I stumbled upon this book in my local bookstore. My initial reaction was complete and utter bafflement, simply because I can´t wrap my mind around the thought that Reinhold Messner has written a book about the Shackleton Expedition. Especially since there is a famous non-fiction book out there written by Alfred Lansing. If someone would force me to choose between these two books I would always pick the one written by the journalist instead of the one written by a guy who is climbing mountains.
However, I did take a peek at the first few pages and I already spotted a pet peeve of mine. There are extensive amounts of dialogue between the characters, so for me it´s more of a fictionalized account of the expedition than an actual work of non-fiction. And I tend to dislike these kind of books. But I might get this book from the library, because I´m curios about this book.