Experience one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age in this New York Times bestseller: the harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole.In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day’s sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic’s heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.In Endurance, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton’s fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.
April 1, 2015
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“One of the most gripping, suspenseful, intense stories anyone will ever read.”―Chicago Tribune”Riveting.”―The New York Times”Without a doubt this painstakingly written authentic adventure story will rank as one of the classic tales of the heroic age of exploration.”―Christian Science Monitor”Grit in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity.”―Wall Street Journal”[An] incomparable telling of Shackleton’s travails.”―Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review 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. <div id="
This is an amazing account of Shackleton’s journey that went into intricate details about the twists and turns every step of the way for this small group of brave explorers. It reads like a thrilling fiction novel, but the fact that it is non-fiction makes it even more astounding. The description really paints a true picture of the hellacious conditions that they continued to face time and time again. This book really put into perspective what a challenge truly is. A simple headache that we might get now is nowhere near getting your sleeping bag drenched and still having to sleep in it in temperatures near 0 when you don’t know how the weather or current is going to change while you try to sleep. Great read and really hard to put down because even though you think you know what’s going to happen, you still have to find out how. Would highly recommend if you’re looking for a good book that you will have trouble putting down.
Very cold. Always cold. This is a very detailed (true) story about men trying to survive in a very hostile environment in c. 1915. Stark and full of detail, the reader almost gets to feel the cold, hunger and pain the crew experienced while trying to survive Antarctica and return to civilization. it’s amazing that anyone survived this ordeal let alone all of them. Sadly, many creatures and peaceful animals paid the price for mans survival. The details often are so descriptive and redundant due to the scope of the story, that it sometimes becomes repetitive and familiar. This is because of the constant distress and horrible conditions the crew experienced for such a long time. It’s a well documented and exciting story with a bit of a history lesson that really held my interest. It’s a popular book that is deserving of its high ratings.
I just finished reading 2 of Grann’s books – Lost City of Z & The White Darkness. The latter is the story of Henry Worsley, the grandson of Frank Worsley one of the “extraordinary” men in Lansing’s Endurance. Grann suggested Endurance as a worthy read. Sir Earnest Shackleton & Frank Worsley were two of some 20 men who incredibly survived a journey to Antarctica that went awry from almost its onset. Two years later all hands were rescued through the extraordinary will of the men who found themselves at the mercy of the elements. Lansing’s research & grasp of the situation in which these men found themselves in conjunction with his writing style has put this book at the top of my all time favorites! Fabulous! Fabulous! Anyone 12 or older will be blown away by this true story & this writer!
Have you ever had a horrible nightmare from which you thought you wouldn’t be awakened from? A nightmare so bad that you felt deep consternation even after waking up from it. Quite glad did you become when realization came to you that it was just a dream – now you were in your warm bed, and you are safe. This book is the story of Ernest Shackleton and his 27 men. The difference between your nightmare and theirs is that there was no awakening for them- theirs was real. They lost their ship during Antarctic expedition, named “Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.”Before the expedition, Shackleton named the ship “Endurance” from his family motto, “Fortitudine vincimus” (By endurance we conquer). Very interesting is it to know the crew survived between the wreckage of their ship, Endurance, and their rescue only though tough endurance, so shows their story from this book. The author of this book, Alfred Lansing, was a journalist all his life. He has done a great job at compiling official sail records, each crew’s journal, background world’s history, personal interviews, ship’s manufacture features, and all the information relevant to Endurance and expedition. Through this book will you gain many new perspectives in respect to this expedition, if you already knew their story. If you didn’t know about them, while reading this book, you will feel as though you are their stowaway crew member, having survived along with them on their unexpected 17-month-long journey and be awed at how so did theyAt times, I slowed down and carefully read with wrinkles between my eyes with much concern for the crew members’ well-being. I was worried something horrific might come upon the crew when they run out of food, water; some fell off the boat; many had frostbite; and one had gangrene on his toes from severe frostbite. At other times, I burst out laughing loudly at funny jokes that they made each other, and positive mindset, despite their grim ordeal.Shackleton’s leadership could be a matter of interest to you. He showed countless courageous leadership decisions and sacrifices for his crew throughout the journey. Had it not been for his innate leadership, I am certain the rest of 27 men would not have seen their family ever again. On voyage, they would toast by saying “For our wives and children. May they never meet.” Then did they not have a slightest inkling on how Shackleton would lead them from the grasp of death in the coming months.
“There can be little doubt that Shackleton, in his way, was an extraordinary leader of men.” (p. 11).There is no doubt in my mind that I would not be able to endure even one, the best, day of the unimaginable hardships that the men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Exposition (1914-17)—under the leadership of Sir Ernest Shackleton—struggled with for more than 400 days. They endured and survived some of the most incredible, unbelievable, conditions ever experienced; and Alfred Lansing captures the urgency, the deprivation, and the desperation, with spellbinding storytelling.Recommendation: Best adventure story, ever. Should be read by all, especially those of high school age.“In all the world there is no desolation more complete than the polar night. It is a return to the Ice Age—no warmth, no life, no movement.” (p. 46).Basic Books. Kindle Edition, 268 pages.
This has to be one of the best books I have ever read, without doubt. It is utterly gripping, intricately and expertly written keeping you hooked on every word of every page. The story told here is simply remarkable and the attitude of the brave souls in it marvelously retold. Lansing simultaneously creates this hero image around Shackleton, and as a historian I know this is easy to do when one is being somewhat subjective with selecting what to include, but Lansing manages to create a very raw and real feel to Shackleton as a person and a leader. Crucially important however, he manages to encapsulate the characters, attitudes and morale of every man aboard the fateful expedition and fantastically weaves a tale of immense suspense and intriguing description. How this has not been made into a movie for the modern day is frankly beyond me. Incredible book.
A very British story of heroic failure that turned out to be a triumph of leadership and fortitude. Just before the outbreak of the First World War, gung-ho polar hero Sir Ernest Shackleton led a possibly foolhardy expedition to cross the Antarctic continent by dog sled. The company ran into trouble almost right away when their ship ‘Endurance’ became stranded in pack ice just off the coast and was subsequently smashed by the moving ice flows. The crew had to camp on the ice for a year, gradually drifting northwards and subsisting on sled rations, seals and puffins. Eventually they had to slaughter and eat the dogs. Using three small boats from the Endurance, the crew took to the sea and found temporary safety on a small island. Shackleton and a small crew then sailed one of the boats across the 650 miles across the treacherous Drake Passage to South Georgia island, where a whaling station was located. However, to reach civilization, Shackleton and two others still had to cross a perilous icy mountain range. Within three months all of the crew members had been rescued. The gripping story is reconstructed from the survivors’ diaries and ships logs. Given that the first part of the tale is about hanging around on the ice suffering from constipation (too much seal meat, apparently), then the second part clinging to small boats in heavy seas, suffering from frostbite and sea boils, the tale is well told. The importance of Shackleton in maintaining morale and finding a route out is obvious, but there is no feeling of the man, or even of his intrepid comrades. It is not that kind of book, more a daring boys’-own tale than an examination of what must have been a psychological trauma. It would have been helpful to have had a postscript describing what happened to the survivors.
One of the most gripping fact or fiction books ever written; one of the most ridiculous tales of adventure on the printed page. Lansing’s style doesn’t go in for wild hyperbole as he doesn’t need to – the meticulous research, multiple sources of information and the simple facts of the story of the crew of the endurance tell a gripping tale. Every triumph seems momentary and desperate, life threatening jeopardy is seconds away. An absolute page turner and the fact this book has never been out of print says it all about its lasting legacy. Brilliant from start to finish – absolutely worth every penny and a book you’ll read and re-read over the years. Enjoy – ““For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.” Sir Raymond Priestly, Antarctic Explorer and Geologist.
What an amazing book. Could not put it down, I knew little to nothing of the story but it read like a thriller, made all the more engrossing by the fact it was all true. The details were incredible, and the achievement described within is amazing.I have to confess I was emotional to the point of basically crying at the end, and that has rarely if ever happened from reading a book even though it is one of my favourite past times.Do not pass up the opportunity to read about one of THE great stories of modern times.
An incredible adventure. The beginning was a little tough for me to read but the deeper I went the more I couldn’t put the book down. I’ve bought it because one YouTuber made a video about this story but after reading it I have to admit he failed to convey how challenging it really was. YouTubers name is Thoughty2.
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