Tom Crean was a key figure and colorful member of three of the most famous polar expeditions and has had a glacier and a peak named after him.
·Will appeal to Shackleton buffs and fans of historical explorations
·Great for armchair adventurers who enjoy a ripping good yarn
·Popularity of this subject will stay fueled by media attention to big-budget television mini-series (A&E) and big- screen movie (Columbia Pictures) currently in the works
After this engaging, well-written biography sold more than 18,000 copies in Ireland in its first year, The Mountaineers Books jumped on the U.S. rights for its customers. Tom Crean was with Ernest Shackleton on the famous Endurance trip-and was one of the survivors of that phenomenal tale of, well, endurance. He was also on Robert Scott's two earlier polar explorations and he was key to the survival of his fellow explorers each time out. What is engaging about Crean--and this book--was that he was not unmoved by the hard decisions and hardships he and the rest of the crew faced, nor did he blindly follow orders, but he did what had to be done, and was loyal to his captains and his crewmates in the process.
The story of all three adventures of incredible courage and survival are told in this one 352-page volume.