Staff Pick: White Darkness
While White Darkness might be a short book, it remains a fascinating account of Antarctic exploration. Grann details the fabled Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated voyage on his ship the Endurance of 1914. That ship was crushed by ice on his expedition and he and his crew were forced to abandon it. Thus began their tortuous journey from Antarctica to eventual safety on South Georgia Island. All ended well for the crew, but it is a harrowing tale. Skipping decades ahead, Gann then recounts the 2008 and 2015 expeditions of Henry Worsley. He was a descendent of a member of Shackleton’s crew, Frank Worsley. Grann is such a terrific writer that White Darkness transports the reader to the rigors, dangers, scenic glories and sheer difficulties encountered on journeys across Antarctica. Additionally, the photographs in this book are terrific and add tremendously to the joys of reading White Darkness.
– Roy B.