The Last Place on Earth (Modern Library Exploration)
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the South Pole was the most coveted prize in the fiercely nationalistic modern age of exploration. In the brilliant dual biography, the award-winning writer Roland Huntford re-examines every detail of the great race to the South Pole between Britain's... show more
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the South Pole was the most coveted prize in the fiercely nationalistic modern age of exploration. In the brilliant dual biography, the award-winning writer Roland Huntford re-examines every detail of the great race to the South Pole between Britain's Robert Scott and Norway's Roald Amundsen. Scott, who dies 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.
Publish date: 1999-09-07
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 640
Edition language: English
This book is many things: the story of the race to the South Pole, a dual biography of the rivals, Englishman Captain Robert F. Scott and Norwegian Roald Amundsen, adventure and exploration of the Antarctic, and above all a tale of leadership--superb and inept. The book, which the New York Times ...
I didn't really know anything about polar travel or the race to the South Pole until I read this book. The lasting impression that I cam away with is that Scott was a monumental idiot who, had he lived, should have been court-martialed and probably shot for his incompetence.This book is extremely w...
One of the best nonfiction I've read. Huntford has a (typically British) way of turning a nifty phrase which makes even the long build-up to Antarctica interesting. And once Amundsen and Scott DO reach Antarctica...fantastic stuff. A terrific study of good--and bad--leadership.
A different worldThe world was so different one hundred years ago. In 1911, there were no more major landmasses to discover, and technology wasn't quite advanced enough yet to dream about going to the bottom of the ocean, or landing on the moon, but the honor of being first to reach the South Pole w...