The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, "defined heroism." Alfred Lansing's scrupulously researched and brilliantly narrated book -- with over 200,000 copies sold -- has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the Endurance's fateful trip. To write their authoritative story, Lansing consulted with ten of the surviving members and gained access to diaries and personal accounts by eight others. The resulting book has all the immediacy of a first-hand account, expanded with maps and illustrations especially for this edition.
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Shackleton's incredible voyage was a massive expedition with a 28 person crew. On the way to Antarctica the Endurance became stuck in a ice pack miles from the coast. Unfortunately after many weeks of being stuck in the ice and many attempts to free the ship the ship feel victim to the ship-crushing ice. Soon It became apparent that the ship was irreparable Shackleton gave the order to abandon ship. After the ship was abandon the real story begins, the crew of the Endurance had to battle the Antarctic climate just to survive the on the ice. Even though the crew had sled dogs the transporting of supplies was not easy. The crew also had to pull the ships life boats in order to ensure that they could cross water in the future. As a result the expedition became much more difficult because each ship weighed close to a ton. The book also vividly depicts how difficult it was for the crew of the endurance to kill and eat their dogs, a step necessary for all of his crew to survive the voyage. I think it is incredible for people to survive.
The main theme of the story is learning how to overcome incredible obstacles with team work. Shackleton, the main character of the novel and lead of the expedition, and wanted to travel across the Antarctic continent. Then When the ship became stuck in the ice floe of the coast of Antarctica it becomes apparent to him that he was responsible for the safe passage of his 28 crew members.
In my opinion I think that the story of Shackleton and the crew of the endurance should be read by everyone, because early exploration is a very interesting topic for books. Also the voyage of the endurance is possibly the most well documented early twentieth century expeditions ever. Shackleton in fact employed a professional photographer to document the entire voyage and as a result there are hundreds of photos and hours of film about the endurance and her crew.