A world of words
has been written about this stirring book. For how many tomes were penned at
the cost of the authorís life? What other book was discovered next to the
frozen hands of the man who had written his last thoughts on icy paper
nearly a year before? This is the expedition diary of Captain Robert Scott,
the fabled British explorer who lost his life in 1912 while attempting to
reach the South Pole, and on these pages is the tremendous story of how he
set out to lead a tiny team of men towards a dangerous geographical mystery.
Peary of America claimed to have reached the North Pole in 1909, all eyes
turned to the South Pole. The British Empire was at its zenith and national
expectations were high that an Englishman should be the one to claim the
other ice-bound crown. Captain Robert Scott was elected to carry British
honour to that forbidden spot. Yet an element of international suspense
occurred when it became known that the Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen,
was intent on beating the English there.
preparation, Scott set off across Antarctica with four companions on what he
hoped would be a successful push to the Pole. After a heroic effort his team
reached the southern heart of the globe only to discover that Amundsen had
arrived first. Then disappointment turned to death. On the return journey
one man died from injuries sustained in a fall. Another, beset with
frostbitten feet, disappeared in a blizzard. Finally Scott and his two
surviving companions were trapped by horrific weather in their tent. In
temperatures too cold to comprehend, they died only eleven miles from
A remarkable and
heart-moving account of men who made the ultimate sacrifice in their attempt
to claim the Southern Crown, this book has a special Introduction written by
the explorerís grandson, Falcon Scott.
This edition is being produced in
an effort to raise awareness of the need to safeguard Scottís original hut,
along with all of the remarkable memorabilia preserved within its frozen
walls. The royalties will be donated to the Antarctic Heritage Trustís
efforts to preserve the building listed as one of the most endangered sites
in the world.