The story of Roald Amundsen's race with Robert Falcon Scott to reach the South Pole has passed into legend, as has the British expedition's tragic failure. This is a newly edited version of Amundsen's own highly readable account of his extraordinary achievement, culminating in the planting of the Norwegian flag at the Pole in December 1911 by 'five weather-beaten, frosbitten fists'. As his story reveals in fascinating detail, Amundsen's triumph was due to careful planning, professionalism and the intelligent use of technology, as well as to imagination, courage and teamwork. An inspirational leader, Amundsen was determined that the credit for the expedition's success should be 'equal divided among us all'. This emphasis on co-operation is evident in all his many achievements in the field of exploration. Amundsen died in 1928 when the airship in which he was serching for a fellow-explorer crasched.
In addition to numerous maps and diagrams, this edition also includes twenty-four pages of photographs taken by numbers of the expedition on their race to the Pole.