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Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

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"An important missing story from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration." Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep Survival

On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface.

Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?"

This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley's famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.

Review:

"If you like frostbite-inducing weather and death-defying adventure stories, then award-winning author David Roberts gives you what you want: a wonderfully told, impressively researched tale of brave explorers confronting Antarctic blizzards, a deadly landscape pockmarked with deep crevasses and intrepid men trying to come back alive." Chuck Leddy, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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"Impressively seamless and straightforward. A tale of action...strongly founded on the words of the expeditionary members themselves." Christina Thompson, Boston Globe

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"Mawson, the unsung hero of Antarctica, gets his due at last." Paul Harris, Guardian

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"Admirably succeeds in restoring the luster that the [expedition] and its leader deserve." Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post

About the Author

David Roberts is the winner of the Prix Méditerrané and the grand prize at the Banff Mountain Book Festival. He is the author of The Mountain of My Fear and Deborah. He lives in Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393347784
Subtitle:
The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration
Author:
Roberts, David
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Polar Regions
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20140303
Binding:
Hardback
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
20.96 x 13.97 mm

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Product details 368 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393347784 Reviews:
"Review" by , "If you like frostbite-inducing weather and death-defying adventure stories, then award-winning author David Roberts gives you what you want: a wonderfully told, impressively researched tale of brave explorers confronting Antarctic blizzards, a deadly landscape pockmarked with deep crevasses and intrepid men trying to come back alive."
"Review" by , "Impressively seamless and straightforward. A tale of action...strongly founded on the words of the expeditionary members themselves."
"Review" by , "Mawson, the unsung hero of Antarctica, gets his due at last."
"Review" by , "Admirably succeeds in restoring the luster that the [expedition] and its leader deserve."
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