An engrossing and superbly researched book. This culminates in the deaths of George Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine high on the mountain, last seen only a few hundred feet below the summit and pushing for the top. Debate has ra ged every since as to whether or not the pair summitted the mountain but one thing is sure, they did not return.
Please select a reason - Select - There's a spelling mistake It's incorrect It needs updating It's hard to understand There's a broken link Other. William Boyd Dawkins. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I. He was a brilliant but arguably reckless climber, personally responsible for seven Sherpa deaths in , while making a run at the summit against all prudent advice. At the same time those men were born to the possession of national greatness.
This book is so much more than a book on mountaineering, it is a group biography of the men involved, a study of World War 1 and it's psychological impact, a study of the age of exploration and imperial decline. A96 H E-mail: libraries dlrcoco.
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Reserve The Book. Thank you! In this ambitious study, Davis eventually arrives at the first expedition of , sponsored by the Royal Geographical Society but delayed by the war, which had traumatized and practically eliminated an entire generation of young people in England and Europe.
WINNER OF THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE A monumental work of history, biography and adventure - the First World War, Mallory and Mount Everest 'The price of life is death' For Mallory, as for all of his generation, death was but 'a frail barrier. A magnificent new account puts the British assaults on Everest in the s in the context of imperialism and the aftermath of the first world war.
The reconnaissance mission was followed by two others shortly after, organized again by the Alpine Club. The expedition of was filmed by John Noel and employed oxygen for the first time, controversially; it ended with the highest climb by George Finch but the death of seven Tibetan assistants in an avalanche.
Davis explores every facet of these single-minded expeditions and the deeply committed, bold, hubristic men who made it possible.
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Email Address. More detail-bludgeoning than riveting tale of mettle against mountain. Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug.