Frank Worsley (1931)
In 1914, Ernest Shackleton attempted to be the first man to cross Antarctica. He and his crew never made it to their destination–their ship, The Endurance, was trapped, then crushed and swallowed up by the unforgiving pack ice that surrounds the frozen continent. Nevertheless, Shackleton was hailed as a hero when he and five others successfully navigated a 20-foot lifeboat over 800 miles of dangerous sea to reach the nearest port, then returned to save his remaining men, stranded in the subzero wilderness. This riveting account of the amazing two-year ordeal is told by the captain of the doomed ship and makes for exciting true-life adventure reading.