From start to finish, this story is finely crafted and beautifully illustrated with photographs. Disaster befell the original expedition, but Shackleton's response to events was probably more impressive than if he had completed the original task. Shackleton was astute and extremely sensitive to the varying personalities and physical and emotional needs of his men. However, the really wrenching part of the story concerns the unbelieveable and almost herculean voyage he and 5 of his men made in a 8 metre boat 800 miles in 17 days in sub freezing temperatures and then to cross South Georgia Island when they were almost beyond the limits of their endurance. It is a book that any serious reader, sailor or adventurer can not put down.