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...
  • Jim
    Mar 16, 2019
    Some people simply become obsessed with endeavors that are nearly impossible, and give up everything to attempt them. Like climbing Everest or sailing alone around the world. In this case a man obsessed with Shackleton and Antarctica decides he will attempt a solo transverse across the...
  • Brent
    Feb 05, 2019
    What a wonderful little book, expanding a New Yorker profile with fine photographs. Highly recommended. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cheryl
    Apr 22, 2019
    Henry Worsley was a British special forces officer who was obsessed with the Antarctic expeditions of Ernest Shackleton. From childhood, Henry had read everything he could find about Shackleton and his expeditions. And then he learned that he was a descendant of one of Shackleton?s c...
  • Steve
    Apr 26, 2019
    An unusual, but very nicely done, little book ... arguably a must read for Shackleton/Endurance aficionados ... or folks who enjoy epic quest (which sometimes becomes disaster) literature, stories, and biographies. I saw this on the new book shelf in my public library, and, to the e...
  • Kari Ann Sweeney
    Jan 04, 2019
    "Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill. ????????? I picked up this short book (2 1/2 hrs. on audio) after hearing about it on the What Should I Read Next podcast with Anne Bogel and Ann Kingman. I am...
  • Helen Dunn
    Jan 04, 2019
    This is a rather short book detailing the polar expeditions of Henry Worsley and it?s filled with stunning photographs of Antarctica from Worsley?s trips and historical photos from Shackleton?s expeditions in the early 1900s. If you like adventure, nature and endurance sport...
  • 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...
  • Julie
    Feb 24, 2019
    A moving account of the expeditions of a true hero, a man of integrity with an extraordinary spirit. I listened spellbound. Sublime narration by one of my favorites, Will Patton. 2/28/19: The hardcover book came in on hold for me at the Library yesterday and added another dimension to...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Apr 01, 2019
    ?For scientific leadership, give me Scott; for swift and efficient travel, Amundsen; but when you are in a hopeless situation, when there seems to be no way out, get on your knees and pray for Shackleton.? Every time I see this photograph of Shackleton?s ship, the Endurance...
  • Jenna
    Mar 18, 2019
    For the life of me, I will never understand those people who are inclined to attempt what's never been done before, even if it means putting their lives in danger. Well, I could understand if it was something fun. But something like trekking 1,000+ miles across the brutal continent of ...
  • 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...
  • 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. ~ ...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Dec 25, 2018
    3.75 stars There is not a thing that I have read by this author that I did not like. Grann tells it like it is, leaving you to decide whether you like the story or not. But always non-fiction and compelling. He is diverse in his projects, from the Amazon to Kitty Hawk to the Osage I...
  • 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...
  • KC
    Dec 21, 2018
    Nineteenth century explorer Ernest Shackelton was unsuccessful in reaching the south pole but was still hailed a hero for returning with his entire crew. Former decorated British special forces officer, Henry Wosley had a life long obsession with Shackelton and made it his life's missi...
  • 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 "...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    Dec 31, 2018
    I love this little article-expanded-into-a-book idea - even more so when a writer as fine as David Grann is behind it. This portrait of Henry Worsley and the Antarctic obsession is brilliant, perfectly told and researched, and it never overstays its welcome. Some of the pictures feel l...
  • 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...
  • J.K. Grice
    Jan 28, 2019
    THE WHITE DARKNESS is another absolute winner from author David Grann. The photos in this book are fabulous, and really add to the richness and history of Antarctica exploration. British special forces soldier Henry Worsley was much like a modern day Ernest Shackleton, who also happene...