Two Against The Ice: Amudsen and Ellsworth

Double biographies (not Antarctic exploration). Published 1982 Dodd, Mead Co

On The Ice In Antarctica

Contains a chapter on Antarctic history. Published 1978 Dodd, Mead Co.

The South Pole Ponies.

Relates the role of the ponies that accompanied Scott and Shackleton.There is also a good bit about Capt. Oates - but you would expect that! Published 1979 Dodd, Mead Co. Now out of print but available from I have reprinted their review of this book -

The men of the expedition called them "devils" - those headstrong, mischievous, untrained ponies brought from the top of the world.  The little horses made the lives of their handlers miserable during the initial stages of two attempts on the South Pole, yet endeared themselves so much that the men shared their own precious rations with them.  Each handler could hardly bear it when his pony's turn came to be sacrificed for the good of all.

The names of the men of these expeditions are well-known - Scott, Shackleton, Mawson, Cherry-Garrard, Ponting, Wilson, Bowers, Oates - but few know the names of the ponies, or even that there ever were Manchurian and Siberian ponies in Antarctica.

Through meticulous research, the author brings Nobby, Snatcher, Snippets, Bones, Socks, Chinaman, poor Jimmy Pigg and the other ponies alive again while telling of the two trouble-plagued expeditions to the South Pole.

This edition is being produced in an effort to raise awareness of the need to preserve the four huts in Antarctica used by the British explorers, along with all of the remarkable memorabilia and ice-bound supplies preserved within their frozen walls.  Having endured nearly a century of harsh weather and official government neglect, the scientific headquarters still symbolise the nobler aspects of human nature which took these talented and brave men to Antarctica.  The tiny buildings are now listed as some of the most endangered sites in the world.