Het Laatste Continent


Boeken over Antarctica

Roland Huntford - Shackleton



Uitgever: Abacus, Londen
Verschijningsdatum: 1985
Aantal blz.: 774
ISBN: 0 349 10744 0


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Roland Huntford - Shackleton


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Ernest Shackleton was the quintessential Edwardian hero. A comtemporary - and adversary - of Scott, he sailed on the Discovery expedition of 1900, and went on to mount three expeditions of his own. Like Scott, he was a social adventurer: snow and ice held no particular attraction for him, but the pursuit of wealth, fame and power did. Yet Shackleton, an Anglo-Irishman who left school at 16, needed status to raise money for his own expeditions. At various times he was involved in journalism, politics, manufacturing and City fortune-hunting - none of them very effectively. A frustrated poet, he was never to be successful with money, but he did succeed in marrying it.

At his height he was fêted as a national hero, knighted by Edward VII, and granted 20,000 pound by the government for achievements which were, and remain, the very stuff of legend. But the world to which he returned in 1917 after the sensational Endurance expedition did not seem to welcome surviving heroes. Poverty-stricken by the end of the war, he had to pay off his debts through writing and endless lecturing. He finally obtained funds for another expedition, but died of a heart attack, aged only 47, as it reached South Georgia.

Shackleton is more than a biography of that 'flame of leadership'. It is a great adventure story, suffused with the spirit of Edwardianism.


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