King (ed.) - Scott's last journey
The dramatic disappearance of the explorer Captain Robert
Falcon Scott and his companions in their race to reach the
South Pole was seen by their contemporaries as creating
heroes in a new mould. A few years later, during World War
I, Scott's rival Shackleton also nearly met his death in
the Antarctic, becoming in the process another hero. Both
men were set on a pedestal, uncritically, because they tried
As the years have gone by, Scott's reputation has been
weighed in the balance with Shackleton's - and found wanting.
Even the precious journals that Scott wrote on the journey
are no longer in print, while photographs of the expedition
have gathered dust in scientific institutes. In this new
edition of the journals, Peter King re-examines Scott's
exploits, setting his own account against modern studies
of the Polar Race and thus enabling readers to make their
own judgements for the first time.
The text is illuminated by a selection of photographs,
many of breath-taking quality, taken by one of the greatest
Antarctic explorers, Herbert Ponting, who accompanied Scott.
More than a hundred and forty of these, many only recently
released by the Royal Geographical Society, bring this extraordinary
story to life.
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