By: Maurice Isserman and Stewart Weaver
592 pages, 65 photos, 15 maps
The first successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa teammate Tenzing Norgay is a familiar saga, but less well known are the tales of many other adventurers who also came to test their skills and courage against the world's highest and most dangerous mountains.
This book presents a comprehensive history of Himalayan mountaineering complete with detailed, original accounts of the most significant climbs since the 1890s. The authors also discuss the effects of political and social change on the world of mountaineering, and they offer a penetrating analysis of a culture that once emphasized teamwork and fellowship among climbers, but now has been eclipsed by a scramble for individual fame and glory.
It's difficult to find fault with this exceptionally well-written tome, a must-read for any fan of climbing literature.-Kathleen A. Ervin, Failure -- Kathleen A. Ervin "Failure" (11/04/2008)
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