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The Last Place on Earth: Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole, Revised and Updated (Modern Library Exploration)

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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 only beat Scott to the Pole but returned alive, was largely forgotten. This account of their race is a
gripping, highly readable history that captures the driving ambitions of the era and the complex, often deeply flawed
men who were charged with carrying them out. THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH is the first of Huntford's masterly trilogy of
polar biographies. It is also the only work on the subject in the English language based on the original Norwegian
sources, to which Huntford returned to revise and update this edition.