<em>Shackleton</em> By Roland Huntford (1986)

No. 9

Oct 27, 2009
Outside Magazine

Most readers know the basics from Caroline Alexander's The Endurance: When Antarctic ice trapped his ship in 1915, Ernest Shackleton led his 27-man crew on an epic two-year journey of survival. But in this massive 774-page work, written more than a decade before Alexander's bestseller, Roland Huntford goes beyond the 1914–16 expedition to paint Shackleton as an adventure hustler, an unfaithful husband, and a heavy drinker who was often broke and always chasing the next big score. Huntford's Shackleton is a grand adventurer but not the sharpest tool in the shed—rightly remembered for his leadership on the Endurance but, perhaps kindly, not much else.

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