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by Roland Huntford

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Subcategory: History books
Author: Roland Huntford
ISBN: 0349113955
ISBN13: 978-0349113951
Language: English
Publisher: Time Warner Books Uk; New Ed edition (December 2000)
Pages: 528
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Huntford has at last written the 3-dimensional book this immense drama deserves (SPECTATOR). And Amundsen's achievement was relatively unheralded.

Huntford has at last written the 3-dimensional book this immense drama deserves (SPECTATOR). Handles a great mass of material with exceptional intelligence and skill (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH). He clearly started with a view that Scott was an inept bungler and by contrast Amundsen was a supremely competent polar explorer, and he set about to put the record straight, as he saw it.

3 Roland Huntford Roland Huntford, whose books chronicling the lives of Antarctic and Arctic adventurers have .

3 Roland Huntford Roland Huntford, whose books chronicling the lives of Antarctic and Arctic adventurers have earned him praise as "the best biographer of polar explorers," was born in 1927 and now lives in Cambridge, England. He spent fourteen years as Scandinavian correspondent for the London Observer, during which he was based in both Helsinki and Stockholm. Huntford's first biography, Scott and Amundsen (1979), presents the interlocking stories of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen, the two great rivals in the race for the South Pole.

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value", "deliberately blind to any possible failings in Amundsen", "the full force of his vitriolic pen falls upon Scott as though he were pursuing a vendetta.

He has written biographies of Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Nobel Peace Prize winner Fridtjof Nansen; these biographies have been the subject of controversy. value", "deliberately blind to any possible failings in Amundsen", "the full force of his vitriolic pen falls upon Scott as though he were pursuing a vendetta.

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Roland Huntford is the former Scandinavian correspondent for the OBSERVER. He is the bestselling author of two critically acclaimed biographies of Ernest Shackleton and Fridtjof Nansen as well as the novel THE SEA OF DARKNESS. He lives near Cambridge. Библиографические данные. Scott And Amundsen: The Last Place on Earth.

Scott And Amundsen : The Last Place on Earth. Roland Huntford is the former Scandinavian correspondent for the OBSERVER. By (author) Roland Huntford. Huntford has at last written the 3-dimensional book this immense drama deserves SPECTATOR show more. About Roland Huntford.

Written by Roland Huntford, narrated by Tim Piggott-Smith.

The Last Place on Earth is a 1985 Central Television seven-part serial, written by Trevor Griffiths based on the book Scott and Amundsen by Roland Huntford.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the South Pole was the most coveted prize in the fiercely nationalistic modern age of exploration. In the brilliant dual biography, the award-winning writer Roland Huntford re-examines every detail of the great race to the South Pole between Britain's Robert Scott and Norway's Roald Amundsen. Scott, who dies along with four of his men only eleven miles from his next cache of supplies, became Britain's beloved failure, while Amundsen, who not only beat Scott to the Pole but returned alive, was largely forgotten. This account of their race is a gripping, highly readable history that captures the driving ambitions of the era and the complex, often deeply flawed men who were charged with carrying them out. THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH is the first of Huntford's masterly trilogy of polar biographies. It is also the only work on the subject in the English language based on the original Norwegian sources, to which Huntford returned to revise and update this edition.
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Bandiri
Very excellent look at the personalities of two polar explorers, their journeys, and their fateful competition finally to reach the South Pole. I was fascinated by the differences between these two people, Amundsen and Scott. Amundsen was methodical to an extreme. He learned about every aspect of polar travel, through visits with explorers, volunteering on expeditions, reading, and direct training about skiing, running dogs, nutition, sailing into polar waters, etc. etc. He was conpulsive about understanding everything possible about everything that might have an impact on an expedition. Amundsen also valued the knowledge of indigenous people about traveling in polar regions, food, clothing, etc. He didn't see them as savages with nothing to teach. Scott was haphazard and careless in his approach. He took the attitude that a large and well-funded team could wing it and overcome problems as they occurred. He didn't value the knowledge of indigenous people who had lived in the Arctic for eons. He took ponies to the Antarctic as pack animals. He hated sled dogs. What is there for a pony to eat in the pack ice? Nothing. What can a dog eat? Seals. Penguins. In the worst case even another dog. The author also discusses the more general differences between Norwegians and the English as regards exploration and even behavior toward subordinates.
skriper
When this book first came out close to 30 years ago it was such an inspiration to me that it prompted my two lengthy expedition trips to the Antarctic.

I've used this book as a lesson in leadership to young people attending high school and even college (it was required reading in a leadership class that one of my students just took over the summer at Cornell University).

The difference in leadership styles demonstrated here between Scott and Amundsen is night and day and it's clear that this is one of the main reasons why Amundsen reached the South Pole 34 days ahead of Scott and why he was able to live out his life basking in the glory of his accomplishments while Scott and his team relied on Scott's wife to try to drum up support for her husband's tragic end succumbing to the cold just 11 miles from a supply depot.

Reading the book was great but "reading" it again through the CDs while driving was very enjoyable. There were numerous times when I arrived home and sat in the driveway listening to another chapter before heading into the house.
Thomand
OK, so this LOOKS like a book on polar exploration, and there certainly is a lot to recommend it on that front, but ultimately it's the story of two different management styles. In a past company, we'd have an annual offsite meeting and each year a different one of us was supposed to give a book related to our business to the others. We got the usual stuff like Good To Great or Crossing the Chasm, books written by people who sit in academic offices and try to figure out what makes groups of individuals successful.

But you couldn't ask for two more diametrically opposed approaches to the business of making it to the South Pole than Scott and Amundsen. Amundsen prepares relentlessly: prior to the South Pole attempt he's been in the Canadian Arctic studying the way the Inuit are able to survive. He learns how they make their clothing to stay warm, how they make igloos, how they use their dogs. He knows that dogs work best in high output, short duration stretches, and he learns to ski along side the sleds at the pace the dogs want to go. He spends a year on the Belgica locked in the ice through the first Antarctic night experienced by Europeans, and he knows about scurvy and the emotional toll that the dark takes. He lives closely with his men, knows them well, and does everything he can to foster camaraderie within the group. When it doesn't work out, he's willing to cut out those who don't fit from making the journey. Even the way he measures out the area around the South Pole to be certain he actually got there shows how intent he is on leaving nothing to chance.

Scott on the other hand has one other piece of high latitude work under his belt from the first British expedition to the Ross Sea area in which he'd made a sprint towards the South Pole with Shackleton and showed no compassion for the latter's sickness, sending him home disgraced afterwards. His general attitude was that as a member of the British naval officer corps, he had what it took inside him and "it" would somehow see him through. He shows up at his camp with four different transport means, none of which he had done extensive training with: barely tested mechanized sledges, skis, dogs, and ponies. He discounts the dogs because they don't work well when used at a pace equal to what a man can achieve hauling a sled by himself. He doesn't make any training program for his men to learn to ski - some of them are motivated to fool around with the skis, but most do nothing. He holds himself aloof from his men and although some of them hold him in high regard, others feel dismissed. As they begin to approach the pole, Scott refuses to recognize the reality that he is too late and should turn back short of his objective to have a chance of survival.

And in the end the results are no surprise - Amundsen breezes to the pole and back like he's on a modern day eco-tour, and Scott and the men who came with him all perish.

Huntford's book is a gripping story that still has time for details that make the reader understand how vastly different it is to go to the South Pole than the North Pole. You can feel the tension of crossing fractured sections of glacial ice where any step could plunge through the snow and send you hundreds of feet to an icy death in a chasm. There's the frustration of trying to get your sledge to cross the high plateau leading to the pole when it's nearly dead flat but carved with sastrugi that makes it a maze of difficult-to-cross ruts. And the desperation of hoping to find the next cache of supplies and wondering if your last bearings were really accurate. All this comes home vividly in this superb book. I've read a couple dozen books on Arctic and Antarctic exploration, and to me this is the best.
Bluecliff
Having read a number of works that neglect to properly analyze the bungling of Robert F Scott, and some that attempt to persuade the reader that Scott was primarily interested in Science, and only secondarily in attaining the pole first, this book is a breath of fresh air that truly examines, compares, and contrasts the two expeditions. The great irony is that Amundsen was so over-prepared already that he could have afforded to "do science" also. However, he never pretended that the pole was secondary to science. Had he intended on science, he would have had even more provisions and preparations for the mission. Scott was trying to win the pole and make scientific observations while being poorly prepared for either aspect. Amundsen planned the finest details with years of preparation and with double and triple redundancy in provisions and equipment. Scott arrived at the barrier without understanding, or being trained for, dogs, skis, optimal clothing, or anything else that mattered. If hauling sleds was his backup plan, then he was completely underprepared for even that. He was doomed before he ever set sail.

Scott was such a bungler that I would go so far as to say that his name does not belong along with Amundsen's at the South Pole station.
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