Why Shackleton?

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

 

  • What are the chances every member of the group survives a harrowing ordeal in the harshest climate on earth?

 

  • How often are first-person accounts kept documenting the leader’s strategies throughout a lengthy ordeal?

 

  • Trapped on an ice-floe, with no hope of rescue, a crew-member wrote in his journal of Shackleton, “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.”

 

  • Back in civilization, this team regarded their boss as “the greatest leader on God’s earth, bar none.”

 

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

 

  • Bonus: Professional photographs and film survive from the expedition.