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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426210167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426210167
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Call of Everest: Helicopter Drop Off
A helicopter drops off injured climbers at Base Camp. (Photo by Max Lowe p. 23)

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The Call of Everest: Khumbu Icefall
The team makes its descent through the Khumbu Icefall. (Photo by Andy Bardon Photography p. 246)

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The Call of Everest: On Summit 1963
National Geographic’s Barry Bishop rests on the summit in 1963. (Photo by Luther G. Jerstad/National Geographic p. 139)

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The Call of Everest: Porters
The 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition included more than 900 porters. (Photo by Barry Bishop/National Geographic p. 161)

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The Call of Everest: Lhotse Ascent
Long lines encumber the ascent of the Lhotse Face. (Photo by Simone Moro p. 174)

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The Call of Everest: Base Camp, Night
All appears to be quiet in this night shot from Base Camp. (Photo by C. Richards Photography p. 237)

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About the Author

CONRAD ANKER is famous for succeeding at death-defying ascents in the Himalaya and Antarctica. In 1999 he discovered George Mallory's body, the legendary British climber who disappeared on Everest.

BERNADETTE MCDONALD is a prizewinning Canadian writer who has authored or contributed to eight books including National Geographic's Voices from the Summit and Extreme Landscape.

MARK JENKINS writes about remote expeditions for National Geographic, Outside, Men's Health, Playboy, and many other magazines. His dispatches from Everest on the legacy climb will form part of this book's narrative.

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Beautiful book with so much history and the photography is amazing!
CMay
I read the Kindle version of the book and enjoyed viewing the photos on an iPad mini.
Weatherbird
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to find out more about Mt.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Robideau TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As a current resident of Nepal, I have been hearing about all the festivities surrounding the 60th anniversary of the Hillary/Norgay expedition. When I saw this recently published book, I jumped at the opportunity to learn a little more about the subject.

At first glance, the book appears to be a coffee-table sort of book. You know, the kind that sits there collecting dust until someone gets bored enough to pull it out and look at the pictures. As such, I was worried about the kindle formatting. What would it look like in digital? Because of the photography, I elected to read this on my Nexus 7 tablet rather than my e-ink kindle. The photos were as spectacular as I expected. I am glad that I read the book on a color screen to get the best photo experience. It was well formatted and there were no issues with tons of extra space as is often the case with improperly formatted photos in books.

The photos were great, but the stories also held up their end of the bargain. Stories of the exploration, expeditions, tragedies kept the pages turning all the way through.

The chapters were as follows:
The Meaning of Everest
The Birth of Everest
The People of Everest
The Nature of Everest
The Climbers of Everest
The Agonies of Everest
One Season of Everest
The Future of Everest

The intro to each chapter has some distracting word-art that repeats the first few sentences of the chapter. I thought that it detracted from the book.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to find out more about Mt. Everest and see some great photos from the area.
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I have an intense interest in Mount Everest, and have spent the past six years or so "collecting" books about the majestic mountain. I think in all, I probably have around 50 books about Everest, including a few of which I own multiple copies. In addition, I own several movies about Everest, including the spectacular IMAX film that was filmed in 1996- the deadliest season on Everest. Having read many a book on the subject of Everest, I feel I have the right to say that this book, The Call of Everest: The History, Science, and Future of the World's Highest Peak, has to be one of the best Everest books I have purchased thus far.

With spectualar photography ranging from photos taken early in Everest's tourism draw to photos taken in 2012, when the author last climbed Everest (also known as Sagarmatha and Chomolunga), this book is visually both beautiful and educational.

The book contains eight chapters and an informative forward, all written by famous and influential Everest alumni and/or experts.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leland Townsend on January 15, 2014
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Visually appealing and a broad range of topics are covered. This is a great book for anyone interested in mountain climbing.
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By CMay on August 13, 2014
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Beautiful book with so much history and the photography is amazing!
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