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The White Darkness By The New York Times Bestselling Author Of Killers Of The Flower Moon , A Powerful True Story Of Adventure And Obsession In The Antarctic, Lavishly Illustrated With Color Photographs Henry Worsley Was A Devoted Husband And Father And A Decorated British Special Forces Officer Who Believed In Honor And Sacrifice He Was Also A Man Obsessed He Spent His Life Idolizing Ernest Shackleton, The Nineteenth Century Polar Explorer, Who Tried To Become The First Person To Reach The South Pole, And Later Sought To Cross Antarctica On Foot Shackleton Never Completed His Journeys, But He Repeatedly Rescued His Men From Certain Death, And Emerged As One Of The Greatest Leaders In HistoryWorsley Felt An Overpowering Connection To Those Expeditions He Was Related To One Of Shackleton S Men, Frank Worsley, And Spent A Fortune Collecting Artifacts From Their Epic Treks Across The Continent He Modeled His Military Command On Shackleton S Legendary Skills And Was Determined To Measure His Own Powers Of Endurance Against Them He Would Succeed Where Shackleton Had Failed, In The Most Brutal Landscape In The WorldIn , Worsley Set Out Across Antarctica With Two Other Descendants Of Shackleton S Crew, Battling The Freezing, Desolate Landscape, Life Threatening Physical Exhaustion, And Hidden Crevasses Yet When He Returned Home He Felt Compelled To Go Back On November , At Age , Worsley Bid Farewell To His Family And Embarked On His Most Perilous Quest To Walk Across Antarctica AloneDavid Grann Tells Worsley S Remarkable Story With The Intensity And Power That Have Led Him To Be Called Simply The Best Narrative Nonfiction Writer Working Today Illustrated With Than Fifty Stunning Photographs From Worsley S And Shackleton S Journeys, The White Darkness Is Both A Gorgeous Keepsake Volume And A Spellbinding Story Of Courage, Love, And A Man Pushing Himself To The Extremes Of Human Capacity A riveting true story of Henry Worsley, a born leader and man obsessed with exploring the challenging, breathtakingly beautiful terrain of Antarctica, following in the footsteps of his idol Ernest Shackleton I immediately became immersed in this remarkable story Worsley s notes and recorded telecommunications of his exploration are pieced together expertly by David Grann, never dragging with details Photos are included in all the right places Worsley s first exploration leading a courageous crew through this brutal and unforgiving landscape and a separate solo journey years later both took my breath away It never ceases to amaze me what a human body and mind can endure and when they decide no I was overcome with emotion nearing the final pages Worsley sacrificed so much to make his dreams reality My heart went out to his wife and children. 3.5 I have such a fascination with books set in places that are excessively cold and snow laden Not sure why that is, especially since I don t really want to live in these places, and due to health reasons will probably never even get to visit I also find intriguing people who do dangerous and near impossible things I try to figure out the mindset of people who feel compelled to take these risks I m not very adventurous, was so when I was younger, but not to some extreme extent.Worsley, who idiolized Shackleton, was a descendant of one of the men on his crew, and was a British special Forces Officer With two other men, also descendants of Shackletons crew, set off to complete the journey in Antartica that Shackleton was unable to complete This mission would not be enough, there would be another trip, and then at the last when Worsley attempts to walk across Antartica on a solo trip.The writing is very detailed, the pictures aid the reader along with the descriptions to feel as if they were at times along for the journey The book is rather short, and moves quickly There are interesting touches of his personal life, his wife, son and daughter, how they felt about his journeys Quotes from Shackleton and a few brief mentions of Prince William presenting the men with a signed Union Jack flag.A look at a brave man who felt compelled to accomplish the impossible.ARC from Edelweiss. For scientific leadership, give me Scott for swift and efficient travel, Amundsen but when you are in a hopeless situation, when there seems to be no way out, get on your knees and pray for Shackleton Every time I see this photograph of Shackleton s ship, the Endurance, frozen in the ice, I get a chill.One of the most selfless acts in the history of exploration happened in 1908 when Ernest Shackleton made the decision to turn back from his goal of reaching the South Pole, a mere 97 nautical miles away The Holy Grail was only a few days travel It was all but within his grasp.There was something important to Shackleton than his own personal aggrandizement it was the safety of his men He calculated the status of the remaining supplies and determined that the risk to his men was too great to make it to the Pole and make it back safelyalive He did the unthinkable, something few other leaders would have the courage to do he turned back He did not worry about the aspersions that would be cast at him for cowardice or the ridicule that his jeering competition would hurl his direction He would much rather live with that than live with the deaths of his men I had to ask myself, would I have been courageous enough to make that decision, or would I have given an Antarctica version of the Henry the 5th speech at the Battle of Agincourt and pressed on Being the first to reach the South Pole was what would insure immortality, turning back meant, in all probability, that someone else would have that honor Roald Amundsen, the great Norwegian explorer, would reach it first in 1911.Henry Worsley worshipped Shackleton Whenever he was in a tight spot, he would think to himself,What would Shacks dowhich went well with another of his favorite sayingsBetter a live donkey than a dead lion So who was WorsleyWorsley was a retired British Army officer who had served in the Special Air Service, a renowned commands unit He was also a sculptor, a fierce boxer, a photographer who meticulously documented his travels, a horticulturalist, a collector of rare books and maps and fossils, and an amateur historian who had become a leading authority on ShackletonAnd why did David Grann write a book about WorsleyIn 2008, he led an expedition to pioneer a route through the Transantarctic Mountains, reaching a point 98 miles 157 km from the South Pole The expedition commemorated the centenary of Shackleton s Nimrod Expedition He returned to the Antarctic in 2011, leading a team of six in retracing Roald Amundsen s successful 870 mile 1,400 km journey in 1912 to the South Pole, marking its centenary In completing the route, he became the first person to have successfully undertaken the routes taken by Shackleton, Robert Falcon Scott and Amundsen WikipediaI love this picture of Worsley He broke off a tooth on a frozen candy bar All of this led up to Worsley s dramatic final expedition to be the first person to make a solo crossing of Antarctica, without any assistance He had been restless There was something about the polar regions that got in certain men s blood, and they just couldn t stay away What is Antarctica other than a blank canvas on which you seek to impose yourself The beauty is not what we usually think of, with oceans, mountains, and trees From a bird s eye view, there is nothing much there, except ice and snow and cold There is nothing to see but white darkness Desolation is best expressed by deserts, the hot ones and the cold ones I find photographs of deserts to be very peaceful, the desolate the better I find expeditions that venture out into that desolation, seeking what has never been seen before, to be invigorating So I understand the obsession that gripped Worsley to keep going back again and again The landscape seduced his mind, like a woman who must be chased to be had This is a lovely, evocative book, filled with amazing photographs David Grann knows how to tell a story, and you will find yourself tearing up with joy and pain, than a few times, as you make these journeys with these brave men The book also reminded me of all the polar expedition books I still have left to read Fortunately, there have been many explorers who were as obsessed with those regions as were Shackleton and Worsley, and most of them, the ones who lived, wrote about their adventures This book is a quick afternoon read, and hopefully, you will all be as seduced by the landscape as Shackleton, Worsley, and yes, even I If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at The man felt like a speck in the frozen nothingness Every direction he turned, he could see ice stretching to the edge of the Earth white ice and blue ice, glacial ice tongues and ice wedges There were no living creatures in sight Not a bear or even a bird Nothing but him The last book I reviewed was set in the lush and exotic landscape of Corfu Corfu and all of Greece are on my bucket list of places to visit once I have time I can call my own What is not on my bucket list Antarctica I hate being cold I truly despise frigid temperatures, wearing boots and parkas, and having my skin exposed to subzero temperatures However, I was able to get a little taste of this stunning continent through the exploits of Henry Worsley and the excellent writing of David Grann This was accomplished either from the relative warmth of a nice spring walk or a ride in the car, as I listened to this one on audio The taste for adventure must have been in Henry Worsley s blood A distant relative of Frank Worsley, one of Ernest Shackleton s crew from the Endurance, Henry had the craving to push himself to the limits and was determined to conquer what Shackleton and his men had failed to do to cross Antarctica via the South Pole on foot Henry Worsley undertook not one but three expeditions to one of the most brutal environments in the world His last trek in 2015 2016 was entirely solo His wife and children stood by praying for his safe returnPassion for something can easily tip into obsession, which is a dangerous thing, especially when those affected are the very people who so loyally stand and wait The drama and danger of this venture was riveting, to say the least David Grann provides a lot of background on the original expeditions, highlighting much of Shackleton s journey as well as his exemplary leadership skills He shares snippets of dispatches and journal entries from Henry Worsley s accounts, which gave this nonfiction piece a feeling of immediacy My mind never once strayed from the narrative, despite the fact I am often prone to doing so while listening to a book rather than reading it myself It s actually a fairly short work, and I was rather surprised when it came to an end a good sign of a successful audio experience, I guess Now an instant fan of David Grann, I will gladly seek out of his writing in the future His prose is clear and concise and never once felt dry He s also given me a big push to read those Shackleton books that have been languishing on my to read list for far too long I highly recommend this one to anyone that loves a great adventure tale as well as those that enjoy stimulating true stories My only regret with this was that I know I missed out on some remarkable photographs which I understand are included in the paper version I may seek this out in that format just to catch a glimpse of those pictures.

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