“Men wanted for hazardous Journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.” What would you do if you saw that ad on Craigslist, men? Would you respond? Shackleton’s ad had them lined up around the block. This is a compelling adventure story of grit, failure and endurance from the early 20th century. I wish there was a great hardcover of this. Let me know if you find it. Read the Alfred Lansing version of the story. This is the newer cover.
This is one in a short series of random posts this month of things, one at a time, that must be on your wishlist and on your giving lists. It will be mostly books, but it will be some of the best things available. I’m not trying to promote consumerism. I’m endorsing breadth and depth, and this is the month that you’re buying.
Give a hoot. Don’t miss any of them. Here are the others.