The Last Place on Earth (Modern Library Exploration) - Roland Huntford I didn't really know anything about polar travel or the race to the South Pole until I read this book. The lasting impression that I cam away with is that Scott was a monumental idiot who, had he lived, should have been court-martialed and probably shot for his incompetence.This book is extremely well written and gives a lot of background on both Amundsen and Scott, which explains a lot of the reasons for the former's success and the latter's death in Antarctica. It's long, but is a fast read. I highly recommend it.