I am Just Going Outside: Captain Oates, Antarctic Tragedy (BOK)

Michael Smith

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This is the first biography for over 30 years, exhaustively researched from new material including major revelations involving his previously unknown and secret private life, of Lawrence Edward Grace 'Titus' Oates who became a dashing cavalry officer and hero in the Boer War, a successful jockey and who paid GBP 1,000 to join Scott's doomed South Pole expedition, before becoming a national hero for sacrificing himself to save his comrades. There is fresh analysis of his military career, both as hero in the Boer War, where he was denied a VC, and later in Ireland. This book offers a different perspective from the traditional myth of Scott's heroic failure and Oates' suicide. It examines Oates' private life and role of his austere mother who continued to control his memory long after his death, especially by ordering the destruction of his letters and diaries, kept hidden by her, and previously thought to have been destroyed, from her deathbed. It is beautifully illustrated with maps and photographs, many previously unpublished.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Utgitt 2006
Forfatter Michael Smith Forlag
ISBN 9781862273559 Antall sider 316
Dimensjoner 18,9cm x 22,6cm x 2cm Vekt 748 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Emner og form British & Irish history, Biography: historical, political & military, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Geographical discovery & exploration