Author: Christine Dell'Amore

Publisher: Assouline 

ISBN-10: 161428010XISBN-13: 978-1614280101


Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions, which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman,” Captain Scott wrote as he lay dying, penning his last words in his “Message to the Public” in March 1912.

He need not have worried. Christine Dell’Amore, environment writer-editor for National Geographic News, has compiled SOUTH POLE: The British Antarctic Expedition 1910–1913, a stunning book that more than captures the strength, stamina, and bravery shown by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his doomed crew during their Terra Nova Expedition of 1910-1913. Their epic struggle returns once again in Dell’Amore’s new book that captures their unprecedented journey through detailed text and a collection of Scott’s dazzling black and white photographs that celebrate the inhospitable and incomparably beautiful landscapes. Entries from Scott's traumatic diary also starkly augment this volume released on the 100th Anniversary of Scott and his team’s last expedition to the South Pole.

The book retells the life and boundless bravery displayed by Scott and his five-man team as they battled the elements and traveled through subzero temperatures with motor sledges and ponies in the hope of being the first to reach this uninhabited territory. Their story comes back with an eerie echo at a remarkable time in human history when some claim that our planet stands on the brink of a shift in the Earth’s magnetic poles at the end of 2012. For those who have not yet heard, Charles Hapgood’s theory was endorsed by Albert Einstein, and both suggested that the poles, aided by massive ice build up, are damned to eventually be thrown by centrifugal force to the equator. They suggest that the pole shift may cause our planet to flip on its axis, moving previously inhabitable regions into the positions of uttermost north and south. Reading this book now, I could not help but wonder if other areas of the Earth’s land mass become the next frozen wastelands, will another intrepid explorer come forward to forge an unexplored trail into the new ice-bound and snow-covered South Pole as Scott and his team did almost exactly a century ago? With this book, we can easily foresee the struggle they will encounter. 

Dell’Amore’s stunning 136-page book spans Scott’s entire crossing, beginning when he arrived at the South Pole on January 17, 1912 only to face their worst nightmare: a Norwegian flag. Disheartened and badly frostbitten, they trudged back toward their boat only to die just eleven miles from the next depot.

Assouline has released this book in three unique formats: a trade edition in hardcover; an oversized special edition hardcover with jacket; and, most exclusively, an artist's limited luxury hand bound edition in extra-large format, complete with waterproof pages—the first luxury art book of its kind. For people interested in one of history’s greatest horrors, SOUTH POLE: The British Antarctic Expedition 1910–1913 will grasp a dramatic, enduring position in their library.

Christine Dell’Amore, environment writer-editor for National Geographic News, has reported from six continents, including Antarctica. She has also written for Smithsonian Magazine and The Washington Post. Christine holds a Masters Degree in journalism with a specialty in environmental reporting from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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