The Race To The Pole


Accounts of three main expeditions between 1901 to 1912. Published Longman Green 1961,








Robert Scott. Antarctic Pioneer



Scott's activities during the British Antarctic Expeditions in 1901-04 and 1910-13, are recounted in 15 chapters: (1) The black flag; (2) The path to the Pole; (3) South to ice; (4) Pioneer in the snow; (5) Dangerous journey; (6) Disaster and death; (7) Dog trouble; (8) Winter; (9) Heading south; (10) Race against death; (11) Prisoners in the ice; (12) Goodby to the Antarctic? (13) Return to McMurdo; (14) The long journey home; and (15) Waiting at Cape Evans. Several sledge journeys in Victoria Land were made during the first expedition. In the second expedition, Scott, heading S. via Ross Ice Shelf and Beardmore Glacier, reached the South Pole on Jan. 17, 1912, 34 days after Amundsen's arrival. Scott and his four companions died on the return journey.





The Forgotten Voyage of Charles Wilkes



Wilkes is credited with the discovery of Antarctica in December of 1839 (hence Wilkes Land in Antarctica). Although he twice faced a court martial for his alleged over-use of the cat 'o' nine tails (and was acquitted), Wilkes was awarded the Founders Medal by the Royal Geographical Society in 1847. The capricious Wilkes had a varied and controversial naval career, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral. Born in New York City on April 3, 1798, he died on February 8, 1877 in Washington, D.C. Published 1966 David McKay.




The Impossible Journey of Sir Ernest Shackleton




Published 1969 by Little Brown