• How often do you find a group completely isolated from the rest of the world for almost two years?


  • What are the chances that each member of the group survives the ordeal in the harshest climate on earth?


  • What are the chances that first-person accounts are kept throughout the ordeal documenting the leader’s strategies?


  • Trapped on an ice-floe, hundreds of miles from the nearest outpost of civilization, with no hope of rescue, at a low-point in the expedition, a crew-member wrote in his journal of their leader, “No matter what turns up, he is always ready to alter his plans and make fresh ones, and in the meantime laughs, jokes, and … keeps everyone’s spirits up.”


  • After they were rescued by their leader and back in civilization, this team considered their boss “the greatest leader on God’s earth, bar none.”


  • A full 60 years after the expedition, an American asked one of the last surviving members of the expedition how they had survived. He answered in one word, “Shackleton.”


  • Bonus: Against all odds, an extensive collection of photographs and film survive from the expedition.


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