Synopses & Reviews
"While the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration lasted from 1897-1922, Pulitzer-winner Larson (A Magnificent Catastrophe) focuses on the British Antarctic expeditions prior to World War I in his study of the era and its accomplishments. British explorers Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton take center stage, joined by Norwegian Roald Amundsen, as Larson examines the numerous attempts to reach the South Pole, including Scott's tragic last journey and Amundsen's victory. Transcending those tales, he analyzes how these missions furthered science, dividing his narrative into various disciplines: from oceanography to geology, biology to magnetism, we see how these missions were as much about 'how science gave meaning to adventure' as they were a 'dash to the South Pole.' While Scott's last expedition 'came to stand for little more than relentless perseverance in the face of inevitable defeat,' Larson skillfully details how these missions expanded knowledge of Antarctica across an array of fields, and how Scott sacrificed everything to bring home a few more specimens. The result is an insightful, accessible, enlightening account of an age when exploration 'reflected the values of the Edwardian age: fitness and science mattered.' b&w photos. Agent: B.G. Dilworth, B.G. Dilworth Agency. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.