Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen

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Random House Australia, 2013 - 737 Seiten
Now available in paperback, the incredible story of Australia's most famous polar explorer and the giants from the heroic age of polar exploration Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, was Australia's greatest Antarctic explorer. This is the incredible account of an expedition he led on December 2, 1911, from Hobart, to explore the virgin frozen coastline below, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. After setting up Main Base at Cape Denision and Western Base on Queen Mary Land, he headed east on an extraordinary sledging trek with his companions, Belgrave Ninnis and Dr Xavier Mertz. After five weeks, tragedy struck—Ninnis was swallowed whole by a snow-covered crevasse, and Mawson and Mertz realized it was too dangerous to go on. Dwindling supplies forced them to kill their dogs to feed the other dogs, at first, and then themselves. Hunger, sickness, and despair eventually got the better of Ninnis, and he succumbed to madness and then to death. Mawson found himself all alone, 160 miles from safety, with next to no food. This staggering tale of his survival, against all odds, also masterfully interweaves the stories of the other giants from the heroic age of polar exploration, to bring the jaw-dropping events of this bygone era dazzlingly back to life.
 

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Inhalt

Introduction Discovering Antarctica
9
WItH SHaCKLetOn
49
Chapter Two Into the Night and Out into the Wilderness
93
Chapter Three Getting Home
130
tHree Men Get OrGanISeD
169
Chapter Five Departures
209
Chapter Six Journey to the Bottom of the Earth
242
Chapter Seven Trials and Errors
279
Chapter Eleven Settling
443
Chapter Twelve The Winter Months
482
Chapter Thirteen Into the Wide White Yonder
521
Chapter Fourteen A CloseRun Thing
563
Chapter Fifteen Now Is the Winter of Our Discontent
601
Epilogue
657
Notes and References
682
Bibliography
713

antarCtICa UnDer SIeGe
307
Chapter Nine To the South
354
Chapter Ten Cape Denison
394
Index
721
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Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, and a busy events and motivational speaker.

He is the author of over twenty-seven books, including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia, Eureka, Ned Kelly, Gallipoli and biographies of Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake, Kim Beazley, Nick Farr-Jones, Les Darcy, Steve Waugh and John Eales, and is one of Australia's biggest selling non-fiction authors of the last fifteen years.

Peter was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations.

He lives with his wife, Lisa Wilkinson, and their three children in Sydney. His forthcoming book is Fromelles and Pozieres- In the Trenches of Hell.

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