Drawing on extensive research of original diaries and personal correspondence, Michael Smith's definitive biography brings a fresh perspective to our understanding of this complex man and the heroic age of polar exploration.
‘timely and thorough… as a buccaneering Edwardian adventurer, as chaotic and hapless in his private life as he was dynamic in his public exploits, [Shackleton] is rescued by Michael Smith’s genial biography as a flawed, enduring inspiration.’
'A rich volume, written in a passionate, engaging style that makes it a compelling read, full of nuanced conclusions about many of Shackleton's formative life moments, and meticulously researched, as with all of Michael Smith's work.'
‘Absorb[ing]… a fair and rounded picture of a man who was a great companion and leader in a tight corner but possibly better viewed across an iceberg than across a boardroom table or a martial bedroom'
‘a fresh perspective… very readable… Smith's research has uncovered some interesting side stories'
'fast-moving and gripping… Michael Smith's biography shows us a complex multi-faceted man'
‘Diligently researched with extensive quotation… a welcome addition to the library of the polar aficionado'
‘Smith's research is detailed and meticulous… fascinating… [He] tells [the story] with passion and commitment.'
"The epic struggles, heroics and unbelieveable hardships of the voyages are wonderfully told. Compulsive reading."
‘A fascinating book - warm, complex, engaging - just like the man himself. This absorbing new biography strips away the myths and misconceptions to reveal one of the twentieth century's most important explorers in all his flawed genius.'
'Perhaps the most riveting biography I've ever read.'