South Summary

An Apple Books Classic edition.

“Huge blocks of ice, weighing many tons, were lifted into the air and tossed aside as other masses rose beneath them. We were helpless intruders in a strange world, our lives dependent upon the play of grim elementary forces that made a mock of our puny efforts.”

In the canon of true stories of adventure and exploration, Ernest Shackleton’s first-person account of the Endurance expedition stands alone. In 1914, Shackleton’s crew set out to traverse the Antarctic continent When their ship was crushed between massive sheets of ice, hope soon gave way to terror. After being trapped on a floe, Shackleton’s men risk life and limb to reach the shores of a desolate outcrop, where a small group sets out in search of rescue.

Shackleton documents their harrowing journey in an uncovered lifeboat, enduring freezing weather and unimaginable conditions. This riveting life-and-death drama is a testament to the human spirit. It will keep you glued to the page from beginning to end.

Book Reviews


Fascinating Read5 star

Despite its age, this true tale is absolutely riveting. How could a team of mortal beings survive this disastrous ordeal? A truly inspiring story of the courage of the human spirit tortured by extreme conditions. I couldn’t put it down.55


An epic adventure!5 star

I liked the authenticity of this narrative; it contains the source autobiographical logs from this Antarctic expedition.55

Nick the geologist

A true adventure in amazing detail!5 star

Herein lies a tale of overcoming adversity that is beyond normal human endeavors.55


Fantastic account of such brave explorers5 star

This book is so well written I could hardly take a break from reading it. I encourage you to read it. The conditions in the Antarctic were difficult beyond imagination, and the tales of the creativity, determination and loyalty of the men are very interesting. WOW!55


South4 star

Excellent book, very good detail in all expects, highly recommended.45

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