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The late 1890s saw the start of a "heroic age" in polar exploration. This book tells the story of three men who were to embody the spirit of the time – driven by courage, determination and ambition, to be the first to discover the South Pole: Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen and Ernest Shackleton.
South: The Race to the Pole describes the extraordinary challenges faced and hardships endured in their attempts.
Illustrated throughout, the book contains a map depicting the routes of the various expeditions, crew lists, a selected bibliography and suggested reading, and recommended websites. This new edition will be thoroughly revised throughout and contain a new introduction to reflect new research and discoveries regarding these expeditions as well as more recent attempts in traveling to the Pole, in addition to containing new images from the Royal Museums Greenwich Collection.
Pieter van der Merwe MBE is General Editor of Royal Museums Greenwich, having been on the staff of the National Maritime Museum since 1974. He has authored and edited a number of books on aspects of British maritime history.
Jeremy Michell is Curator of Historic Photographs and Ships Plans, and is the lead curator for the new Polar Worlds gallery at the National Maritime Museum.