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Best Antarctica Books Worth Your Attention

Looking for the best Antarctica books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. Lonely Planet Antarctica (Travel Guide) (2017)

 Best Antarctica Books Worth Your AttentionLonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Get up close and personal with the local penguin populations, cruise the picture-perfect Lemaire Channel, or pay a visit to Ernest Shackleton’s eerily preserved hut, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Antarctica Travel Guide: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of…
Author(s): Lonely Planet, Alexis Averbuck , et al.

2. Antarctica Cruising Guide: Fourth edition: Includes Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Ross Sea (2018)

 Best Antarctica Books Worth Your AttentionNow packed with even more breathtaking color photographs, wildlife descriptions, and detailed area maps, this updated fourth edition of this bestselling Antarctica travel guide includes fascinating, full accounts of interesting places, spectacular landscapes, and local plants and wildlife—from penguins and other seabirds to whales, seals, and myriad mammals. A definitive field guide to Antarctica, this book caters to South Pole visitors traveling by luxury liner, adventure cruise, or private boat. Written by experienced Antarctic scientists and travel guides who are…
Author(s): Peter Carey, Craig Franklin

3. Antarctica: A Guide to the Wildlife (Bradt Travel Guide) (2018)

 Best Antarctica Books Worth Your AttentionUpdated throughout, the 7th edition of Bradt’s Antarctica: a Guide to Wildlife is the most practical guide to the flora and fauna available for those ‘going south’. Celebrating the amazing and often unique species of this spectacular environment, the title features chapters on the region’s famous whales and penguins, and also on lesser known species such as skuas and sheathbills, with full coverage of plumage and identification. Each chapter is accompanied by vibrant illustrations from Dafila Scott to help bring species to life. Tony Soper’s immaculate and engaging text remains the indispensible choice for the intrepid wildlife…
Author(s): Tony Soper, Dafila Scott

4. Antarctica’s Hidden History: Corporate Foundations of Secret Space Programs (Secret Space Programs Series) (2018)

 Best Antarctica Books Worth Your AttentionAntarctica is a land about to be exposed over its well-guarded secrets and ancient hidden mysteries … In 1955, as a result of a secret agreement reached between the Eisenhower Administration and a German breakaway group in Antarctica, a transnational corporate space program began to emerge. The secret infusion of personnel and resources from US military contractors into Antarctica allowed this transnational corporate program to steadily grow into a major space power, which would eventually surpass and eclipse the secret space programs run by the US Navy, Air Force, and the classified space…
Author(s): Michael Salla

5. Antarctica (Rookie Read-About Geography: Continents) (2012)

 Best Antarctica Books Worth Your AttentionRookie Read-About: Continents series gives the youngest reader (Ages 3-6) an introduction to the components that make each continent distinctive and exceptional. Readers will get to know each continents’ geography, history, and wildlife….
Author(s): Rebecca Hirsch

6. Antarctica (A True Book: Geography: Continents) (2009)

 Best Antarctica Books Worth Your AttentionA True Book: Geography series dives into the many components that make each continent distinctive and exceptional. Readers will get to know each continents’ geography, history, wildlife and future outlook. This series includes an age appropriate (grades 3-5) introduction to curriculum-relevant subjects and a robust resource section that encourages independent study….
Author(s): Mel Friedman

7. Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land (MacSci) (2014)

 Best Antarctica Books Worth Your AttentionFew of us will ever get to Antarctica. The bitter cold and three months a year without sunlight makes the sixth continent virtually uninhabitable for humans. Yet marine biologist James B. McClintock has spent three decades studying the frozen land in order to understand better the world that lies beneath it. In this luminous and closely observed account, one of the world’s leading experts on Antarctica introduces the reader to this fascinating world―the extraordinary wildlife that persists despite the harsh conditions and the way each of the pieces fit into the puzzle of the intricate…
Author(s): James McClintock

8. Antarctic Wildlife: A Visitor’s Guide (Princeton University Press (Wildguides)) (2011)

 Best Antarctica Books Worth Your AttentionAntarctic Wildlife is the definitive identification guide to the birds and marine mammals of the Antarctic Peninsula, Drake Passage, and Beagle Channel. This easy-to-use photographic field guide enables visitors to this unique region of the world–newcomer and seasoned traveler alike–to identify with confidence the penguins, whales, seals, seabirds, and other stunning wildlife they encounter on their journey. Full-color photographs show typical views of each species of bird or marine mammal, together with the terrestrial plants likely to be seen. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, give tips…
Author(s): James Lowen

9. Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica (1999)

 Best Antarctica Books Worth Your AttentionIt is the coldest, windiest, driest place on earth, an icy desert of unearthly beauty and stubborn impenetrability. For centuries, Antarctica has captured the imagination of our greatest scientists and explorers, lingering in the spirit long after their return. Shackleton called it "the last great journey"; for Apsley Cherry-Garrard it was the worst journey in the world. This is a book about the call of the wild and the response of the spirit to a country that exists perhaps most vividly in the mind. Sara Wheeler spent seven months in Antarctica, living with its scientists…
Author(s): Sara Wheeler

10. The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica (2019)

 Best Antarctica Books Worth Your AttentionIt was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet’s final frontier? Everyone wanted in on the adventure. Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to be taken along as mess boys, and newspapers across the globe covered the planning’s every stage. And then, the night before the expedition’s flagship set off, Billy Gawronski—a mischievous, first-generation New York City high schooler, desperate to escape a dreary future in…
Author(s): Laurie Gwen Shapiro

11. Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 (2006)

 Best Antarctica Books Worth Your AttentionThe wind and snow blow so hard, you can’t see your hand in front of your face. Your heating fuel is nearly gone, and so is your food. How do you survive? Five fourteen–year–olds face this desperate situation on a deadly journey in Antarctica. It is 2083. They are contes–tants on a reality TV show, Antarctic Survivor, which is set up to re–create Robert F. Scott’s 1912 doomed attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. But in 2083 reality TV is not just an act. Contestants literally relive – or die during –…
Author(s): Andrea White

12. Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica. (2001)

 Best Antarctica Books Worth Your AttentionSouth America, though home to about one-third of the world’s bird species and twice as many endemic families of birds as any other continent, has the world’s sparsest population of birdwatchers. Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica illustrates and describes all the known species–more than 1,000 of them–in a vast swath of this underexplored birder’s paradise, from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, southern Brazil, and Uruguay to parts of Antarctica. Just some of the birds it covers are teals, tinamous, chachalacas, conebills, cuckoos, macaws, parakeets, parrots, penguins, nightjars, hummingbirds, ovenbirds,…
Author(s): de la Peña, Martin R., Maurice Rumboll, et al.

13. Hess and the Penguins: The Holocaust, Antarctica and the Strange Case of Rudolf Hess (2017)

 Best Antarctica Books Worth Your AttentionPursuing his investigations of WWII machinations, secret international agreements, breakaway civilizations and hidden wars in Antarctica, author and researcher Joseph P. Farrell examines the continuing mystery of Rudolf Hess, his sudden flight to Scotland, his supposed imprisonment at Spandau Prison in Berlin and how his flight affected affairs in Europe, Israel, Antarctica and elsewhere. Farrell looks at Hess’ mission to make peace with Britain and get rid of Hitler–even a plot to fly Hitler to Britain for capture! How much did Gáöring and Hitler know of Rudolf Hess’ subversive plot, and what…
Author(s): Joseph P. Farrell

14. Where Is Antarctica? (2019)

 Best Antarctica Books Worth Your AttentionAntarctica, the earth’s southernmost continent, was virtually untouched by humans until the nineteenth century. Many famous explorers journeyed (and often died) there in the hope of discovering a land that always seemed out of reach. This book introduces readers to this desert–yes, desert!–continent that holds about 90 percent of the world’s ice; showcases some of the 200 species that call Antarctica home, including the emperor penguin; and discusses environmental dangers to the continent, underscoring how what happens to Antarctica affects the entire world….
Author(s): Sarah Fabiny, Who HQ, et al.

15. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage (2015)

 Best Antarctica Books Worth Your AttentionIn August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day’s sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic’s heaviest seas to the closest outpost of…
Author(s): Alfred Lansing, Nathaniel Philbrick

Best Antarctica Books Worth Your Attention

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Antarctica’s Hidden History: Corporate Foundations of Secret Space Programs

Author(s): Michael Salla
ID: 2230921, Publisher: Exopolitics Consultants, Year: March 25, 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Engineering and Communications in Antarctica: Enabling Technologies in Antarctica

Author(s): Neloy Khare
ID: 2884046, Publisher: Springer Singapore;Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 10 Mb, Format: pdf

Land of Wondrous Cold: The Race to Discover Antarctica and Unlock the Secrets of Its Ice

Author(s): Gillen D'Arcy Wood
ID: 2492846, Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2020, Size: 25 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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