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This a SUPER book! At least FIVE stars! Well researched and very well written. I highly recommend it to all who are interested in polar explorers.
Well written. The author does a very good job of describing the hardships endured by the men, and you could almost imagine yourself in their place. The book gets a little long at times going into the men's histories, but the book is well worth reading.
"Imagine being 100 miles from your base camp in Antarctica with no food and neither human nor canine companions (because they've already died). Oh, and you must avoid hidden crevasses waiting to swallow you up. Find out how Australian geologist Douglas Mawson managed this Herculean task in Alone on the Ice, a well-researched, evocative look at the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1913. Mawson's amazing, though little-known, adventure (during which he suffered from foot problems, ultimately crawling part of the way back) is a thrilling tale. Readers familiar with Mawson's fellow Antarctic explorers, Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott, and Ernest Shackleton, and those who enjoy survival stories should definitely pick up this compelling book." April 2013 Armchair Travel newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=620534 April 2013 ; Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=623168