Now Beau Riffenburgh tells the forgotten story of Douglas Mawson and his death-defying expedition of However, following the tragic deaths of the other members of his sledging party, he was left to struggle the hundreds of miles back to base alone, only to find that the relief ship had sailed away, leaving him to face another year in Antarctica.
Having survived with a small band of men against incredible odds, he later led a groundbreaking two-year expedition which explored hundreds of miles of unknown coastline. Mawson's is a story of true heroism and a fascinating insight into the human psyche under extreme duress.
Racing With Death: Douglas Mawson Antarctic Explorer
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As a leader, Mawson was more Scott than Shackleton - unresponsive to mood and an indifferent judge of character. The expedition's wireless operator went "off his base", and Mawson was notably unkind to the family of the poor man, who spent the rest of his life in asylums.
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When they came back to Antarctica to map the coast nearly 20 years later, Mawson and Davis, his ship's captain of old who had been his best man, grew to loathe one another. Riffenburgh is inclined not to examine his subject's flaws. The biographer takes the Edwardian view that it's by the explorer's heroics you shall know him, which is why, like the best polar books, Racing with Death is on peak form when out on the ice.
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Racing with Death: Douglas Mawson - Antarctic Explorer
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