Kari Herbert

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In Search of the South Pole


In Search of the South Pole is a visual history of a cultural phenomenon, a biography not of Captain Scott but of the South Pole itself. Examining a number of expeditions to Antarctica – alongside Amundsen’s triumph and the tragedy of Scott’s Terra Nova expedition – enables us to discover the Pole as an enduring cultural icon. A century on from these epics of the 'Heroic Age', this book questions the value of Scott's polar achievement and considers why people are still drawn to this bleak and inhospitable blank on the map – a place that remains an international stage for ambition and adventure, dreams and desire.