Shackleton: A legendary leader remembered

In an interview in 2002, Ernest Shackleton's cousin told me that he considered the explorer's great legacy to be “the number of people he has inspired".

23rd July, 2005

In an interview in 2002, Ernest Shackleton's cousin told me that he considered the explorer's great legacy to be “the number of people he has inspired".

I was sceptical. Shackleton, after all, was the polar explorer who never got to the Pole; the heroic failure who risked his life - and those of his men - in a frozen wasteland for no real purpose. He never achieved his goals, and died aged just 47.

I'm not...

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