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Everest : A Mountaineering History Hardcover – February 15, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 3 edition (February 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898866707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898866704
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 2.5 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,344,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is far and away the best book on Everest. -- Charles Warren, Everest 1935, '36, '38

Of the volumes of books written about Mount Everest, none is more definitive than Everest: The Mountaineering History ... this book will leave you satisfied.(Iowa City (IA) Gazette) -- (Iowa City - Gazette)

This is a masterly achievement--a splendid work by a most percipient and able writer. -- John Hunt, Everest 1953

About the Author

Walt Unsworth is a widely published author with titles such as Encyclopedia of Mountaineering and Hold the Heights, as well as many United Kingdom walking guides to his credit. He lives with his wife in England's Lake District.

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Trust me...once you start reading...it is very difficult to put it down.
R. Holford
The descriptions are vivid with sufficient attention to details that paint clear pictures of the events surrounding Everest.
Keith Yearwood
As a big fan of mountaineering literature, I have read many, many climbing books.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Frank J O'Connor on July 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Well-written, comprehensive, shrewd in it appraisals, concise in its descriptions of the manifold climbs, and not afraid to treat the politics, squabbles and jealousies that surrounded so many of the events described. The last few chapters do become monotonous, offering too much of a good things, but the book is superb on the important climbs and climbers: Mallory, Irvine, Hillary, Shipton, Messner, and even outsiders like Maurice Wilson are brought vividly to life. This book will stand as the standard treatment of the pursuit of the Everest Summit. The snowboarders, paragliders and skiers as well as the commercial expeditions have vulgarized it all, but this book brings us back to a time when the sacred and mysterious mountain stood in aloof resistance to a heroic band of special men.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Keith Yearwood on May 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Walt Unsworth has provided an excellent historical text. The descriptions are vivid with sufficient attention to details that paint clear pictures of the events surrounding Everest. The background information about the bureaucratic bunglings of the British is intriguing and Unsworth masterfully builds to the climax of the first triumphant ascent. I have read several books on Everest and this document helps to put so many of the pieces together and give the reader correct perspective.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I love mountaineering and this book was informative detailed and extemely enjoyable to read. Anyone interested about Everest should read it. I particularly liked the part about Goerge Mallory and Irvine.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As a big fan of mountaineering literature, I have read many, many climbing books. This one stands head and shoulders above the rest. Full of copious amounts of factual detail, yet still able to keep a fascinating story moving along. I still keep going back to it months later, just to check facts or to re-read different parts. GREAT BOOK
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read this book a few months ago. Wanted to keep it my possession since it was borrowed from the British library in Pune. Kept going through it again and again. Constantly being thankful to the heroes who have brought out the best qualities in the humanbeings. Brings out in perfect, simple language the might of the nature, the passion and the endurance shown by the mountaineers. Any other day to day mundane activity appears to be so insignificant and futile when we read about difficulties faced by the climbers. I wanted to steal the book to keep in my constant possession. But thought, I should try out the socially acceptable way of possessing something and hence visited this site only to my disappointment!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book I have read on the history of Everest expeditions. I loved it.
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