Race to the End: Scott, Amundsen and the South Pole (Hardback)

by Ross D. E. MacPhee

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Race to the End is the gripping true story of the race to the South Pole. 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 the two resulted in grand heroism, bitter tragedy, and the birth and perpetuation of myths that have lingered for generations. The book recaptures each team's trek to Antarctica, and on to the South Pole -- a journey through Earth's harshest, most unforgiving terrain. Ross 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 they do it? The highly illustrated pages feature diary entries, letters from members of the exploration teams, drawings, paintings, and photographs of the landscape, living quarters, equipment, and methods of transport. Images of the last items discovered with Scott and his four mates, who perished upon their return from the South Pole mere miles from the warmth and safety of their base camp, are published here for the first time.

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Published
15/09/2011

Publisher
The Natural History Museum

ISBN
9780565092719


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