The White Darkness

The White Darkness

By the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon , a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic, lavishly illustrated with color photographs Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life ido By the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon , a powerful t...

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Title:The White Darkness
Author:David Grann
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:038554457X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:160 pages pages

The White Darkness Reviews

  • Trevor
    Jul 31, 2018
    David Grann has been one of my favorite New Yorker reporters for years, ever since I read his "Trial by Fire," a fascinating look at a case of arson, written with fantastic verve and twists and turns. I've since enjoyed almost everything he's done, especially the stories on men's obses...
  • Kelly
    Nov 03, 2018
    Spoilers ahead, and full disclosure in light of Antarctic exploration: I?m a quarter Norwegian. After 100 years, the British have evidently haven?t learned as much about polar exploration as they should have. The will to succeed and persevere will not always work against nature,...
  • Richard
    Dec 02, 2018
    An elegant little book, written in exceptional journalistic prose, and studded with fantastic photos of Shackleton's Antarctic expedition, as well as the expedition taken up to complete the original trek. Frank Worsley recruits two other survivors' relatives to join him, and the three ...
  • Sonya
    Nov 04, 2018
    Better suited for a long New Yorker profile than a standalone book. Not entirely satisfying. I didn?t get a feel for the explorer and I the audible narration is mismatched to the topic. (Update: If I were more up to snuff on all the pieces in a pile of New Yorker magazines that are c...
  • Tony
    Nov 07, 2018
    THE WHITE DARKNESS. (2018). David Grann. ****. This short book tells the story of Henry Worsley and his obsession with Ernest Shackelton, the earlier polar explorer who became famous for his achievement in being the first person to reach the South Pole. He also attempted to cross Ant...
  • Melanie
    Nov 27, 2018
    This is a fast and fascinating read about Henry Worsley and his expeditions to Antarctica. I am a David Grann fan and he doesn't disappoint in telling Henry's story. The book is beautiful and has stunning photographs. I'll never know what possesses certain people to go and conquer the ...
  • Chris
    Jul 21, 2018
    Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley You might not recognize Henry Worsley?s name, but you mostly likely have heard the story. At the end of 2015-the beginning of 2016, he attempted to cross Antarctica alone, but sicken, was airlifted, and, sadly, died while doctors while trying to save...
  • KWinks
    Nov 15, 2018
    Excellent one sitting read about a modern day polar explorer and his calling. Accompanied by fantastic photographs, Worsley's story is engrossing. I was a little chilly the entire time I read it, but loved every second of it. Perfect for a winter evening's read by the fire. ...
  • Nicola Mansfield
    Apr 28, 2018
    This review covers the essay found in Feb 12/19 of "The New yorker" I don't usually review essays but David Grann is an author whose books I'll always read. This is a marvellous look at the life story of Henry Worsley, a descendant of one of the members of Ernest Shackleton's crew. ...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    Nov 11, 2018
    The day before I read the book dry, this book was the contrast I was seeking. Knowing nothing of the outcome I was awestruck by his endeavors, but the mood shifted and I prayed the tonal difference I felt was wrong... alas, tears were dripping down my cheeks at the close. I am truly aw...
  • Lisa B.
    Nov 20, 2018
    Henry Worsley felt such a connection with his hero Ernest Shackleton that he felt compelled to replicate Shackleton's expeditions. Or maybe obsessed would be a better word. While he was successful in his attempt to reach the South Pole, it was his last outing to walk across Antarctica ...
  • Karen
    Nov 03, 2018
    A riveting true story of Henry Worsley, a born leader and man obsessed with exploring the challenging, breathtakingly beautiful terrain of Antarctica, following in the footsteps of his idol Ernest Shackleton. I immediately became immersed in this remarkable story. Worsley?s note...
  • Lou
    Oct 28, 2018
    Within the pages of The White Darkness you will find a true narrative of Henry Worsley, a man in possession of grit, fortitude, and never giving up. All clearly layered out by a writer that does these tellings of lives, complexities, and struggles, so well. He defines Henry Worsley?...
  • Diane S ☔
    Nov 21, 2018
    3.5 I have such a fascination with books set in places that are excessively cold and snow laden. Not sure why that is, especially since I don't really want to live in these places, and due to health reasons will probably never even get to visit. I also find intriguing people who do dan...
  • Karenbike Patterson
    Nov 27, 2018
    I've always loved books about explorers. I get why people call them crazy and obsessed. Henry Worsley is a fine example. His hero/mentor was Shakelton. He studied him extensively then then set up an expedition with two others to follow Shakelton's route and make it beyond where he stop...
  • Krista
    Sep 20, 2018
    I reckon I lost about three miles' distance today from snaking around, head permanently bowed to read the compass, just my shuffling skis to look at for nine hours. Anyway, I'm back on track and now happy I can part a straight line, even through another day of the white darkness. ~ ...
  • L.A. Starks
    Nov 08, 2018
    This gem of a book details the Antarctic expeditions of Harry Worsley, who modeled himself on the leadership of explorer Ernest Shackleton. While the book is small at 146 pages, it is perfect as a gift for inspiration and/or admiration. ...
  • Heather Fineisen
    Aug 29, 2018
    This story about Henry Worsley and his quest to follow Shackleton' s footsteps to the Antarctica covers two expeditions, the second solo. Biographical information is solid and you want Worsley to succeed. Those interested in Shackleton will be intrigued. Copy provided by the Publish...
  • Steve
    Nov 06, 2018
    You can probably deduce this from the length, but don't expect the immersive depth of "Lost City of Z" or the deeply investigated intensity of "Killers of the Flower Moon." This book is basically a glorified New Yorker story with lots of beautiful pictures, written by one o the best no...
  • Allen Adams
    Nov 01, 2018
    https://www.themaineedge.com/adventur... We have always sought to explore the unknown. There have always been men who want to be the first to be somewhere, the first to do something. The spirit of adventure runs strong with some ? too strong to ignore and so strong as to lead to t...
  • Carolyn
    Nov 14, 2018
    An exquisite reading experience. A short book with semi-glossy pages (very tactile and just nice to turn the pages), photos in all the right places to complement the story, and the telling of a story about Antarctic explorers - Shackleton (early 1900s) and Worsley (2000s). I read this ...
  • Shannon
    Oct 14, 2018
    A good, short little read where descendants of polar explorers decide to recreate their ancestors' trips. The premise is great but the book is very short, leaving out much of the detail about hazardous exploration that makes it so much fun to read about. This is more of an article than...
  • Kmalbie
    Nov 11, 2018
    This is a quick, inspirational Christmas morning read for both young and old! I loved this book. I'm old and need to be reminded these days of true leaders and adventurers. One of the best parts of this book, besides the flat out courage and commitment of these explorers, were the insp...
  • Faith
    Nov 12, 2018
    Nothing about Ernest Shackleton's story would make me want to replicate his expedition crossing Antarctica, but Henry Worsley wanted to do just that, but alone. He wasn't deterred by the fact that Shackleton's journey was an epic failure. I guess "adventurer" is just another word for "...
  • Nancy
    Aug 27, 2018
    My obsession with Antarctic explorers began when I was eleven and read The Great White South by Herbert Ponting, the photographer on the 1911 Scott expedition. As a girl, I held a heroic idealization of Scott and his men freezing in their hut. It seemed all so heroic, then. Later readi...
  • Somayeh Pourtalari
    Jul 31, 2018
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  • Tucker
    Oct 28, 2018
    3.5 stars ...
  • Lauren Watts
    Sep 23, 2018
    The White Darkness follows Henry Worsley on his two (!!!) treks through Antarctica to follow in the footsteps of his hero, Ernest Shakleton. I learned a lot about the continent and about how grueling it is to even spend a day there, let alone months at a time. Worsley is brave, driven,...
  • Jen
    Nov 20, 2018
    In typical David Grann fashion he delivers an extraordinary tale that reads like fiction while stilll capturing the true spirit of the story he is telling. It is an unbelievably quick read accompanied by color photographs that assist in taking you on a journey across the Antarctic alon...
  • Kelly
    Nov 08, 2018
    Read this book in a couple of hours. Yes, it is a short book, but also impossible to put down. Great story and very well written. Left me wanting more. ...