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Nimrod: Ernest Shackleton and the Extraordinary Story of the 1907-1909 British Antarctic Expedition

Biography / MemoirOut of Print

By: Beau Riffenburgh

358 pages, B/w plates, illus

Bloomsbury Publishing

Hardback | Oct 2004 | #152699 | ISBN: 0747572542
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A vivid account of Shackleton's second Antarctic voyage 1907-09, the first under his command (his previous and not very satisfactory Antarctic experience was with Scott). The Nimrod expedition, based at Cape Royds, explored the McMurdo Sound region, reached a new furthest south (turning back just 97 miles from their goal) and planted the Union Jack at the South Magnetic Pole. Returning a national hero, Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII. Edgeworth David with Douglas Mawson and Alistair Mackay pioneered a new route to the Magnetic South Pole, an extraordinary 1,260-mile trek without the benefit of dogs.

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Beau Riffenburgh is an historian specialising in exploration, particularly that of the Antarctic, Arctic, and Africa. Born in California, he earned his doctorate at Cambridge University, following which he joined the staff at the Scott Polar Research Institute, where he is the editor of Polar Record. He is the author of the highly regarded The Myth of the Explorer and is currently serving as Editor of the Encyclopedia of the Antarctic.

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