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Mawson: And the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen By Peter FitzSimons,

  • Title: Mawson: And the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen
  • Author: Peter FitzSimons
  • ISBN: 9781741666601
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The incredible story of Australia s most famous polar explorer and the giants from the heroic age of polar exploration Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, was Australia s greatest Antarctic explorer This is the incredible account of an expedition he led on December 2, 1911, from Hobart, to explore the virgin frozen coastline below, 2000 miles of which had nThe incredible story of Australia s most famous polar explorer and the giants from the heroic age of polar exploration Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, was Australia s greatest Antarctic explorer This is the incredible account of an expedition he led on December 2, 1911, from Hobart, to explore the virgin frozen coastline below, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot After setting up Main Base at Cape Denision and Western Base on Queen Mary Land, he headed east on an extraordinary sledging trek with his companions, Belgrave Ninnis and Dr Xavier Mertz After five weeks, tragedy struck Ninnis was swallowed whole by a snow covered crevasse, and Mawson and Mertz realized it was too dangerous to go on Dwindling supplies forced them to kill their dogs to feed the other dogs, at first, and then themselves Hunger, sickness, and despair eventually got the better of Ninnis, and he succumbed to madness and then to death Mawson found himself all alone, 160 miles from safety, with next to no food This staggering tale of his survival, against all odds, also masterfully interweaves the stories of the other giants from the heroic age of polar exploration, to bring the jaw dropping events of this bygone era dazzlingly back to life.
    Mawson And the Ice Men of the Heroic Age Scott Shackleton and Amundsen The incredible story of Australia s most famous polar explorer and the giants from the heroic age of polar exploration Douglas Mawson born in and knighted in was Australia s greatest Antar

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    1. As the author states in the introduction, this book was planned to be a biography of Sir Douglas Mawson, the famous Australian Antarctic explorer, however he soon found that it was difficult to tell his story in isolation of the other greats like Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton And finishing the book he is correct I guess nothing in history happens in isolation, but since all the expeditions overlapped in timing and Mawson was part of the earlier Shackleton expedition, no event in this book was u [...]

    2. Some books resonate with you and grab your interest I would not have picked up Mawson myself, but after receiving it as a birthday present, I was immediately rivetted to it The fact that no one, neither Europeans or anyone else, knew about Antarctica until so recently created an initial intrigue My curiousity was piqued further as I found out that I had traced some of the steps Mawson had previously taken As a 2 year old en route from Yorkshire he was caught climbing the rigging on the ship I wa [...]

    3. Peter Fitzsimons has a unique writing style which really breathes life into the story of Mawson alongside the other famous explorers of the golden age of exploration, Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen Before reading this book, I had read books about modern day adventures in Antarctica but thought I d stick to a basic history of earlier explorations there Then for Christmas I received this book and all that changed I was about to delve into the world of grueling hardships and ardent romance experien [...]

    4. An amazing insight into the exploration of the Antarctic by 4 great explorers, not just while they were exploring, but in how they worked to get expeditions under way As always, these are great case studies for leadership, too.I really liked the way the book is set out chronologically It is clear that at the same time that Mawson is fundraising for his expedition, Shackleton is assisting him, Scott is heading to the Antarctic and Amundsen is advising his crew that they are also headed to the Sou [...]

    5. Peter FitzSimons has an unusual writing style it comes across as a third person diary entry and is hard to get your head around initially However, he covers a fascinating and awe inspiring period of history and the many personalities and events associated with it with great detail and fluency which keeps you engaged despite the hefty weight of this tome Individuals are profiled, trivial and significant events detailed and the huge accomplishments of Douglas Mawson a real Australian hero and his [...]

    6. Extensively researched, but written with a light touch The travails of Scott vs Amundsen as to which would reach the South Pole first have been thoroughly documented, but still Amundsen with his dog team vs Scott with his ponies because dogs weren t on, old sport seriously, WTF and the motor vehicles which immediately seized and fell into the nearest crevasse No contest.And then Mawson an Australian explorer and scientist, who definitely had the best time of it, and at least got to the Southern [...]

    7. Awesome naration of the conquest and failures of south pole Story of pride, nature, humble man It has it all

    8. Really enjoy the way Peter FitzSimons brings together the triumphs and tragedies of these explorers to paint a clear picture of what was occurring in terms of exploration around that period, while still providing exceptional detail.I also enjoy the way the author injects his personal views on specific key points, such as the type of equipment preferred by expedition leaders etc His style of writing also appeals to me.A lengthy book, but for me who has always been intrigued by these types of feat [...]

    9. If you have not yet read numerous accounts of the voyages of Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen, this book will prove a great introduction In FitzSimons usual style, he breathes life into tales that have either been long forgotten, or told and retold a hundred times.The title is misleading I think it was the publisher s attempt to carve out a niche in a period of exploration that is well documented However, the book does make a compelling case that Mawson was the equal of Scott and Shackleton Unfort [...]

    10. A big book, but very rewarding The author relates the story of Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton and Mawson in a comfortable prose as if narrating in the present tense The descriptions of the landscape of Antarctica and insight into the emotions and privations of the explorers were brilliant and I felt genuine emotion as different things happened I also enjoyed how the stories of the people who personally and professionally supported the main characters were woven in Most particularly, the romance [...]

    11. GrippingFitzsimons has a unique storytelling style that happens to agree with me I would liken it to watching a Guy Richie film it seems to run in fast forward motion, while still preserving a sense of intimacy We learn something of daily life over the long winters in Antarctica as well as getting a gripping narrative of the struggle to survive of several of these explorers when missions go awry I was unfamiliar with this history and found this book to be a great, and highly engaging, introducti [...]

    12. A book chosen for our bookclub not one I d normally choose personally I m sure people into historical nonfiction will love this topic brought to life in fitzsimons enthusiastic manner Because of its length we decided to read it on audio which was lucky because I was able to jack the speed up to x3 Which made the 24 hrs into 7 30 I would have never have finished the print version especially as only a third of the book is actually about Mawson, I know the exploration of Antarctic is interlinked bu [...]

    13. A tough read After two hndred pages, I felt I was slogging across the Antartic and not making any progress I felt like leaving the tent and justgoing for a walk It s a pity because FitzSimons is normally a rollicking read.

    14. Like some others have said, this book is a bit of a slog The subject matter is extremely interesting, but I felt the book was far too long There is only so much you can say about preparing for and embarking on an Antarctic expedition

    15. Too much in one book Each of the men involved have biographies of there own and this has the feel of the author trying to guess how each of the characters interacted at times His book on Kingsford Smith was far better Trivia, my father attended lectures by Mawson at Adelaide University

    16. A good read, written for interested general readers I liked the chronological approach which compared three expeditions that were happening on the continent at almost the same time It s the first time I ve seen anyone take quiet this approach before.

    17. Fitzsimons always writes a well researched, fascinating book I just wish they were not so dull at times at the start Regardless, the books he writes are always informative and fascinating by the time you get well into them, and as always, I enjoy them truly by the time I get to the end.

    18. Amazing tale of the most courageous explorers I have heard Told with a great narrative and detail The wonders of Antarctica really brought home the challenge of exploring this place through this book.

    19. Struggled to the 270 s of 700 plus and gave it away Toooooo much detail and a writing style which couldn t maintain its tense or what person it was speaking in I had no inspiration left to get me through the rest of it.

    20. Fitzsimons does it again.We know the story, but this fills in the gaps and then some.Well written, good data, a pleasure to read.

    21. Excellent story, though some of it quite difficult to listen to from a modern day perspective things were done a bit differently back in the daybut amazing story of overcoming

    22. 3.5 Stars really A hard read with lots of facts about the time of these great men on the ice Very interesting read, but hard to get through

    23. Have always enjoyed Peter FitzSimons books like Batavia and Mawson is no exception A well written, engrossing read Mawson was a good goer, eh

    24. Was a very good read A little long winded but overall I really enjoyed Nice knowing a little bit of our history.

    25. WEll researched an easy and interesting read I liked the chronology of Scott, Shackleton, Amundsen as well as Mawson.

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