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Alfred Lansing (1921-1975) was a native of Chicago. After serving more than five years in the Navy, he enrolled at Northwestern University, where he studied journalism. Until 1949 he edited a weekly newspaper in Illinois, later joined the United Press, and eventually became a freelance writer.
Chicago Tribune "One of the most gripping, suspenseful, intense stories anyone will ever read." The New York Times "Riveting." Christian Science Monitor "Without a doubt this painstakingly written authentic adventure story will rank as one of the classic tales of the heroic age of exploration." Wall Street Journal "Grit in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity." Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review "[An] incomparable telling of Shackleton's travails."