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1. Roald Amundsen 's The North West
2. Biography - Amundsen, Roald Engelbregt
3. Roald Amundsen (Great Explorers)
4. Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott:
5. Roald Amundsen: The Conquest of
6. Race to the South Pole (The Great
7. Roald Amundsen and the Quest for
8. Peary and Amundsen Race to the
9. The South Pole
10. The Race: A Novel of Polar Exploration
11. To the South Pole
12. The Amundsen Photographs
13. History Chapters: Roald Amundsen
14. Amundsen & Scott's Race to
15. The Last Place on Earth (Modern
16. The South Pole
17. The Expeditions of Amundsen (Exploration
18. Amundsen, el primero en el Polo
19. Judgement over the Dead: The Screenplay
20. Rual Amundsen: 1872-1928 (Nauchno-biograficheskaia

1. Roald Amundsen 's The North West passage being the record of
by Amundsen. Roald. 1872-1928.
 Paperback: Pages (1908-01-01)

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2. Biography - Amundsen, Roald Engelbregt Gravning (1872-1928): An article from: Contemporary Authors
by Gale Reference Team
Digital: 8 Pages (2003-01-01)
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This digital document, covering the life and work of Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen, is an entry from Contemporary Authors, a reference volume published by Thompson Gale. The length of the entry is 2261 words. The page length listed above is based on a typical 300-word page. Although the exact content of each entry from this volume can vary, typical entries include the following information:

  • Place and date of birth and death (if deceased)
  • Family members
  • Education
  • Professional associations and honors
  • Employment
  • Writings, including books and periodicals
  • A description of the author's work
  • References to further readings about the author
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3. Roald Amundsen (Great Explorers)
by Enid Broderick
 Hardcover: 48 Pages (2002-09)
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4. Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott: Race for the South Pole (World's Great Explorers)
by Paul P. Sipiera
 Library Binding: 128 Pages (1991-07)
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Describes the competition between Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott to reach the South Pole, with emphasis on the personalities of the two explorers. ... Read more

5. Roald Amundsen: The Conquest of the South Pole (In the Footsteps of Explorers)
by Julie Karner
Paperback: 32 Pages (2006-10-30)
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Ages 8 to 14 years.This fascinating new book reveals how Amundsen's years of arctic training, expert dog-handling skills, and luck in finding a quicker route, allowed him to reach the South Pole more than a month before his closest rivals. ... Read more

6. Race to the South Pole (The Great Adventures)
by Roald Amundsen
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2007-03-13)
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Part historical essay, part scientific article, and part enthralling diary-Roald Amundsen's (1872-1928) book presents intriguing documentation about how his expedition reached the South Pole on December 14, 1911, just one month ahead of his rival, Robert Scott. Amundsen organized his gripping account using what is referred to in the film industry as the zooming technique. It starts in the past, examining the history of Antarctic exploration in different eras, and then moves ahead to describe how his own expedition was created, its organization, the slow stages involved in preparing for departure and, finally, the heart-stopping excitement of the race to the South Pole.Supplementing the vivid first-person text are black-and-white archival photographs illustrating the actual expedition, and color photographs depicting the landscape of Antarctica. ... Read more

7. Roald Amundsen and the Quest for the South Pole (World Explorers)
by Leo Flaherty
 Library Binding: 112 Pages (1992-04)
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Chronicles Roald Amundsen's expedition to the South Pole. ... Read more

8. Peary and Amundsen Race to the Poles (Beyond the Horizons)
by Antony Mason
 Library Binding: 46 Pages (1995-01)
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Isbn: 0811439771
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9. The South Pole
by Roald Amundsen
Kindle Edition: 449 Pages (2004-07-01)
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Asin: B000FC2632
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free.This is an OCR edition with typos.Excerpt from book:Meanwhile we had brought all our things as far as possible into a place of safety ; the dogs lay harnessed to reduce the risk of losing them. Wisting was just going over to his sledge—he had gone the same way several times before—when suddenly I saw nothing but his head, shoulders and arms above the snow. He had fallen through, but saved himself by stretching his arms out as he fell. The crevasse was bottomless, like the rest. We went into the tent and cooked lobscouse. Leaving the weather to take care of itself, we made ourselves as comfortable as we could. It was then one o'clock in the afternoon. The wind had fallen considerably since we came in, and before we knew what was happening, it was perfectly calm. It began to brighten a little about three, and we went out to look at it.The weather was evidently improving, and on the northern horizon there was a sign of blue sky. On the south it was thick. Far off, in the densest part of the mist, we could vaguely see the outline of a dome-like elevation, and Wisting and Hanssen went off to examine it. The dome turned out to be one of the small haycock formations that we had seen before in this district. They struck at it with their poles, and—just as they expected—it was hollow, and revealed the darkest abyss. Hanssen was positively chuckling with delight when he told us about it; Hassel sent him an envious glance.A paaHANSSEN'S REGRETS 11By 4 p.m. it cleared, and a small reconnoitring party, composed of three, started to find a way out of this. I was one of the three, so we had a long Alpine rope between us ; I don't like tumbling in, if I can avoid it by such simple means. We set out to the east—the direction that had brought us out of the same broken ground before—and we had not gone more than a few paces wh... ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Amundsen Antarctic exploration 5 stars OCR software mistakes down to 2 stars
What a shame. The actual contents of this book by explorer Roald Amundsen was 5 stars. Incredible action, great descriptions of their ship the fram, provisions, their food....everything was great. I really got into the book and was enjoying it very much when I get to an OCR software mistake, misprints, misspelling and words together. Many mistakes throughout the book. Also one large paragraph so bad I could not make it out.

General books says in the book they are using OCR software to help print the book and avoid proof reading to keep costs low. Do yourself a favor and buy Amundsen's account part 1 or 2 NOT in an OCR software edition book. Pay the extra 2 dollars or more for an error free book. Its so frustrating reading something so enjoyable and having to stop for mistakes and sort things out. A major distraction for me.

Now the good parts. Amundsen had a sense of humor and loved his sled dogs. However his people party were most important and if a dog was not able to keep up and pull the sled he would have the animal killed and if needed the other dogs would feed on it. Animal lovers will say this is horrible but Amundsen was a realest who survived -70F temperatures and got all his men back. Poor explorer Scott lost his life and 4 others after reaching the pole after Amundsen.

Amundsen's 95% effort was to reach the South Pole first and 5% scientific exploration. He did all he planned in a most efficient method using dogs to pull sleds and clothing more in tune what the native people of the far north would wear. The man had his act together and did not try to do all things like Scott's expedition did. Scott used ponies, snow tractors and dogs. Most all failed him and his 5 man polar group manhandled/pulled their sleds to the pole and partially back by themselves. Poor planning, bad weather that cost 5 lives.

Amundsen and his men returned to Norway as heroes being the first to conquer the South Pole. Scott and his polar party were heroes too but perished.

Amundsen's tale is 5 stars and fantastic but this OCR software book for me dragged it down with many mistakes to 2 stars. I do recommend you getting Amundsen's story about going to the South Pole and the ship the "fram" but get a regular printed book NOT an OCR software printed edition.

P.S. My family and father actually were on the "fram" in a museum in Norway and I took a picture of my Dad holding the steering wheel. Great vacation and happy memories. I liked the information so much I just ordered the 800 page plus Cooper paperback edition.Ill read this all over again without the OCR mistakes. The General books OCR edition stunk with too many printing errors, misspelling, and words together. An entire large paragraph destroyed. What a way to ruin a great true polar exploration story.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well prepared and modest
Roald Amundsen's account of his South Polar dash reveals how modest the man really was. He, alone (with the help of brother Leon), collected funds, found a suitable vessel, recruited professional polar travelers, bought dogs, food, materials of every kind, fought against incredible odds just to leave port with the expedition...all the while keeping it a secret!

Yes he was deceptive, but he was succesful! His only concern was to get to the Pole and back. He never suggest otherwise. But woudn't you agree that there is a serious contradiction when the Scott expedition is concern? How can you brag going to Antarctica with an extensive program for the sake of "science", and still travel like cavemen over the ice man-hauling in terrible condition?

The only thing missing from Amundsen's story is his relation with Johanssen, most specifically the tension between those two that endangered Amundsen's leadership when he started too early in september.

I advise you to read both "Scott's journals" and "The South Pole" before going into all the others major books who analyses both men's work. That way, you'll be able to make your mind more freely about both explorers.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not very good
Scanned with an Optical Character Recognition program and poorly done at best. Some sections are incomplete or unreadableThe title sort of suggests the actual assault on the South Pole.The title should have not included the words "The South Pole(1):"

1-0 out of 5 stars Review of "The South Pole (1)..." from General Books
Be aware that the "book" of the above title is a very poorly made OCR scan of the original at Stanford. It is barely readable and loaded with errors and missing pages. My copy was printed two days after I ordered it, according to a note on the last page. So be careful! Other books of similar title are vastly preferable, such as those from Forgotten Books, similarly priced.

5-0 out of 5 stars MasterPiece.
Wonderful. Strong. Beautiful. It is a great book. You end up thinking that the five hundred pages are not enought. Amundsen is the project management himself. It is a pleasure to read such an adventure in a such complete edition, with all maps, photos, cientific info, etc. Highly recommended. ... Read more

10. The Race: A Novel of Polar Exploration
by Kare Holt
 Hardcover: 255 Pages (1976-09)
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11. To the South Pole
by Carla Frazier, Dennis Manton
 Library Binding: 31 Pages (1979-06)
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Narrates the dangers and hardships faced by Roald Amundsen as he battled to be the first to overcome the difficulties of the journey to the South Pole. ... Read more

12. The Amundsen Photographs
 Hardcover: 199 Pages (1987-10)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary book
Rarely have I read and re-read a book with as much interest as this one. The pictures in the book was thought lost until re-discovered in a loft in Oslo in 1986. It provides an unusual insight into early polar explorationfrom both a pictoral and literary perspective

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Record of Exploration History
As opposed to all the badly written adventure fiction books of today, thisis an excellent photographic record of Amundsen's adventures.It's atribute to the man who was among the first to winter in the Antarctic, wasthe first to reach the South Pole, was the first to fly over the arcticocean and the North Pole, and was killed while attempting to rescue anotherexpedition that had crashed in the Arctic.A photographic tribute to atruely great man. ... Read more

13. History Chapters: Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott Race to the South Pole
by Gare Thompson
Library Binding: 48 Pages (2007-10-09)
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Two men! One dream! Which one will become the first to reach the South Pole and bring the honor and glory home to their country? Trek along the route of discovery and adventure, deep into Antarctic wastelands. Relive the harrowing trials of Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott in a story of soaring triumph and bleak tragedy. Young readers will follow this race to greatness all the way to the ends of the Earth. ... Read more

14. Amundsen & Scott's Race to the South Pole (Great Journeys)
by Liz Gogerly
 Hardcover: 48 Pages (2008-03-30)
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Offers a thrilling adventure through unknown worlds, while teaching landforms, geography, history, science and biography. These are high-interest books, with strong human interest and an adventure story narrative. Ages 10-14. ... Read more

15. The Last Place on Earth (Modern Library Exploration)
by Roland Huntford
Paperback: 640 Pages (1999-09-07)
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Asin: 0375754741
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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At the beginning of the twentieth century, the South Pole was the most coveted prize in the fiercely nationalistic modern age of exploration. In the brilliant dual biography, the award-winning writer Roland Huntford re-examines every detail of the great race to the South Pole between Britain's Robert Scott and Norway's Roald Amundsen. Scott, who dies along with four of his men only eleven miles from his next cache of supplies, became Britain's beloved failure, while Amundsen, who not only beat Scott to the Pole but returned alive, was largely forgotten. This account of their race is a gripping, highly readable history that captures the driving ambitions of the era and the complex, often deeply flawed men who were charged with carrying them out. THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH is the first of Huntford's masterly trilogy of polar biographies. It is also the only work on the subject in the English language based on the original Norwegian sources, to which Huntford returned to revise and update this edition.Amazon.com Review
On December 14, 1911, the classical age of polar explorationended when Norway's Roald Amundsen conquered the South Pole. Hiscompetitor for the prize, Britain's Robert Scott, arrived one monthlater--but died on the return with four of his men only 11 miles fromtheir next cache of supplies. But it was Scott, ironically, who becamethe legend, Britain's heroic failure, "a monument to sheer ambitionand bull-headed persistence. His achievement was to perpetuate theromantic myth of the explorer as martyr, and ... to glorify sufferingand self-sacrifice as ends in themselves." The world promptly forgotabout Amundsen.

Biographer Ronald Huntford's attempt to restoreAmundsen to glory, first published in 1979 under the title Scottand Amundsen, has been thawed as part of the Modern LibraryExploration series, captained by Jon Krakauer (ofInto Thin Airfame). The Last Place on Earth is a complex and fascinatingaccount of the race for this last great terrestrial goal, and it'spointedly geared toward demythologizing Scott. Though this was the ageof the amateur explorer, Amundsen was a professional: he left littleto chance, apprenticed with Eskimos, and obsessed over everydetail. While Scott clung fast to the British rule of "No skis, nodogs," Amundsen understood that both were vital to survival, and theyclearly won him the Pole.

Amundsen in Huntford's view is the "lastgreat Viking" and Scott his bungling opposite: "stupid ... recklesslyincompetent," and irresponsible in the extreme--failings that cost himand his teammates their lives. Yet for all of Scott's real orexaggerated faults, he understood far better than Amundsen the powerof a well-crafted sentence. Scott's diaries were recoveredand widely published, and if the world insisted on lionizing Scott, itwas partly because he told a better story. Huntford's bias aside, it'sclear that both Scott and Amundsen were valiant and deeplyflawed. "Scott ... had set out to be an heroic example. Amundsenmerely wanted to be first at the pole. Both had their prayersanswered." --Svenja Soldovieri ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Adventure Told in Style, Gives Amundsen his Due
Reading this book and watching the accompanying docudrama on PBS is the reason why I am going next year on a cruise to Antarctica.I won't come near the South Pole, but seeing and photographing the White Continent and its animals, ice, and nature at its most primal will be good enough.

"The Last Place on Earth" is a wonderfully told story of the competition between Scott and Amundsen to get to the South Pole.The author tells his tale in a way that is captivating and loaded with fascinating history as well.

I was less pleased with Huntford's following book about Shackleton because it seemed under-documented (albeit very readable.But "The Last Place on Earth" does not have those faults.Is it perfect and perfectly fair?No, but I think Huntford does history a service by spending as much time on Amundsen as the better known Scott.

Reading some of the reviews of this book on amazon.co.uk is almost comical.A number of reviewers talk about the book being a hysterical character assassination.I saw no evidence of that.People are entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts as the late Senator Patrick Moynihan once observed and the fact about the race to the South Pole are pretty stark:

1.Amundsen got his polar party to the South Pole well ahead of Scott and he brought all of his men back alive and possibly in better health than they were when they started out.

2.Scott got himself and his polar party all killed and arrived at the pole a very distant second.

Yet Scott gets all the glory and gets apologia written about him while Amundsen remains obscure.That is not right and Huntford has done a lot to set the record straight.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good read
Very detailed account of the race to the South Pole between Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Admunsen. This book will appeal to readers who have a more pragmatic and result oriented outlook on life and not so much to the more romantic and idealistic. Huntford conveys in a brilliant and well researched narrative the fundamental differences between both expeditions: Scott's, driven by the past, the glory of the British Empire, and the British people; and Admunsen'sgoing forward toward the future and a more modern "professional" attitude in exploration and sports in general.
This change in the approach to Polar expedition is paralleled in the mountaineering world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
An interesting and in-depth book of exactly what they went through to pave the way for those who dream of ploring. The last of the great discoverers. An insightful glance into how tough these men really were. A fantastic read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Put It Down!
The Last Place On Earth most deservedly earns the many five-star ratings listed on Amazon.Neither an avid reader nor a Antarctic aficionado, I found myself unable to put this book down.Huntford sets out on his own ambitious quest to tell the parallel tales of Scott and Amundsen's race to the pole in 560+ pages crafted to maintain the reader's interest.In this quest, Huntford is the master.

Huntford switches between Amundsen and Scott on a roughly per-chapter basis.A lesser author would render such a work either too choppy or slow enough for the reader to lose track.Huntford's treatment of the expeditions flows nicely, provides all of the detail of interest and none of the superfluous page-filler."The Last Place On Earth" seems daunting at over 1" thick, but turns out to be a pleasantly brisk read.It was a sad moment to actually finish the book.

Yes, as so many point out, Huntford clearly holds Amundsen in a great light and Scott, well, shall we say "at the other pole".Yet one cannot help but understand this sentiment, as Huntford thoroughly explains and "justifies" this view.Is it unfair to call Amundsen the master, and Scott the bungler when the objective evidence leaves no other conclusion?This bias, though pervasive, does not detract from the book's factual and adventure value.

Amundsen's triumph and Scott's tragedy serve as object lessons in leadership, logistics, and planning.One can learn much from this book and apply it to almost any enterprise.It is only the sharp contrast in the explorers' styles that provides these lessons, and warns of their profoundly different outcomes.

The section about Kathleen Scott's alleged affair could just as well have been left out.I saw no reference notation in the text, and without substantiation, it really doesn't belong especially in light of the book's matter-of-fact tone.This was one of the few instances where Huntford seemed unjustifiably hard on Scott.Although Huntford convinced me that Scott was clueless and brought his fate on himself, Scott's last chapter made me feel truly sorry for him.

Read "The Last Place On Earth".It will pay great dividends for a small investment of your time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just excellent. Read it to learn the truth.
This book is so good and so changed the hero worship apologist views of Scott that, all by itself, it spawned a whole set of NEW apologist rebuttals. Some of these books just can't accept the truth, and perhaps the only one that deserves a response is the work by Susan Solomon, a meteorologist, who contends that Scott may have made errors, but was basically the victim of "bad weather".

First, it's entirely unsurprising to expect a certain amount of bad weather at the South Pole(!), but the contention is that that the weather was even worse than what should have been expected. Perhaps, but the uncomfortable truth remains that Amundsen and his crew completed the journey (and gained weight on the return from the Pole), while Scott literally froze and starved.

What accounts for the difference?

Aside from much better technique, in all matters large (dogs vs ponies) and small (food that was less prone to cause scurvy), Amundsen did not presume on the weather. He started early---even a little too early with a false start---and was thus finished with the journey when the cold weather came to finish off Scott.

Is this luck on the part of Amundsen or bad judgement by Scott? Deciding that question is a matter of hindsight, but we can compare the record of the two on other matters. In every case, Amundsen allowed generous, even enormous safety factors (for example, literally abandoning food on the return from the pole, while Scott was starving), while Scott cut everything close. In essence, Scott expected all variables, including the weather, to be arranged for his convenience, while Amundsen took a humble and conservative approach since he was venturing into a total unknown.

Scott followed closely, in fact almost exactly, the route that had been pioneered by Shackelton, who came within 90 miles of the pole. This may have encouraged Scott to believe that he knew more of what to expect than was actually the case. Amundsen, in contrast, was blazing a trail on an unknown route with every step. He was forced to include large safety factors because of this.

Was Scott the martinet depicted in this book? This is probably what has provoked such vehement defenses of Scott, but in the larger picture, it doesn't matter. Scott made numerous errors in technique and finally paid the ultimate price for it. Arrogance, incompetence, bad luck, or all of those? Probably all, with only the proportions subject to debate.

Huntford wrote this book to give proper credit to the man who quietly planned and brilliantly excecuted the expedition that succeeded. Scott may have had "bad weather" or "bad luck" but he also had poor execution of a bad plan and he presumed too much.

Read the book. It's excellent, and you can then judge for yourself. ... Read more

16. The South Pole
by Roald Amundsen
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17. The Expeditions of Amundsen (Exploration Through the Ages)
by Richard Humble
 Library Binding: 32 Pages (1992-04)
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Describes the life and expeditions of the Norwegian explorer who first reached the South Pole. ... Read more

18. Amundsen, el primero en el Polo Sur/ Amundsen, First in the South Pole (Grandes Exploradores) (Spanish Edition)
by Enid Broderick
 Hardcover: 48 Pages (2008-06-30)
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19. Judgement over the Dead: The Screenplay of the Last Place on Earth
by Trevor Griffiths
 Hardcover: 305 Pages (1986-05)
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20. Rual Amundsen: 1872-1928 (Nauchno-biograficheskaia seriia) (Russian Edition)
by Vasilii Mikhailovich Pasetskii
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1997)

Isbn: 5020036242
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