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FREE PDF î BOOK Scott and Amundsen ¾ ROLAND HUNTFORD Ï On 12141911 the classical age of polar exploration ended when Norway's Roald Amundsen conuered the South Pole His competitor for the prize Britain's Robert Scott arrived a month later but died on the return with four of his men only 11 miles from their next cache oTtempt to restore Amundsen to glory was 1st published in 1979 under the title Scott Amundsen The Last Place on Earth is a complex account of the race for this last great terrestrial goal It's pointedly geared toward demythologizing Scott Tho this was the age of the amateur explorer Amundsen was a professional He left little to chance apprenticed with Eskimos obsessed over every detail While Scott clung fast to the British rule of No skis no dogs Amundsen understood that both were vital to survival They clearly won him the Pole Amundsen in Huntford's view is the last great Viking Scott his bungling This book is many things the story of the race to the South Pole a dual biography of the rivals Englishman Captain Robert F Scott and Norwegian Roald Amundsen adventure and exploration of the Antarctic and above all a tale of leadership superb and inept The book which the New York Times book review called one of the great debunking biographies was greeted with outrage in Britain where Scott had achieved mythic status Scott who Huntford called muddle headed and a bungler embodied the spirit of self sacrifice A naval officer who was the epitome of regimented mediocrity Scott only became a polar explorer to jump start his stalled career Huntsman couldn't paint a stark contrast than that between Scott and Amundsen Amundsen didn't drift into polar exploration it was his dream since a teen Where Scott improvised Amundsen carefully prepared; he sought men who would take initiative rather than passively receive orders Rather than embrace self sacrifice and suffering as an ideal Amundsen attacked the problem of polar exploration rationally and efficiently For him adventure is just bad planning He used skis and dogs; Scott used man hauling It was almost comical at times to read of Scott's mistakes and utter incompetence after having read about how Amundsen led his expedition Or it might have been if it wasn't so tragic such a sheer waste in every sense of the word Certainly the contrast between the men and their fates made for gripping reading This is an intimidatingly long book of over 500 pages but it read uickly I have little to complain of Huntford A touch of misogyny perhaps which he ironically accused Amundsen of yet it was the author who made disparaging remarks about women in general including calling them predatory Scott's wife he described as particularly so both Scott and Amundsen's mother are portrayed in unflattering lights The dogs are depicted as much endearing There's a generous use of maps and pictures and the prose alone paints a terrific picture of Antarctica and he puts in context the history of the times and the countries of the expeditions I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in Antarctica polar exploration and especially the ualities needed in able leadership

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Opposite stupidrecklessly incompetent irresponsible in the extreme failings that cost him his teammates their lives Yet for all of Scott's real or exaggerated faults he understood far better than Amundsen the power of a well crafted sentence Scott's diaries were recovered widely published If the world insisted on lionizing Scott it was partly because he told a better story Huntford's bias aside it's clear that both Scott Amundsen were valiant deeply flawed Scotthad set out to be an heroic example Amundsen merely wanted to be 1st at the pole Both had their prayers answered Svenja Soldovieri edited Not exactly Scott and Amundsen as much as Amundsen with a dash of Scott The focus of this book is primarily Roald Amundsen and with good reason The story of Amundsen is a fascinating story of human intelligence and learning than grit and passion as Scott would make it seem The book is stunningly researched with a wealth of first accounts put together in a coherent narrative that flows from adventure to adventure It is hard to grasp the number of sources Huntford has referred to with even the diary of a Bristol schoolgirl finding a voice You know that at almost every point you are reading the truthHis admiration for Amundsen flows in each page and it is justified at almost every point with a dedication to tell the truth that was long obscured by Brit pride Heroic bungler Scott is dealt with as much objectivity as one can muster although there is the sense that his faults were explored in far detail than those of Amundsen Probably because Scott's were a lot evidentI found the starting rather slow however I think that was because of trying exploration books for the first time The Race for the Pole and Amundsen's journey of the North West Passage are true legends that are done perfect justice by Huntford's masterful account The story of the North West Passage in particular was a pleasant surprise and it is this journey that actually shows the depth of Amundsen's readiness to learn from what is available to himOverall a stunning work that really stands on the shoulders of the Earth's greatest Polar explorer

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Scott and AmundsenOn 12141911 the classical age of polar exploration ended when Norway's Roald Amundsen conuered the South Pole His competitor for the prize Britain's Robert Scott arrived a month later but died on the return with four of his men only 11 miles from their next cache of supplies But it was Scott ironically who became the legend Britain's heroic failure a monument to sheer ambition bull headed persistence His achievement was to perpetuate the romantic myth of the explorer as martyr to glorify suffering self sacrifice as ends in themselves The world promptly forgot about Amundsen Biographer Huntford's a Reading this book ignited my interest in Antarctica and literally changed my life I took up mountaineering winter camping and cross country skiing because of this bookOn Dec 24 2004 I stood at the South Pole after a ski journey of 73 miles a bit than the Last Degree of latitude