The White Darkness [ epub / Pdf ] BY David Grann

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The White Darkness

Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice He was also a man obsessed He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton the nineteenth century polar explorer who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot Shackleton never completed his journeys but he repeatedly rescued his men from cert. 35 I have such a fascination with books set in places that are excessively cold and snow laden Not sure why that is especially since I don t really want to live in these places and due to health reasons will probably never even get to visit I also find intriguing people who do dangerous and near impossible things I try to figure out the mindset of people who feel compelled to take these risks I m not very adventurous was so when I was younger but not to some extreme extentWorsley who idiolized Shackleton was a descendant of one of the men on his crew and was a British special Forces Officer With two other men also descendants of Shackletons crew set off to complete the journey in Antartica that Shackleton was unable to complete This mission would not be enough there would be another trip and then at the last when Worsley attempts to walk across Antartica on a solo tripThe writing is very detailed the pictures aid the reader along with the descriptions to feel as if they were at times along for the journey The book is rather short and moves uickly There are interesting touches of his personal life his wife son and daughter how they felt about his journeys uotes from Shackleton and a few brief mentions of Prince William presenting the men with a signed Union Jack flagA look at a brave man who felt compelled to accomplish the impossibleARC from Edelweiss


Ton had failed in the most brutal landscape in the worldIn 2008 Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew battling the freezing desolate landscape life threatening physical exhaustion and hidden crevasses Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back On November 2015 at age 55 Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous uest to walk across Antarctica alo. I saw this book at my library and picked it up because I had read Grann s amazing Killers of the Flower Moon and so I knew I wanted to read it It s short adapted from a New Yorker article he had published in February 2018 I don t read much non fiction but I occasionally do read stories like this about extraordinary feats of physical prowess that most people just think of as insane risk taking behavior Into the Wild Touching the Void Into Thin Air This is one of these books where a tough guy Henry Worsley who sees the Antarctic explorer Shackleton as his life mentor in courage in the face of impossible physical and mental challenges and forges himself into a kind of throwback to a generation of explorers Worsley who was a relative of someone who made an expedition to Antarctica with Shackleton in 2009 makes the trek with two others who were relatives of Shackleton s crew They make it Then he decides to try it solo several years later at the age of 55This is a fine short book featuring Grann s superb writing so if you might want to read about this but don t want to read a 500 page account this is the one for you With lots of pics of Shackleton s trip and connections to Worsley s trips This is a link to the original New Yorker article is Worsley s final broadcast from Antarctica on his solo trip SPOILER ALERT

David Grann µ 1 SUMMARY

Ain death and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in historyWorsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions He was related to one of Shackleton's men Frank Worsley and spent a fortune collecting artifacts from their epic treks across the continent He modeled his military command on Shackleton's legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them He would succeed where Shackle. THE WHITE DARKNESS is another absolute winner from author David Grann The photos in this book are fabulous and really add to the richness and history of Antarctica exploration British special forces soldier Henry Worsley was much like a modern day Ernest Shackleton who also happened to be his personal hero Once again David Grann educates entertains and inspires through his compelling factual story writing THE WHITE DARKNESS is a modern day adventure not to be missed

  • Hardcover
  • 160
  • The White Darkness
  • David Grann
  • en
  • 05 March 2019
  • 9780385544573

About the Author: David Grann

David Grann has written about everything from New York City’s antiuated water tunnels to the hunt for the giant suid to the presidential campaign His stories have appeared in several anthologies including What We Saw The Events of September 11 2001; The Best American Crime Writing of both 2004 and 2005; and The Best American Sports Writing of 2003 and 2006 A 2004 finalist for the Michael

10 thoughts on “The White Darkness

  1. says:

    35 I have such a fascination with books set in places that are excessively cold and snow laden Not sure why that is especi

  2. says:

    The man felt like a speck in the frozen nothingness Every direction he turned he could see ice stretching to the edge of the Earth white ice and blue ice glacial ice tongues and ice wedges There were no living creatures in sight Not a bear or even a bird Nothing but himThe last book I reviewed was set in the lush and exotic landscape of Corfu Corfu and all of Greece are on my bucket list of places to visit once I have time I can c

  3. says:

    ”For scientific leadership give me Scott; for swift and efficient travel Amundsen; but when you are in a hopeless situation when there seems to be no way out get on your knees and pray for Shackleton” Every t

  4. says:

    For the life of me I will never understand those people who are inclined to attempt what's never been done before even if it means putting their lives in danger Well I could understand if it was something fun But something like trekking 1000 miles across the brutal continent of Antarctica alone?? Hell no I'll st

  5. says:

    THE WHITE DARKNESS is another absolute winner from author David Grann The photos in this book are fabulous and r

  6. says:

    What is Antarctica other than a blank canvas on which you can seek to impose yourself?This is another incredible nonfiction work by David Grann I loved his previous book Killers of the Flower Moon so much that I will read anything by him So far every Grann book I've read has been well worth my timeThe White Darkness is the true story of Henry Worlsey a British officer who became obsessed with Antarctica This book covers

  7. says:

    45 stars rounded up This would have been an excellent book to read on January 1 reminding myself to pull up my bootstraps bombard the castle jump into oblivion and just generally get on with something that reuires intense focus and dedication David Grann brings the reader a modern day hero Henry Worsley a man who has just that ki

  8. says:

    I saw this book at my library and picked it up because I had read Grann's amazing Killers of the Flower Moon and so I knew I wanted to read it

  9. says:

    35 stars

  10. says:

    My obsession with Antarctic explorers began when I was eleven and read The Great White South by Herbert Ponting the photographer on the 1911 Scott expedition As a girl I held a heroic idealization of Scott and his men freezing in their hut It seemed all so heroic then Later readings lowered Scott in my estimation Henry Worsley idoli

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