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.
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