Mawson: and the ice men of the heroic age: Scott, Shackelton and Amundsen.

Mawson: and the ice men of the heroic age: Scott, Shackelton and Amundsen. Peter FitzSimons.

Sydney: Random House, 2012. Octavo, paperback, black and white photographs, maps.

This book details the historic race to become the first team to reach the South Pole. On 2 December 1911, Sir Douglas Mawson left Hobart on his Australasian Antarctic Expedition to explore the virgin frozen coastline below Australia, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. He was on his way to fulfil a dream he had first conceived three years earlier, while on his first trip to the frozen continent on the Nimrod expedition under the leadership of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Even as Mawson and his men were approaching Antarctica, two other famous Antarctic explorers were already engaged in their own expeditions. While Roald Amundsen of Norway, with his small team, was racing with dogs along one route, England's legendary Scott of the Antarctic, with his far larger team, was relying primarily on ponies and 'man-hauling' to get there along another. As Mawson and his men make their home on the windiest place on earth and prepare for their own record-breaking treks, with devastating drama to be their constant companion, the stories of Amundsen and Scott similarly play out. With his trademark in-depth research, FitzSimons provides a compelling portrait of these great Antarctic explorers. For the first time, he weaves together their legendary feats into one thrilling account, bringing the jaw-dropping events of this bygone era dazzlingly back to life. Also available in hardcover see [stock id 34914].

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