The exploits of Ernest Shackleton and the dramatic fate of his ship Endurance have become familiar: this book tells the story of another ship, Nimrod, which set out on the last leg of its journey to Antarctica on New Year's Day, 1908, carrying Shackleton's grandly entitled British Antarctic Expedition. Riffenburgh tells the full story of Shackleton's first bid to reach the South Pole: an epic and dangerous adventure that achieved remarkable scientific results and a knighthood for its leader.
Pinkerton's Great Detective
The Amazing Life and Times of James McParland
Created in 1850, Pinkerton's National Detective Agency used operatives renowned for their skills of subterfuge, infiltration and investigation – and none more so than James McParland, who even featured in a Sherlock Holmes story. This detailed but very readable biography from the author of Nimrod charts the famous cases of this real-life super-sleuth, including his infiltration of the Molly Maguires and his hunt for the Wild Bunch, and sheds new light on Pinkerton's cloak-and-dagger methods.