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A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond Paperback – September 1, 2000
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A great upbeat autobiography. [Whittaker] has a winning style, an easy approach, and reading his story is an act of joy. -- Carolyn Spector, KLCC, Eugene, OR
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Wow... I just finished reading a really good book, a book that has brought together and solidified a lot of the things I've been thinking about the past few weeks. The name of the book was "Life on the Edge" by Jim Whittaker, the first american to reach the summit of Everest. When Chris and I went to the bookstore for our weekly visit, I was looking for an true-life adventure book, but I also wanted something that had a sense of "living" to it as well. I read "Into Thin Air" and it was like a drama novel, seeming almost like fiction. "Life on the Edge" hits much closer to home, describing the realities of a life well lived.
This is a great book to read and enjoy. With the sudden re-surgence of interest in Mount Everest, this is not a book to be missed. Especially when it is written by the first American to summit Everest. A great book to include in any autobiography library!
The writing is considerably less melodramatic than a great number of climbing/travel logs, which is refreshing. Straightforward and clear, even when discussing the inevitable loss of life involved in mountaineering.
A memorable quote follows: "It's about making the most of every moment, about stretching your own boundaries, about being willing to learn constantly, and putting your self in situations where learning is possible - sometimes even critical to your survival. Being out on the edge, with every-thing at risk, is where you learn-and grow-the most.
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Very captivating, couldn't put it down once I started. Much more than mountaineering, but on how a man of simple upbringing lived a life full of adventure.Published 18 months ago by Mainiac
Wow! What an interesting life. Jim is a true hero in every sense of the word. The writing was first rate and found I was to "virtually' travel with him through his life's... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Michael L. Gooch
This book is hard to find; neither the library or the second hand bookstore had it. It was a great price and of course, easy to get. Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by grandma
As I am a long time member of REI found the book on Jim's life very interesting. I have read many books on mountain climbing.Published on August 27, 2013 by Russell G.Matthews
This was a great and eye opening book, the kind I should have read in my 20s, but probably wouldn't have even if I had the chance. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by Sid Deeky
This is one of the best memoirs or autobiographers written by a one of the best mountaineers. In it, Jim Whittaker not only portrays his exploits of of Everest as the first... Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Beck
This book actually had a lot more surprises for me than I expected, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm pleased to add it to my mountaineering library. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Climr8
Jim Whittaker's book is a wonderful read about the adventurous life of a gentleman of high moral values that include the love of nature and his fellow man. Read morePublished on June 25, 2010 by Paul C. Quistgard
We usually cautiously enter a memoir/autobiography work such as this. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find a decent writing style, excitingly detailed stories, and a... Read morePublished on October 3, 2006 by K. C. Huseonica