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Published March 19th 1999 by Basic Books (first published 1959)
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.
I love the adventure of this book- and it's all true! It's a great look into exploring and survival in the early 1900's. The hardships and situations these men endured were truly amazing. It has long been a favorite of mine and a book I keep coming back to! I've also listened to the book on CD a few times and it's very well read.