Friday, February 4, 2011

Got Books? One Man's Polar Collection

According to retired Du Pont executive Mike Tyler of Lewes, Dela., “Books, a seemingly endless resource of exploration accounts, have taken me on frigid journeys I never imagined existed or ever realized that so many courageous men even made.”

Here is a list of his favorite polar adventure books:

Shackleton, Roland Huntford, Abacus 1996 (paperback)

South Sir Ernest Shackleton, Konecky and Konecky

The Heart of the Antarctic, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Birlinn Ltd. 2000 (paperback)

Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Journey, Alfred Lansing, McGraw Hill, 1959

Shackleton, Margery and James Fisher, James Barrie Books, Ltd., 1937

Shackleton's Boat Journey, Frank A. Worsley, W. W. Norton, 1977 (paperback)

Shackleton's Boat, The Story of the James Caird, Harding McGregor Dunnett, Neville & Harding Ltd., 1996

Shackleton's Forgotten Men, Leonard Bickel, Thunder's Mouth Press, 2000

Shackleton An Irishman in Antarctica, Jonathan Shackleton and John MacKenna, University of Wisconsin Press, 2002

Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen, Ambition and Tragedy in the Antarctic, David Thomson, Thunder's Mouth Press, 2002

Shackleton's Captain, A Biography of Frank Worsley, John Thomson, Mosaic Press, 1999 (paperback)

Trial by Ice, A Photobiography of Sir Ernest Shackleton, K. M. Kostyal, National Geographic Society, 1999

Shackleton the Antarctic Challenge, Kim Heacox, National Geographic

Shackleton, the Antarctic and Endurance, edited by Jim Pigott, Dulwich College, 2000

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World, Jennifer Armstrong, Crown Publishers, 1998

The Endurance, Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition, Caroline Alexander, Alfred A. Knopf, 1998

Antarctic Eyewitness, Charles Laseron's South with Mawson, Frank Hurley's Shackleton's Argonauts, Angus and Robertson, 2000 (paperback)

Shackleton's Way, Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer, Margot Morell and Stephanie Capparel, Viking Press, 2001

Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition, Caroline Alexander, Harper Collins, 1997

The Worst Journey in the World, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Carroll & Graf, 2002 (paperback)

South with Endurance, The Photographs of Frank Hurley, Simon & Schuster, 2001

Other Adventures in Polar Regions beyond Shackleton

Scott's Last Expedition, Captain Scott's Own Story, Forward by Peter Scott, Dodd, Mead & Co., 1964

Race to the Pole, Tragedy, Heroism, and Scott's Antarctic Quest, Sir Ranulph Feinnes, Hyperion, 2004

Tragedy and Triumph, The Journals of Captain R. F. Scott's Last Polar Expedition, Konecky and Konecky, 1993

Little America, Richard E. Byrd, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1930

Discovery, Richard E. Byrd, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1935

Scout to Explorer, Back with Byrd in the Antarctic, Paul Siple, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1936

With Byrd at the Bottom of the World, Norman D. Vaughan, Stackpole Books, 1990 (signed)

Crossing Antarctica, Will Steger and Jon Bowermaster, Alfred Knopf, 1992 (signed)

North to the Pole, Will Steger with Paul Schurke, Times Books, 1987 (signed)

Polar Frontiers, Norman Lyttle, Parents' Magazine Press, New York, 1972 (signed)

The Loneliest Continent, Walker Chapman, New York Graphic Society, 1964

Nansen, Anna Gertrude Hall, The Viking Press, 1940

The Crossing of Antarctica, Sir Vivian Fuchs and Sir Edmund Hillary, Cassell, 1958

Antarctic Odyssey, in the Footsteps of South Polar Explorers, Graham Collier, Carroll and Graf, 1999

Voyage Through the Antarctic, Richard Adams and Ronald Lockley, Allen Lane Penguin Books, 1982

Wondrous Cold, An Antarctic Journey, Joan Myers, Smithsonian, 2006

The Antarctic Regions, Dr. Karl Fricker, The Macmillan Company, 1900

The South Pole, An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram" 1910-1912 Vols. One and Two, Roald Amundsen, John Murray, 1913

Two Years in the Antarctic, Lieut. A. B. Armitage, Edward Arnold, 1905

Antarctic Adventure, Scott's Northern Party, Raymond E. Priestley, E. P. Dutton, New York 1915. (Inscribed "To Surgeon General G. Bidie 1906 [initialed "From N"] Fridtjof Nansen).

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