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Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

Sir Ernest Shackleton's famous journey through the Antarctic, from 1914 to 1916, is a testament to man's will to survive. Caroline Alexander recounts his endeavor in her new book called "The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition". We ask her why she thinks there's still so much fascination with Shackleton.

Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
An Interview with Caroline Alexander

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The Endurance

Even today, Antarctica is a place few people ever dream of visiting. In the early 1900's, travel to this icy no-man's land was pure folly unless you were a bonafide explorer like Sir Ernest Shackleton, who's legendary expedition through Antarctica's frozen waters from 1914 to 1916 is a testament to man's will to survive. Caroline Alexander recounts Shackleton's heroic endeavor to cross Antarctica on foot in her book called The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition. Caroline's also the co-curator of an exhibition about the experience at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, which runs through October 11th.

I asked Caroline why so much attention has been drawn to an expedition that was, essentially, a failure.

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