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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.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward J. Larson presents a fascinating new take on the Antarctic expeditions of the early twentieth century, placing them within a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context.

About the Author

Edward J. Larson is a professor of history and law at Pepperdine University and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion and several other books.John Allen Nelson's critically acclaimed roles on television's 24 and Vanished are among the highlights of his twenty-five-plus years as an actor, screenwriter, and film producer. As a narrator, he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his reading of Zoo Story by Thomas French.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781452603148
Author:
Larson, Edward J.
Publisher:
Tantor Media Inc
Author:
Larson, Edward J.
Author:
Nelson, John Alle
Author:
Nelson, John Allen
Author:
N
Author:
llen
Author:
Nelson, John A.
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Arctic and Antarctic-General
Subject:
General Biography
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 0.6 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Arctic and Antarctic » General
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General
Travel » General

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