This was an incredible story! The full title of the book: The Endurance:Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition. Like the Lincoln book, it’s a story of tremendous leadership. Also similar to that book, it starts out really slow.
But, this really is a great adventure and story of hardship. It was a totally different time than we live in now and the stuff that these guys went through is incredible. When you read this story you will understand the depth of Shackleton’s leadership genius. These guys should have been dead, or at least should have been losing their minds, but they didn’t. I really want to tell you what happens, but you have to read the book
Some of my favorite quotes about Shackleton from the book:
“He would be remembered not so much for his own accomplishment- the 1909 expedition that attained the farthest South- as for what he was capable of drawing out of others.”
“At the core of Shackleton’s gift for leadership in crisis was an adamantine conviction that quite ordinary individuals were capable of heroic feats if the circumstances required; the weak and the strong could and must survive together.”
“The mystique that Shackleton acquired as a leader may partly be attributed to the fact that he elicited from his men strength and endurance they had never imagined they possessed; he ennobled them.”
I really like that last one. I need to figure out how to ennoble people; cause that sounds like something worth being remembered for.