I was out of things to read, so I thought I’d go to the library and look at the Peak Picks (the newer library books on display that are available to borrow for a shorter period of time (2 weeks)) and grabbed this book because it was very small (had no idea what it was about) it is about a British fellow who decided to retrace the Antarctic venture of Ernest Shackelton. Henry Worsely was an Army officer in Special Ops, so he was someone who had training (physical and mental) for such an adventure, but even idealistic ventures come with challenges. He found out that he had an ancestor who went on Shackleton’s Antarctic venture at the turn of the century and he found two other guys to venture out with him. They completed their adventure (I don’t remember reading about him in the newspaper) and he then decides to do the trip again on his own. Most of us remain sanely competent to read about such adventures and live vicariously through books and stories. I was freezing all day, so reading about the desolate White Darkness was a bit difficult but I was snug in bed. The author David Grann is a journalist who also wrote The Lost City of Z. He tells the story quickly (the book is only 146 pages with lots of photos) so it reads very fast. You come away thinking, what possessed the man? What compelled him exactly to attempt his second Antarctic trip alone? Great read if you need something short and interesting, but probably best saved for a nice hot day!

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