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In 1914,as Europe braces for an unfathomably deadly war, explorer Sir Ernest Shackletonsets sail for Antarctica to do the impossible: traverse the continent. He has aship (the aptly named Endurance), a head brimming with optimism, and 28 menwilling to follow him on an expedition across some of the most treacherousterrain on the planet. But Shackleton's optimism doesn't last long. Despite hisexperience in the Antarctic, disaster strikes early on when the Endurance istrapped in packed ice and slowly crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men offthe ship and stranding them in a sea of ice. South is the legendary story ofShackleton and his crew's struggle to survive the elements and return homealive. Written by Shackleton, Southis a truly astonishing story of human fortitude. It is the story of a voyage thatlasts nearly three years-a firsthand account of hurricane-force winds, subzerotemperatures, glaciers, icebergs, freezing water, starvation, and lethal,terrifying storms. It is a tale unlike any to come before or since.Shackleton's record of his journey made him famous around the world andtransformed him into a symbol of achievement and hope in an age of darkness andwar.