Race to the End

Race to the End

Amundsen, Scott, and the Attainment of the South Pole

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In connection with the world-famous American Museum of Natural History: the gripping true story of the race to the South Pole

A beautifully told, impeccably researched, and stunningly illustrated account of the arduous quest for social advancement, scientific knowledge, recognition, and pride.

A century ago, England's Robert Falcon Scott and Norway's Roald Amundsen-- two explorers with vastly different visions--set out separately for the South Pole. The race between these "ideal antagonists" resulted in grand heroism, bitter tragedy, and the birth and perpetuation of myths that have lingered for generations.

Race to the End takes readers along on each team's trek to Antarctica, and farther to the South Pole--a journey through Earth's harshest, most unforgiving terrain. MacPhee's piercing insight and keen storytelling illuminates not only the natural, biological, and scientific detail, but also the human and emotional motivation. He helps answer the philosophical question asked of every person who undertakes a dangerous and epic exploration: why did he do it?

These highly illustrated pages feature diary entries; letters from members of the exploration; drawings, paintings, and photographs of the landscape, living quarters, equipment, and methods of transport; as well as never-before-published images of the last items discovered with Scott and his four mates who perished upon their return from the pole mere miles from the warmth and safety of their base camp.

Publisher: New York : Sterling Innovation, c2010.
ISBN: 9781402770296
1402770294
Characteristics: x, 245 p. :,ill. (some col.), col. maps, ports. ;,24 cm.

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Jan 13, 2011

A must for anyone interested in Antartica.

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BRUCE PILCHER
Nov 24, 2010

A frist rate read. This book recounts the story of Scott and Amundsen's race to the pole in a gripping and readable fasion. The author presents some of the controversy surounding Scott's leadership abilities allowing the reader to come to his/her own conclusions about Mr. Scott's abilities.

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