Synopses & Reviews
Bound for Antarctica, where polar explorer Ernest Shackleton planned to cross on foot the last uncharted continent, the Endurance
set sail from England in August 1914. In January 1915, after battling its way for six weeks through a thousand miles of pack ice and now only a days sail short of its destination, the Endurance
became locked in an island of ice.
For ten months the ice-moored Endurance drifted northwest before it was finally crushed. But for Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men the ordeal had barely begun. It would end only after a near-miraculous journey by Shackleton and a skeleton crew through over 850 miles of the South Atlantics heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.
This astonishing tale of survival by Shackleton and all twenty-seven of his men for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, defined heroism.” Alfred Lansings brilliantly narrated book has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the Endurances fateful trip.
For the 100th anniversary of Shackletons fateful voyage, a commemorative edition of the classic that the New York Times hailed as one of the great adventure stories of our time”
About the Author
Alfred Lansing (1921-1975) was a native of Chicago. After serving more than five years in the Navy, he enrolled at Northwestern University, where he studied journalism. Until 1949 he edited a weekly newspaper in Illinois, later joined the United Press, and eventually became a freelance writer. Endurance, his first book, was published in 1959.