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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

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The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.

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.


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.


One of the most gripping, suspenseful, intense stories anyone will ever read."
Chicago Tribune
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