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Pegasus Books
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.8 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Ranulph Fiennes, author of Shackleton: The Biography, is the only man alive ever to have traveled around the Earth's circumpolar surface. His record-breaking expeditions include travel by riverboat, hovercraft, man-haul sledge, skidoo, Land Rover, and skis. He is often described by media as "the world's greatest living explorer." When not on one of his adventures, he lives in Britain.


Praise for Ranulph Fiennes:
"Fiennes' own experiences certainly allow him to write vividly and with empathy of the hell that these men went through."-- "The Sunday Times (London)"
"The world's greatest living explorer."-- "Guinness World Records"
"Full of awe-inspiring details of hardship, resolve and weather that defies belief, told by someone of unique authority. No one is more tailor-made to tell [this] story than Sir Ranulph Fiennes."-- "Newsy"
"A valuable corrective. One by one, and with commendable attention to detail, Fiennes explodes the accumulated myths."-- "The Sunday Telegraph"
"Stirring. No one is better placed than Fiennes to understand or appreciate the enormity of this achievement."-- "The Daily Mail"
"A world-renowned explorer and prolific writer turns his attention to Ernest Shackleton, a giant of the heroic age of polar exploration, with entirely satisfying results....The definitive biography of a legendary adventurer."-- "Kirkus, Starred Review"
"Fiennes's admiration shines through...A thorough record of Shackleton's successes and failures."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"Think of Fiennes, rather, as an Edwardian raconteur with veiny cheeks and a plummy growl who pours you a dram and pulls you close to the fire...He concedes that Shackleton was bad at business, bad at planning, bad at domestic life, and all too adept at taking risks. He acknowledges that Shackleton never once 'reached his intended main goal.' But he endorses the conclusion of the polar explorer Sir Raymond Priestley: 'When you are in a hopeless situation, when there seems to be no way out, get on your knees and pray for Shackleton.'-- "Air Mail"
"Fiennes brings the promised perspective of one who has been there, illuminating Shackleton's actions by comparing them with his own. Beginners to the Heroic Age will enjoy this volume, as will serious polar adventurers seeking advice. For all readers, it's a tremendous story."--Sara Wheeler "The Wall Street Journal"
"There can be few stories in the annals of exploration so firmly entrenched in the public imagination as Sir Ernest Shackleton's. Highly readable and compelling. Fiennes is the only one of Shackleton's biographers to have experienced firsthand anything like the extremes Shackleton and his men endured. He sparks it to life in a way no other biographer could. Brilliant"-- "The Explorers Journal"