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At the beginning of the 20th century, the South Pole was the most coveted prize in the fiercely nationalistic age of exploration. In this work, Roland Huntford re-examines every detail of the gret race to the South Pole between Britain's Robert Scott and Norway's Roald Amundsen. Scott, who dies along with four of his men only 11 miles from his next cache of supplies, becomes Britain's beloved failure, while Amundsen, who not only beat Scott to the Pole, but returned alive, was largely forgotten. This account of their race aims to capture the driving ambitions of the era and the comples, often deeply flawed men who were charged with carrying them out.
Roland Huntford is the former Scandinavian correspondent for the OBSERVER. He is the bestselling author of two critically acclaimed biographies of Ernest Shackleton and Fridtjof Nansen as well as the novel THE SEA OF DARKNESS. He lives near Cambridge.