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A First Rate Tragedy
Diana Preston
0618002014
Nov 1999
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Book Review
British explorer Robert F. Scott spent three years exploring the Antarctic, returning to England a hero in 1904. His ambition was to be the first man to reach the South Pole, and he overcame innumerable obstacles to assemble another expedition, which left in 1910. Scott and three of his men did reach the pole, only to discover that Norwegian Roald Amundsen had been there only five weeks earlier. Slightly more than two months later, Scott and his companions died in their tents, their bodies--and Scott's diaries--found eight months later by a search party. This account of Scott, having followed the explorer from childhood through his naval training and marriage, gives us at the end not only a national symbol but a fully developed tragic hero. Diana Preston commendably ventures beyond the longstanding myth, including material...


Last Place on Earth: Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole
Roland Huntford
0375754741
September 1999
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Book Review
On December 14, 1911, the classical age of polar exploration ended when Norway's Roald Amundsen conquered the South Pole. His competitor for the prize, Britain's Robert Scott, arrived one month later--but died on the return with four of his men only 11 miles from their next cache of supplies. But it was Scott, ironically, who became the legend, Britain's heroic failure, "a monument to sheer ambition and bull-headed persistence. His achievement was to perpetuate the romantic myth of the explorer as martyr, and ... to glorify suffering and self-sacrifice as ends in themselves." The world promptly forgot about Amundsen.

Biographer Ronald Huntford's attempt to restore Amundsen to glory, first published in 1979 under the title Scott and Amundsen, has been thawed as part of the Modern Library Exploration series,...



Scott's Last Expedition
Robert Falcon Scott
0786117494
Apr 2000
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Book Description
One of the greatest adventures of modern times, R.F. Scott's expedition to the South Pole pitted him and his team not only against the elements, but also against the Norwegian team, led by Amundsen. In the end Scott was beaten by both. Amundsen arrived at the pole a month before Scott and on the return trip the party perished in the freezing cold. This book present's Scott's journal entries from preparations for the trip in New Zealand to his final message before he died, written just eleven miles from base camp and safety. The work also features many superb photographs depicting members of the party and the pristine Antarctic landscape. By turns informative, humorous, riveting and tragic the journals, republished in their entirety, are sure to thrill a new generation of readers. --This text refers to an out of...


Worst Journey in the World
Apsley Cherry-Garrard
0786704373
June 2004
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Book Review
As Apsley Cherry-Garrard states in his introduction to the harrowing story of the Scott expedition to the South Pole, "Polar Exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised." Cherry-Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World is a gripping account of an expedition gone disastrously wrong. The youngest member of Scott's team, the author was later part of the rescue party that eventually found the frozen bodies of Scott and three men who had accompanied Scott on the final push to the Pole. These deaths would haunt Cherry-Garrard for the rest of his life as he questioned the decisions he had made and the actions he had taken in the days leading up to the Polar Party's demise. Prior to this sad denouement, Cherry-Garrard's account is filled with details of...


Come Dine with Jesus
Robert Falcon Scott
078800333X
Nov 2001
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Frightful's Mountain
Jean Craighead George
0141312351
May 2001
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Book Review
Fans of Jean Craighead George's My Side of the Mountain (a Newbery Honor Book) and On the Far Side of the Mountain will be delighted to return to upstate New York's Catskill Mountains for the conclusion of her trilogy, which appears 40 years after the first title's publication in 1959. Written because a young fan asked, "What happened to Frightful?" this volume tells how Sam Gribley's peregrine falcon--that's Frightful--has to make her own way in the world after Sam is forced to release her. Although told in the third person, the story is developed entirely from the bird's point of view. George's narrative follows the falcon through a series of dangerous adventures (involving DDT, electricity lines, and unscrupulous bird traders, to name a few) as she learns to depend on her own instincts. The environmental message is...


Pilgrims on the Ice
T. H. Baughman
0803212895
Nov 1999
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Book Review
By 1900, the great Victorian explorers had opened up vast areas of the Globe. As one of the world's few remaining uncharted tracts, Antarctica fired contemporaries' imaginations. To lead its Antarctic expedition of 1901, the Royal Geographical Society of London chose Robert Scott, a naval officer who was to die a decade later attempting to reach the South Pole. T. H. Baughman, Chair of History at Benedictine College, makes it clear that, in the 19th-century tradition, adventure rather than science was the overriding motivation for the 1901 expedition. With academic thoroughness he follows the venture's funding, the construction of a custom-built ship, and the vessel's slow journey south. For two years its crew explored new latitudes, enduring with basic equipment some of the most extreme weather on earth. Scurvy was a...


With Scott to the Pole: The Terra Nova Expedition 1910-1913
Beau Riffenburgh
0760756279
August 2004
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Silas
Charles S. Wright
0814205488
Mar 1992
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Frankly - Just Between Us: My Life Conducting Frank Sinatra's Music
Vincent Falcone
063409498X
November 2005
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Book Description
Sinatra's conductor reveals what it's like to work for legendary singers Frankly - Just Between Us, is an entertaining and insightful behind-the-scenes look at the world of playing piano and conducting for Frank Sinatra and other contemporary music legends. This book chronicles the illustrious career of Vincent Falcone from his days at Syracuse University and tuning pianos and performing casual dates in Las Vegas, to playing piano and conducting for music icon Sinatra during the apex of his career. Falcone also played for such music greats as Andy Williams, Jack Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Jerry Lewis, the McGuire Sisters, Tony Bennett, Connie Francis, Paul Anka, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, and many others. Frankly contains many great stories about playing and conducting for some larger-than-life music personalities...


The Voyage of the Discovery, Volume I
Robert Falcon Scott
0815410794
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
This is a facsimile of the original 1905 two-volume chronicle of British explorer Scott's first journey to Antarctica, from 1901 to 1904. The text is buttressed with 270 photos and illustrations of everything from the ship and its crew to animals and land/ice formations encountered on the journey. This edition also sports a new introduction by the American Museum of Natural History's Ross McPhee. A classic true adventure story for academic and public libraries. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
British naval officer and explorer Robert F. Scott is best known for his failed, fatal efforts to be the first to reach the South Pole, but his initial Antarctic expedition aboard the Discovery from August 1901 to November 1904 was his most...


Prometheus Rising
Robert Anton Wilson
1561840564
January 1993
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E.J. Gold
"Bob has done it again for the first time ever! This book is everything I ever wanted to write in a practical guidebook on how to get here from there, and hes--as usual--first in print again! Just the exercise on finding quarters has paid for the book many times over."

Robert Shea
"Robert Anton Wilson speaks for that tiny but indispensable minority who are changing the way we think. To read him is to learn what the future holds, how to be part of the future and how to help create the future."

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The Voyage of the Discovery, Volume II
Robert Falcon Scott
0815411510
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
This is a facsimile of the original 1905 two-volume chronicle of British explorer Scott's first journey to Antarctica, from 1901 to 1904. The text is buttressed with 270 photos and illustrations of everything from the ship and its crew to animals and land/ice formations encountered on the journey. This edition also sports a new introduction by the American Museum of Natural History's Ross McPhee. A classic true adventure story for academic and public libraries. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
British naval officer and explorer Robert F. Scott is best known for his failed, fatal efforts to be the first to reach the South Pole, but his initial Antarctic expedition aboard the Discovery from August 1901 to November 1904 was his most...


In the Ghost Country: A Lifetime Spent on the Edge
Peter Hillary
0743243692
January 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1998, explorer-adventurer Hillary (son of Sir Edmund) set off on skis with two ill-chosen companions to retrace the South Pole route that killed Robert Falcon Scott in 1912. Like Scott, Hillary and company hit horrendous barriers. The cold chewed up equipment and ravaged fingers and toes. Storms pinned the team in its tiny, fetid tent. They slowly starved, as the brutal march burned more calories than their bodies could absorb, and Hillary nearly ruptured himself dragging his 400-pound sled of supplies. But the worst torture was mental. The unending white landscape gave everyone a bad case of expeditionary madness, and Hillary got the brunt of it. His teammates began blaming him for their setbacks, and soon excluded him from the smallest social interactions. Alone in a frigid sensory-deprivation tank, Hillary...


Antarctica Unveiled
David E. Yelverton
0870815822
Oct 2000
Hardcover
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From Booklist
This meticulously researched book recounts the first Antarctic expedition of Robert Scott, from 1901 to 1904, aboard the British ship Discovery. Yelverton points out that Scott had to improvise under budgetary constraints; a similar German expedition at the time was funded by its government. Yet Scott discovered much about the unknown continent's interior. He brought back evidence that convinced the scientific establishment of the existence of an Antarctic continent rather than a collection of islands. Sledge journeyed into the heart of Victoria Land and Ross's Great Barrier, and he effectively located the "lost" South Magnetic Pole. Basing his account almost entirely on original sources, the author refutes many widely accepted impressions of Scott as a leader, as well as the alleged animosity between Sir Ernest...


Worst Journey in the World
Apsley Cherry-Garrard
0143039385
February 2006
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The New York Review of Books
The Worst Journey in the World is to travel writing what War and Peace is to the novel... a masterpiece.

Book Description
The Worst Journey in the World recounts Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. Apsley Cherry-Garrard—the youngest member of Scott’s team and one of three men to make and survive the notorious Winter Journey—draws on his firsthand experiences as well as the diaries of his compatriots to create a stirring and detailed account of Scott’s legendary expedition. Cherry himself would be among the search party that discovered the corpses of Scott and his men, who had long since perished from starvation and brutal cold. It is through Cherry’s insightful narrative and keen descriptions that...


Scott's Last Expedition Volume I
Robert Falcon Scott
1419146386
June 2004
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Book Description
Sunday, June 4.--A calm and beautiful day. The account of this, a typical Sunday, would run as follows: Breakfast. A half-hour or so selecting hymns and preparing for Service whilst the hut is being cleared up. The Service: a hymn; Morning prayer to the Psalms; another hymn; prayers from Communion Service and Litany; a final hymn and our special prayer. Wilson strikes the note on which the hymn is to start and I try to hit it after with doubtful success! After church the men go out with their ponies.


Final Secret of the Illuminati (Cosmic Trigger Series #1)
Robert Anton Wilson
1561840033
May 1991
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Author Reviews
"Wilson managed to reverse every mental polarity in me, as if I had been pulled through infinity. I was astonished and delighted." -- Philip K. Dick, author of Blade Runner "Erudite, witty and genuinely scary " -- Publishers Weekly "Robert Anton Wilson is one of the leading thinkers of the modern age." --Barbara Marx Hubbard, Committee for the Future "Dazzling the most thrilling tilt-a-whirls and daring loop-o-planes on the midway of higher consciousness." -- Tom Robbins "What great physicist hides behind the mask of Wilson?" -- New Scientist "The man's either a genius or Jesus." -- Sounds (London) "We've needed this for a long time " -- Henry Miller, author of Tropic of Cancer

About the Author
Novelist, Teacher and Former Playboy Editor Robert Anton Wilson is the author of...


In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic
Valerian Albanov
067978361X
September 2001
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Book Review
In the early 20th-century era of daring polar exploration, the less-trumpeted fishing and hunting expeditions went largely unrecorded. Except, that is, for a recently discovered tale about a Russian hunter and his shipmate. Valerian Albanov's account of his 18-month-long survival in the Siberian Arctic remained unknown until a group of polar-literature enthusiasts rediscovered it in 1997. Translated into English for the first time, In the Land of White Death competes with the adventures of famed heroes Robert Falcon Scott, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, and Ernest Shackleton. And like Scott's and Cherry-Garrard's narratives, Albanov's tale is penned from a diary he kept during his remarkable ordeal. Albanov's epic begins in 1914, after he leaves the Saint Anna, a sailing vessel bound for Vladivostok and new hunting territory, 7,000...


Scott's Last Expedition
Robert Falcon Scott
1590480694
Oct 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
One of the greatest adventures of modern times, R.F. Scott's expedition to the South Pole pitted him and his team not only against the elements, but also against the Norwegian team, led by Amundsen. In the end Scott was beaten by both. Amundsen arrived at the pole a month before Scott and on the return trip the party perished in the freezing cold. This book present's Scott's journal entries from preparations for the trip in New Zealand to his final message before he died, written just eleven miles from base camp and safety. The work also features many superb photographs depicting members of the party and the pristine Antarctic landscape. By turns informative, humorous, riveting and tragic the journals, republished in their entirety, are sure to thrill a new generation of readers. --This text refers to an out of...

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