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The Last Place on Earth

Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole

The Last Place on Earth( )
Author: Huntford, Roland
Introduction by: Theroux, Paul
Editor: Krakauer, Jon
Series title:Modern Library Exploration Ser.
ISBN:978-0-375-75474-6
Publication Date:Sep 1999
Publisher:Random House Publishing Group
Imprint:Modern Library
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $20.00
Book Description:

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the South Pole was the most coveted prize in the fiercely nationalistic modern age of exploration. In the brilliant dual biography, the award-winning writer Roland Huntford re-examines every detail of the great race to the South Pole between Britain's Robert Scott and Norway's Roald Amundsen. Scott, who dies along with four of his men only eleven miles from his next cache of supplies, became Britain's beloved failure, while Amundsen, who not...
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Book Details
Pages:640
Detailed Subjects: Biography & Autobiography / Adventurers & Explorers
History / Polar Regions
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.109 x 7.878 x 1.287 Inches
Book Weight:1.342 Pounds
Author Biography
Huntford, Roland (Author)
Paul Edward Theroux was born on April 10, 1941 in Medford, Massachusetts and is an acclaimed travel writer. After attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst he joined the Peace Corps and taught in Malawi from 1963 to 1965. He also taught in Uganda at Makerere University and in Singapore at the University of Singapore.

Although Theroux has also written travel books in general and about various modes of transport, his name is synonymous with the literature of train travel. Theroux's 1975 best-seller, The Great Railway Bazaar, takes the reader through Asia, while his second book about train travel, The Old Patagonian Express (1979), describes his trip from Boston to the tip of South America. His third contribution to the railway travel genre, Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China, won the Thomas Cook Prize for best literary travel book in 1989. His literary output also includes novels, books for children, short stories, articles, and poetry. His novels include Picture Palace (1978), which won the Whitbread Award and The Mosquito Coast (1981), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Theroux is a fellow of both the British Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographic Society. His title Lower River made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. Currently his 2015 book, Deep South , is a bestseller.

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