Celebrating the publication this week (UK) of Race for the South Pole: The Expedition Diaries of Scott and Amundsen, John Crace has written a great piece on the 'Scott myth' and Roland Huntford's work in this new book and previous publications to dispel Scott's 'hero' reputation.
As Crace says, Huntford 'breaks new ground by letting both men live and die side by side in their own words' - Race for the South Pole runs Scott and Amundsens' (plus his colleague Olav Bjaaland's) unedited diaries together chronologically. So you can see for yourself the direct comparison between the two expeditions - 'on days when Scott is tent-bound in a blizzard, Amundsen is again achieving his expected daily distance, because he has brought proper sledge compasses'.
The Times also reviewed the book on Saturday, similarly appreciative: 'Crucially, [Huntford] reads Norwegian, and the translations are his own. Decades of experience allow him to dilate on the idiosyncrasies of fur in the polar environment; on the workings of the anemometers and on the 'meridian sight method of finding latitude' ... This work is brilliant, and well executed.'
Huntford has provided commentary throughout the book, which is also packed full of illustrations. You can preview the full contents, a big proportion of the Introduction and the Index online.