By 1931, despite many attempts, no one had crossed Antarctica. Its vast interior remained a mystery frozen in time. Hoping to write his name into the history books, eccentric American explorer Lincoln Ellsworth decided he would cross the continent and win the last great prize in polar exploration.
The wealthy Ellsworth hired a seasoned crew, bought a revolutionary new plane, equipped a sturdy ship, then sailed south on a quest for glory. The remarkable story that followed has never been told. Against the backdrop of the Great Depression the expedition became a five-year epic, as Ellsworth got hopelessly lost, his ship was repeatedly trapped in the ice, pilots refused to fly and competitors plotted to beat him. All while Ellsworth struggled to orchestrate his rise to immortality.
After years of research author Jeff Maynard has discovered the lost records and films of the Ellsworth Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Using unpublished diaries, interviews and personal accounts, he reveals the forgotten story of one of the strangest episodes in polar history: the first crossing of Antarctica.
Jeff Maynard is an Australian author and documentary maker. His books include Niagara's Gold, Divers in Time and The Letterbox War of Kamarooka Street.Jeff has written widely for television and contributed articles to magazines around the world. He is a former editor of Australian Motorcycle News and retains an interest in classic motorcycles. He is a keen scuba diver and a former field-editor for Australasian Scuba Diver. He is President of the Historical Diving Society: South East Asia, Pacific and a Member of the Explorers Club.
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