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Scott's Last Expedition: The Journals | [Robert Falcon Scott]

Scott's Last Expedition: The Journals

Here is the story of the infamous 1910 race to the South Pole, as told by its fearless yet desperate leader, Robert Falcon Scott. The New York Times called Scott's Last Expedition "A splendid record of heroism not soon to be forgotten."
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In November 1910, the vessel Terra Nova left New Zealand carrying an international team of explorers led by Robert Falcon Scott, an Englishman determined to be the first man to reach the South Pole. Scott kept a detailed journal of his adventures until March 29, 1912, when he and the few remaining members of his team met their ends in a brutal blizzard. The daily progress of the expedition toward the pole is recorded in an immensely vivid and personal narrative, depicting the beauty of the Antarctic tundra, the harsh living conditions, and Scott's own desperation to beat rival explorers to the pole.

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What the Critics Say

"The finest modern tale of heroism in exploration." (Spectator)
"A splendid record of heroism not soon to be forgotten." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Alex Miami Springs, FL, USA 12-23-04
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    "Scott was a putz!"

    Robert Scott did every single thing wrong. He went to the pole as his only way to advance his career. He sent a man who knew nothing about horses to buy siberian ponies. The ponies died before they were of any use. He took pooky designed stem tracktors that broke trough the ice when they tried them out. He set out too few caches of food with too little food and marked them poorly. Worst of all, he was a terrible leader. He is responsible for the deaths of the people who accompanied him.

    If you are interested in south polar adventurers read about Roald Amundsen. In contrast to Scott, Amundsen was as prepared for the race to the pole as a man could be. He was a superb cross country skier. He spent time with eskimos learning to work the sleds and the huskies. Every single thing that Scott bungled, Amundsen nailed. He didn't lose a single man and reached the pole first to plant the Nowegian flag. In the emantime Scott was already in trouble. While Amundsen had ridden his sleds to the pole, Scott and his men had to serve as beasts of burden dragging their own supplies by hand. Scott's men were demoralize, exhausted and hungry when they reached the pole, only to see the Norwegian flag. Thimgs qucikly went downhill from there.

    Scott's story is sad and he is hardly a hero. The Brits made him some sort of martir. At best, Scott was a bumbilng idiot who died taking many good men down with him. Read about Amundsen instead.

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