Snow day book recommendation: “South” by Ernest Shackleton

Out of whose womb came the ice?
& the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gardened it?
The waters are hid as with a stone,
& the face of the deep is frozen.

-Excerpt from “South” by Ernest Shackleton

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Snow covers our DIY pizza oven

Snow days remind us of one our favorite books, “South” by Ernest Shackleton. Setting off in 1914, Shackleton and his crew sought to be the first to cross Antarctica.

“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

The crew’s journey abruptly stopped when the thick ice encased and destroyed their ship, the Endurance. The 28 men were left on polar ice floes and faced the unforgiving Antarctic elements: brutal cold and starvation. Through Shackleton’s leadership, the crew survived against all odds.

“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!

This is a great book for many reads throughout life, with each time having the opportunity to learn something new.

 

 

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