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Tom Crean An Illustrated Life by Michael Smith
  

Tom Crean An Illustrated Life

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Tom Crean An Illustrated Life by Michael Smith

This revised pictorial biography celebrates the life of Tom Crean, a great Irish hero of Antarctic exploration in an age of epics of endurance and survival against the odds. Tom ran away from his Kerry farm at 15 to play an outstanding role in three expeditions with the legendary Shackleton and Captain Scott. His incredible story was largely forgotten until the publication of the best-selling An Unsung Hero in 2000. Only then was the modest, unassuming Irishman given due recognition. The extraordinary highlights of his adventures in the ice were captured in exceptional photographs taken under extreme conditions. Assembled here they present a photographic record of a truly astonishing man, with other rare and previously unseen pictures. These photographs illustrate his early life, the incredible feats in the Antarctic and a peaceful retirement in Kerry. Supported by complementary text, diary extracts and maps plus new information on Tom Crean's life, this is a lasting celebration of a true hero.

Reviews

'A remarkable book about a remarkable man'
Sunday Tribune

'One of the most inspiring books - compulsive reading'
The Irish Times

'Creates a fascinating word picture'
Irish Examiner

'Painstaking research - a gifted storyteller'
Arctic Book Review

'Michael Smith has written a splendid biography'
The Nautical Magazine

'A must for anyone interested in polar exploration'
County Examiner

'Wonderful'
Irish Independent

About the Author

Michael Smith

Michael Smith is an award-winning journalist and the author of a number of bestselling books on spies, special forces and codebreaking including The Sunday Times number one bestseller Station X: The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park; Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews; The Spying Game and Killer Elite: The Inside Story of America’s Most Secret Special Operations Team. He is also the co-editor, with Ralph Erskine, of The Bletchley Park Codebreakers. Smith was a member of the British Army's Intelligence Corps before joining the BBC. He was a reporter and defence correspondent for both the Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times covering the wars in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. Smith is a trustee of Bletchley Park and chair of the Trust’s Historical Advisory Committee. He lives near Henley-on-Thames.

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Book Info

Publication date

10th May 2011

Author

Michael Smith

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Publisher

The Collins Press

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

Biography: general
Geographical discovery & exploration

ISBN

9781848891197

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