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Alfred Lansing (1921–1975)

Autor/a de Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

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Editor and author Alfred Lansing is best known for Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, a historical account of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 voyage to Antarctica, written for a young adult audience. Using diaries of expedition members and interviews with those still living, Lansing tells the mostra'n més story of the expedition, which met with disaster when their ship, the Endurance, was surrounded and eventually crushed by ice, leaving Shackleton and his crew trapped on the ice floes for five months before they were able to escape to open water in one of the lifeboats. In 1960, Lansing received both the Christopher Award and the Secondary Education Board's Book Award for Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. Alfred Lansing was born in Chicago in 1921. He served in the U.S. Navy throughout World War II, receiving the Purple Heart. Upon leaving the Navy in 1946, he returned to school, attending North Park College for two years and then transferring to Northwestern University. He worked as a writer for United Press and for Collier's magazine, as a freelance writer, and later as an editor for Time, Inc. Books. Lansing died in 1975. He and his wife, Barbara, whom he married in 1955, had two children. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

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Michigan, USA
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
Northwestern University
North Park College
United Press
US Navy (WWII)



Truly one of the best books I’ve ever read. A little slow at the beginning but then I couldn’t put it down.
kevindern | Hi ha 122 ressenyes més | Oct 27, 2023 |
I was a little apprehensive to read a book written 60 years ago about events that happened 100 ago (would the language be boring?) but it was incredible. I heard about it from my husband so even knowing much of what happens and how it ends, it was still amazingly captivating. I remarked to him that if someone had tried writing these events as a fiction book the editor and/or the public would have trashed the book because of how unbelievable it was - but this really happened. Any of this would have been my own personal hell and if I had been a member of this crew I would have moved to the desert and become a vegetarian I think!

I don't read a lot of non-fiction but I really highly recommend this!
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Fatula | Hi ha 122 ressenyes més | Sep 25, 2023 |
Highly recommended by my EWS FACAD. Read this book via audiobook while training for a marathon in Quantico while at EWS. Made training much easier when in comparison with the trials and tribulations of Shackleton and his crew. Incredible read that I highly recommend anyone with any reading interests to enjoy.
SDWets | Hi ha 122 ressenyes més | Sep 6, 2023 |
I probably would have paid attention in my high school history class if they taught us about Sir Ernest Shackleton and his impressive voyage on the Endurance. This is an unbelievable story, and one that Alfred Lansing tells superbly in his book, Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage.

My interest in Shackleton and the Endurance began with an episode on the television show, Histories Greatest Mysteries. A crew was searching for the lost Endurance and the episode told the harrowing tale of Shackleton and his crew.

I was intrigued by the story and wanted to know more details so I purchased the book, Endurance by Alfred Lansing, through my Audible subscription. I certainly learned a lot from this book. Shackleton, an expedition leader, was determined to reach the South Pole and establish a base on Antarctica’s Weddell Sea Coast. He and his crew of 27 men and 69 dogs set sail on December 5, 1914. They were to be the first to cross the continent.

Their adventure was troublesome with constantly being trapped in pack ice that made their progress extremely slow. On January 18, 1915, the Endurance became permanently stuck in the pack ice. Initially, they waited out the winter weather on the ship. Once the pack ice began damaging the ship, Shackleton and his crew had no choice but to abandon the Endurance. They established a camp on the ice floe, always intending to get to land. Navigating the ever changing ice floes and sailing in their smaller boats, Shackleton and his crew eventually reached Elephant Island, 497 days into their journey.

From there, Shackleton and five other men, set sail again for a whaling station 800 miles away. It took them 16 days. When they finally reached land, the weather had gotten them so far off course, they were on the opposite side of the island from where they intended. Shackleton and two men hiked, sometimes making progress...

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NatalieRiley | Hi ha 122 ressenyes més | Sep 4, 2023 |



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