Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts

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Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration Read Online Free - “An important missing story from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration.”—Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep Survival

On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface.

Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, “Which one are you?”

This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley’s famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.

Title : Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration
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ISBN : 0393347788
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Montzalee rated it ★★★★☆

September 03, 2017

Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts is a detailed account to the Antarctic of 1913. A brief description of other trips and the men who went there is in here also. Then the details of little things I would never have thought about being trap...

Don rated it ★★★★★

January 25, 2014

I read more than 40 books last year and only gave two 5 star reviews so I don't give them out too often. Those who have read about the exploration of Antarctica are much more likely to have read about Shackleton, Scott, and Amundsen, but this engaging story of Australian Douglas Mawson deserves e...

Laura rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 12, 2013

The writing was engaging, and I understand the need to set this specific story in the context of Antarctic exploration as a whole. But I am 1/3 of the way through, and we've barely gotten to the expedition that is supposed to be the focus. Instead, we keep jumping back and forth in time in WAY to...

Nancy rated it ★★★★☆

February 25, 2013

Having been a long-time devourer of books on polar exploration, I was more than interested when I saw that a new book on the topic had been recently published. Alone on the Ice focuses on the story of Douglas Mawson, an Australian who led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) from December,...

Cheryl rated it ★★★★☆

April 03, 2013

In 1911, a young university professor from Australia named Douglas Mawson, assembled a group of explorers and scientists to form the Australasian Antarctic Expedition whose mission was to map, photograph, and collect geologic samples from the continent of Antarctica. After arriving and building a...

Dax rated it ★★★★☆

November 17, 2017

Roberts structured this book well. The first chapter covers the outward half of Mawson’s trek and ends with the expeditions first tragedy. We then jump back to Mawson’s experiences on Shakleton’s first Antarctic excursion and proceed up to the launch of the AAE. While Mawson’s story does not quit...

Joy D rated it ★★★★☆

June 12, 2017

This book conveys the true story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE), led by Australian explorer Douglas Mawson. Mawson was a key contributor to the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration; however, many people do not carry his name on the “tip of the tongue” as they do the names of Shackl...

Olybrenda rated it ★★★★★

June 24, 2017

Excellent adventure book. What the men endured on this exploration was unbelievable. Very good book that I found very interesting.

Randolph rated it ★★★★★

August 07, 2015

It's a toss up for me whether this or the classic Mawson's Will is the better book. While Lennard Bickel's book is probably slightly more suspenseful, it is short on detail at times. That is not the case here, Roberts doesn't skimp on the detail while still maintaining the suspense of the story....

Lara rated it ★★★★☆

March 16, 2016

I read Mawson's The Home Of The Blizzard: A True Story Of Antarctic Survival not too long ago, and the story of his lone march over 100 miles, after the deaths of both his companions and all their dogs, with very little food remaining and suffering from a lack of essential gear and a number of ph...

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