The Last Place on Earth by Roland Huntford

The Last Place on Earth

Roland Huntford
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  • ISBN
    9780375754746 / 0375754741
  • Title The Last Place on Earth
  • Author Roland Huntford
  • Category Geographical Discovery & Exploration
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 1999
  • Pages 640
  • Publisher
    Modern Library
  • Imprint Modern Library Inc
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 134mm x 34mm x 206mm

Annotation

The definitive account of the contest between Britain's Robert Scott and Norway's Raoul Amundsen for the most coveted prize in the age of modern exploration: Antarctica. “One of the great debunking biographies.”—“The New York Times Book Review.”

Publisher Description

In this gripping dual biography, Huntford reexamines every detail of the great race to the South Pole between Britain's Robert Scott and Norway's Raoul Amundsen. Scott, who died along with four of his men only 11 miles from his next cache of supplies, became Britain's beloved failure while Amundsen, who not only beat Scott to the Pole but returned alive, was largely forgotten. A brilliant and highly readable history which captures the driving ambitions of the era and the complex, often deeply flawed, men who were charged with carrying them out.

Review
“A remarkably vivid picture of the agonies and feuds, as well as joys, of polar exploration . . . a fascinating book.”—The New York Times“An extraordinarily rich reading experience.”—Los Angeles TimesAt the beginning of the twentieth century, the South Pole was the most coveted prize in the fiercely nationalistic modern age of exploration. In this brilliant dual biography, the award-winning writer Roland Huntford reexamines every detail of the great race to the South Pole between Britain's Robert Scott and Norway's Roald Amundsen. Scott, who died along with four of his men only eleven miles from his next cache of supplies, became Britain's beloved failure, while Amundsen, who not only beat Scott to the Pole but returned alive, was largely forgotten. This account of their race is a gripping, highly readable history that captures the driving ambitions of the era and the complex, often deeply flawed men who were charged with carrying them out.“The Last Place on Earth” is the first of Huntford's masterly trilogy of polar biographies. It is also the only work on the subject in the English language based on the original Norwegian sources, to which Huntford returned to revise and update this edition.Roland Huntford is the former Scandinavian correspondent for the London Observer. He is the bestselling author of two critically acclaimed biographies of Ernest Shackleton and Fridtjof Nansen as well as the novel “Sea of Darkness.” He lives in Cambridge, England.Jon Krakauer is the author of “Into Thin Air, ” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and “Into the Wild.” His work has appeared in many magazines, including Outside, Smithsonian, and National Geographic. He chose the books in the Modern Library Exploration series for their literary merit and historical significance—and because he found them such a pleasure to read.

Author Biography

Huntford is also the biographer of Scott Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen.

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