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2019 All School Read: Endurance by Alfred Lansing

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"One of the most gripping, suspenseful, intense stories anyone will ever read."―Chicago Tribune
"Riveting."―The New York Times
"Without a doubt this painstakingly written authentic adventure story will rank as one of the classic tales of the heroic age of exploration."―Christian Science Monitor
"Grit in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity."―Wall Street Journal
"[An] incomparable telling of Shackleton's travails."―Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review

All School Read: Endurance by Alfred Lansing

The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.

In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men.
For ten months the ice-moored Endurance drifted northwest before it was finally crushed between two ice floes. With no options left, Shackleton and a skeleton crew attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization. Their survival, and the survival of the men they left behind, depended on their small lifeboat successfully finding the island of South Georgia--a tiny dot of land in a vast and hostile ocean.
In Endurance, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.

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About the Author, Alfred Lansing, and His Photographer, Frank Hurley

Alfred Lansing was a native of Chicago. After serving more than five years in the Navy, he enrolled at North Western University, Illinois and majored in journalism. Until 1949 he edited a weekly newspaper in Illinois. He then joined the United Press and in 1952 became a freelance writer. Endurance was his first book. He died in 1975.

Frank Hurley was an Australian photographer. From 1911-14 he accompanied Douglas Mawson on his Australasian Antarctic Expedition and was one of the party that sledged to the South Pole. On his return he was recruited for Shackleton's trans-Antarctic expedition. He died in Sydney in 1962 at the age of 71.