The Crossing of Antarctica: Original Photographs from the Epic Journey That Fulfilled Shackleton's Dream - George Lowe, Huw Lewis-Jones

“One of the ongoing English peculiarities, it seems, is that success is not remembered as much as disaster.” And so it is that most of us have been captivated by Ernest Shackleton’s efforts to cross the Antarctic continent (tenacious, heroic, yet terribly unsuccessful), and yet likely know next to nothing about this quest’s cheerful completion in 1958. The Crossing of Antarctica: Original Photographs from the Epic Journey That Fulfilled Shackleton’s Dream (Thames & Hudson, $40) should reverse this state of affairs and reignite curiosity in mid-century exploration and its “forgotten hero,” New Zealander George Lowe. Lowe’s camera work and mountain skill on the Everest expedition earned him a spot on the Trans-Antarctic Expedition four years later. Lowe was in the process of committing his life to paper with Huw Lewis-Jones when he passed away in 2013, leaving an incredible trove of reflections and unpublished photographs, gathered here for the first time. Crisp, stunningly still images of ice are included alongside artful portraits and action shots that capture the human aspects of the expedition, in its equally infinite tedium and camaraderie. Accompanying essays form a prose montage of Antarctic exploration, fleshing out the passion, prosaicness, and peculiarities of the polar itch amongst those who have followed in George Lowe’s footsteps.
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ISBN: 9780500252024
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 16th, 2014

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette - Hampton Sides

In 1879, a team of over thirty men sailed to the North Pole in an attempt to discover and document that frigid terra incognita. Sponsored and funded by James Gordon Bennett, Jr., owner of The New York Herald (who had also sent Stanley on his quest for Livingstone), the mission was motivated by a combination of curiosity, greed, and hubris. When the ship had gotten as far as the 72nd parallel, near Wrangel Island, it was trapped in ice; it stayed stuck for two years, briefly floated, then sank, leaving the explorers stranded and desperately trying to save their own lives. In the Kingdom of Ice, (Doubleday, $28.95), by Hampton Sides, is the story of the U.S.S. Jeannette’s crew; Sides recreates how these intrepid individuals walked across a frozen sea and faced death, bringing their expedition to life in the most brutal and vivid ways. This is not a book for the faint of heart, but it is a book that you can’t put down.

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$28.95
ISBN: 9780385535373
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Published: Doubleday - August 5th, 2014

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780307946911
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Published: Anchor - May 26th, 2015