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A First Rate Tragedy: A Brief History of Captain Scott's Antarctic Expeditions

Diana Preston

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Autobiography: historical, political & military, Prose: non-fiction

Diana Preston's brilliant account of the tragic adventure of survival in the frozen antartic has been updated and revised to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Scott's death.

On November 12, 1912, a rescue team trekking across Antarctica's Great Ice Barrier finally found what they sought - the snow-covered tent of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott. Inside, they made a grim discovery: Scott's frozen body lay between the bodies of two fellow explorers. They had died just eleven miles from the depot of supplies which might have saved them.

Why did Scott's meticulously laid plans finally end in disaster, while his rival, Norwegian Roald Amundsen, returned safely home with his crew after attaining the Pole only days before the British team?

In a newly revised and updated version of her original book, Diana Preston, returns to Antarctica and explores why Scott's carefully planned expedition failed, ending in tragedy.

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Praise for A First Rate Tragedy: A Brief History of Captain Scott's Antarctic Expeditions

  • A first rate book. - Sunday Times

  • Absorbing and moving. - New York Times

  • Penetrating and brilliantly compelling. - Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A first rate book. - TLS

  • As dramatic and as empathetic as a novel, as informative as a history book. - Frankfurter Neue Presse

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