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Author: Edward J. Larson Narrator: John Allen Nelson Publisher: Tantor Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781452673141
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Published to coincide with the centenary of the first expeditions to reach the South Pole, An Empire of Ice presents a fascinating new take on Antarctic exploration. Retold with added information, it's the first book to place the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context. Efficient, well prepared, and focused solely on the goal of getting to his destination and back, Amundsen has earned his place in history as the first to reach the South Pole. Scott, meanwhile, has been reduced in the public mind to a dashing incompetent who stands for little more than relentless perseverance in the face of inevitable defeat. An Empire of Ice offers a new perspective on the Antarctic expeditions of the early twentieth century by looking at the British efforts for what they actually were: massive scientific enterprises in which reaching the South Pole was but a spectacular sideshow. By focusing on the larger purpose, Edward Larson deepens our appreciation of the explorers' achievements, shares little-known stories, and shows what the Heroic Age of Antarctic discovery was really about. Download and start listening now!

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  • Larson succeeds in [his] approach to the popular subject of polar exploration by wrapping the science in plenty of dangerous drama to keep readers engaged. Booklist

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 11/2/2013

    " The 1st book of 2012 and an interesting one at that! Larson clearly shows that the British attempts in Antarctica were about science as well as a race to the pole. I am following this book with one about the Norwegian's successful attempt on the pole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 10/17/2013

    " Basic ideas and premise of the book were very interesting and worthwhile, but I found it really hard to stay focused while I was listening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 4/1/2013

    " Fascinating history, but the author's topical organization doesn't quite come together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 3/15/2013

    " Sad tale of an explorer. Very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samuel | 3/11/2013

    " Not quite the adventure story I was looking for, but interesting never the less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 5/12/2012

    " I found this book quite interesting, as it looked at the exploration of Antarctica from the scientific standpoint - really explained how science drove the numerous expeditions and what was learned. A little dry at times, but quite worth the read. "

About the Author

Edward J. Larson received the Pulitzer Prize for History for Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion. He is the author and co-author of several other nonfiction books. He was an inaugural fellow at the National Library for the Study of George Washington. He is a professor of history and holds the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. He travels widely as a media commentator, visiting instructor, and guest speaker.

About the Narrator

John Allen Nelson’s critically acclaimed roles on television’s 24 and Vanished are among the highlights of his twenty-five-plus years as an actor, screenwriter, and film producer. As a narrator, he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his reading of Zoo Story by Thomas French.