“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness. Constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in event of success.” -Ernest Shackleton Advertisement for Endurance Expedition Crew
“South” by Sir Ernest Shackleton is perhaps one of the best books about leadership by one of the greatest leaders of people. What makes this story even more captivating is that Sir. Ernest Shackleton did not even succeed in his mission!
Setting off in 1914, Shackleton and his crew sought to be the first to cross Antarctica. However, their journey took an abrupt turn when the thick ice encased and destroyed their ship, named the Endurance. The 28 men were left on polar ice floes and were forced to face the unforgiving Antarctic elements, such as brutal cold and starvation.
In the most extraordinary story about perseverance against all odds, Shackleton ultimately failed in his goal to reach the South Pole. As the foreword describes, “Shackleton’s legacy is simple heroism, and his ability to lead men through the most severe conditions any human being has endured and survived.”
This is a great book for many reads throughout life, with each time having the opportunity to learn something new.