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A dramatic account of Shackleton's 1907-09 expedition in which he showed for the first time the courage and as a leader that he would later need again on the Endurance expedition The definitive account, based on extensive original research using numerous first-hand accounts - some previously unstudied A revealing insight into the dramatic and complex relationship between Shackleton and Scott

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Beau Riffenburgh is an historian specialising in exploration, particularly that of the Antarctic, Arctic and Africa. Born in California, he earned his doctorate at Cambridge University, following which he joined the staff at the Scott Polar Research Institute, where he is the editor of Polar Record. He is the author of the highly regarded The Myth of the Explorer and is currently serving as Editor of The Encyclopedia of the Antarctic. He is currently working on a book about Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition.


'A masterful balance of true drama and first-rate scholarship. The narrative moves with the speed of a novel, while the author's unerring eye for historical detail captures the essence of polar exploration and explorers and locates Shackleton and his men in the grand scheme of empire' Sir Ranulph Fiennes 'The story of that expedition, little known today, is retold in Nimrod with verve and pace ... As Riffenburgh makes thrillingly clear, it was an honour both hard won and well deserved' Michael Binyon, The Times 'The remarkable story of Shackleton's greatest achievement has at last been told in Riffenburgh's gripping and superbly researched Nimrod' Max Jones, author of The Last Great Quest: Captain Scott's Antarctic Sacrifice 'Riffenburgh's perceptive book Nimrod blends first-hand accounts with original research and a fast-paced narrative, providing a cracking adventure' Times Literary Supplement

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