January 20, 2014

Sir Ernest Shackleton's perilous adventure

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance
by Jennifer Armstrong

In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men set sail from England to Antarctica. Their mission: to be the first explorers to cross the icy continent from one side to another. But five months later, their ship, the Endurance, became trapped in the ice. Thus began their perilous journey to Elephant Island. If that wasn't hard enough, Shackleton and five others set sail on a 800-mile journey in an open boat to South Georgia Island in search of rescue.

Jennifer Armstrong tells this almost unbelievable story with great drama and detail, making for an exciting, tension-filled read that is hard to put down. Her descriptive prose brings the harsh, incredible Antarctic continent to life, while her vivid depictions of Shackleton and his men make clear the importance of teamwork and leadership. Her book reads like an amazing adventure novel, pulling readers in wholeheartedly. 

Not for the faint-of-heart, especially those who dislike cold, wind, and frigid waters, this is an excellent book. Highly recommended.

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