Notable New BooksJan 1, 2003
The EnduranceAntarctic Expedition
by Caroline AlexanderA collection of Frank Hurley's previously unpublished photographs would be worth the price of this book, but Caroline Alexander's text, which is a retelling of the tale and is a complete look at what happened to those hardy adventurers, is doubly interesting. All the accounts published thus far have focused just on the journey itself or were limited to only one person's view. This latest book tells the whole story of how they survived being stuck in the ice, but it also gives a broader perspective by describing the significance of the voyage and explaining what each of the men went on to do afterward.
Most would never again have such defining moments as they had in the Antarctic, and they slipped into obscurity, including Shackleton himself. Alexander describes how the ship's captain, Frank Worsley even went so far as to almost try to have another Arctic expedition get stuck in the ice just so he might relive a few of his glory days on Endurance. If you can't visit New York's American Museum of Natural History for the coming show on Endurance (see page 6), this book is a close second to the experience.
Alfred A. Knopf, New York; 800-793-BOOK; 210 pages; $29.95.