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Monday, April 11, 2016

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

My latest book was  Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing.  Next up are The Recognitions, Chapterhouse: Dune, and The Education of Henry Adams.

I really had trouble putting this book down, finishing it in only four days.  Endurance, named for Shackleton's ship, tells the true story of an expedition that intended to be the first to ever traverse Antarctica only to go horribly awry.   The account amounts to the most powerful look into mankind's ability to cope, adapt, survive and endure that I've ever had.  Of the 28 men on that ship, only 6 were supposed to disembark in Antarctica to make the journey.  But when the ice unexpectedly trapped and eventually crushed their ship, all of them were trapped on an ice floe without a real plan to get to land or hope of being rescued.