A mix of history, geography, myth, and personal truth, this book explores the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands, and the Weddell Sea--the most visited places in Antarctica. Filled with beautiful photographs by the author from his travels, this record offers a selection of anecdotal accounts of the merchantmen, navy men, sealers, whalers, and aviators who, aloA mix of history, geography, myth, and personal truth, this book explores the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands, and the Weddell Sea--the most visited places in Antarctica. Filled with beautiful photographs by the author from his travels, this record offers a selection of anecdotal accounts of the merchantmen, navy men, sealers, whalers, and aviators who, along with scientists and adventurers, drew the first ghostly maps of the White Continent. It delves into the heads and hearts of those who were driven to discover the unknown land and is ideal for the armchair traveler who wants to explore the continent's past and present....
|Title||:||Forgotten Footprints: Lost Stories in the Discovery of Antarctica|
|Number of Pages||:||464 Pages|
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Forgotten Footprints: Lost Stories in the Discovery of Antarctica Reviews
The Antarctic is a place that was discovered in stages, As the sailors and explorers of the 18th century ventured further from the safe waters of the Atlantic in into the southern ocean, they stared to think that there was an undiscovered land beyond the tip of Africa and South America. Little by little they came across the islands and the marine inhabitants.Starting in 1728 with Cook, Harrison describes the journeys and the discoveries that these early adventures make. Traveling in those days was bad enough but by the time they encountered the harsh and brutal environment that makes this place so unique these guys were really suffering.In-between each trip is a short interlude on a specific subject, whale hunting or scurvy and it breaks the book up nicely. As the title indicates these are the small and often forgotten trips that make up the history off this amazing place. Scott and Amundsen do get a mention, but he has deliberately avoided making another book about them, and they do not take over the book. Harrison writes some fine travel books and whilst this is not just about his own journeys to and from the continent, it is not strictly travel. That said, it is a fine book, well written, and he does illuminate these often forgotten Antarctic stories.
This is a book I should have loved. A stirring remembrance of those little known souls who opened the way for the exploration and understanding of the great southern continent. Men like the Belgian, De Gerlach and the Russian Bellinghausen, known today only in their home towns and among a scattering of academics, paved the way for titans like Ross, Amundsen and Shackleton.The main problem with Harrison's book, as engaging and well written as it is, is that the litany of expeditions - all full of heroism, horror and humanity - reads a bit too much like a Groundhog Day list of recurring problems: how to stay warm, overwinter and eat.This is a shame because Harrison is without doubt a most talented writer and Antarctic specialist. I just wanted to hear more about him. Also, any serious reader is well advised to invest in a good map of the continent, as the detail in the book is rather granular at times.I liked this book but it could have been so much better with some judicious editing and additions by the author.
Having read a fictional book on antarctic/arctic explorers, I was courious about this one and some more profound information on the early travellers of this remote continent.You can feel Harrison's passion for this topic in every word of the book. The fact, that he regularely travels to the arctics himself and works on a tourist ship gives this book a great vibe too.However, for me personally the book was to long with too many similar stories. If you're more familiar with the described places and personas, you might feel differentely but for me, it was at some point quite difficult to keep track of all the Islands, captains and landing.Overall, a nicely written book on the early travelers of the arctic, but mainly for people which are really into this topic.
Well written, with a lot of details (sometimes maybe a littele too much).Fascinating subject, on powerfull men and women going out to discover this part of the world.
Fascinating stories, but a tricky read for some reason. Felt like it needed a better narrative to pull it all together in the early chapters.