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An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science

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Published to coincide with the centenary of the first expeditions to reach the South Pole, An Empire of Ice presents a fascinating new take on Antarctic exploration. Retold with added information, it's the first book to place the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context.

Efficient, well prepared, and focused solely on the goal of getting to his destination and back, Amundsen has earned his place in history as the first to reach the South Pole. Scott, meanwhile, has been reduced in the public mind to a dashing incompetent who stands for little more than relentless perseverance in the face of inevitable defeat. An Empire of Ice offers a new perspective on the Antarctic expeditions of the early twentieth century by looking at the British efforts for what they actually were: massive scientific enterprises in which reaching the South Pole was but a spectacular sideshow. By focusing on the larger purpose, Edward Larson deepens our appreciation of the explorers' achievements, shares little-known stories, and shows what the Heroic Age of Antarctic discovery was really about.

About the Author

Edward J. Larson is University Professor of History and holds the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. His numerous books include Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion, for which he received a Pulitzer Prize in History. Larson splits his time betweenand#160;Georgia and California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300154085
Author:
Larson, Edward J
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Larson, Edward J.
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Arctic and Antarctic-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
54 b/w illus.
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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