Amundsen’s Way: The Race to the South Pole


What does it take to be the first? This is the gripping tale of the great Norwegian explorer’s courage, single-minded determination and ruthlessness in the race to the South Pole.

How will history view Amundsen? For his daring deeds, his discipline, or perhaps his deception?  Is he a hero or a villain?

Amundsen’s South Polar conquest is an extraordinary tale combining risk, intrigue and personal conflict.  Amundsen had a thirst for world records and employed astute planning and shrewd strategy to propel him onwards.  He would stop at nothing to secure his goals. His is a story testament to brilliance and courage.From the author of the highly acclaimed Into the White, and full of life-threatening challenges, hazards, deception, triumphs and disasters, Amundsen’s Way is that rare thing, a pure adventure story.
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Amundsen’s Way: The Race to the South Pole

Joanna Grochowicz

(Allen and Unwin)

Amundsen’s Way’ is the compelling tale of Roald Amundsen’s triumphant conquest of the South Pole. It seems like Roald Amundsen was a complex, driven character. whose hard-headed race to the finishing line absorb us. Does this make him an inspired leader? How is he regarded by history?
Amundsen’s Way‘ is a  thrilling companion piece to Into The White, Joanna Grochowicz’s exploration of the Scott polar expedition. Her narrative brings the personalities and experience of the crew to life. Furthermore, it emphasises the vital importance of the 72 dogs that pulled the sleighs.  We compare the style, manner and construction of Scott’s expedition. Which one would we choose to join? Thereafter, we take a nuanced portrait of Amundsen, a complex and ruthless character.  Highly recommended.


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