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"'Sterling stuff...You can only stand back and gape in admiration'" Sunday Star Time (NZ) "'Unavoidably gripping...gives an excellent sense of the constant risk when climbing at high altitude'" Sunday Telegraph "'One of the most marvellous lives of our time'" Literary Review "'A great read from a writer of remarkable ability'" The Times "'View from the Summit is a memorable read, the tale of a true survivor, who not only overcame the hazards of Everest but put the fame this brought him to remarkable use'" Mail on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The first man to set foot on the summit of Everest, the man who led a team of tractors to the South Pole, the man who jetboated up the Ganges from the ocean to the sky has, for the first time, gathered all the remarkable adventures of a long life into one volume. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743400674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743400671
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Vaughn Davis on May 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
The metaphors are almost irresistable. What does a man do after he reaches his peak? For New Zealand beekeeper and amateur mountaineer (as they all were, then) Sir Edmund Hillary, the answer was to strap on the crampons and find new peaks to conquer.
View from the Summit is an autobiographical look back at a large and heroic life. After sharing the conquest of Everest with Tensing Norgay in 1953, Hillary went on to accomplish many more firsts, any of which would have been enough to crown most people heroes. He travelled by farm tractor to the South Pole (poking the British leader of the Trans Antarctic Expedition seriously in the eye in the process). He led an expedition of New Zealand-designed jet boats up the Ganges. He was the first man to stand at both poles and the summit of Everest.
The achievement that stands out most clearly for Hillary though, is his lifetime of work in the Himalayas, building schools, airfields and hospitals. Using his fame to maximum effect, he travelled widely seeking donations, then returned to the mountains he will be forever associated with to give something back to the people who made his triumph possible.
But all these stories have been already told, and were it to merely retell them, View from the Summit would be little more than an anthology. What makes this book most rewarding is its insights into the man behind the stories. The beekeeper. The RNZAF navigator. The husband and father. In looking back on his epic life, Sir Edmund Hillary shows that mountains, rivers and icecaps are nothing compared to the peaks of human achievement, courage and compassion that he so well embodies.
Why look for heroes at the movies or in cartoons? Read this book and see how an ordinary bloke from New Zealand conquered the world's highest mountain - then went looking for more.
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I deeply enjoyed this memoir. I am not a mountaineer, but I have great respect for those that pursue this adventure. Sir Hillary candidly shares his own strengths and weaknesses that lead to his amazing feats. While I believe his earlier memoir is focused solely on his mountaineering, this one covers his feats in the Himalayas, his adventure in Antarctica, and his philanthropy in his later years.

I found the book fascinating, and Sir Hillary's writing style very engaging. If you are not familiar with certain mountaineering terms, or Nepalize culture, you may need to look up some words that he uses, but I enjoyed broadening my vocabulary as well.
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Sir Edmund Hillary was clearly a remarkable man with his life marked particularly by the first successful ascent of Mt. Everest. The descriptions of the climb to the summit of Everest along with Tenzing Norgay are particularly interesting, especially his discussion of the period immediately flowing the first ascent when immense pressure was brought on Tenzing to say that he had reached the summit first. However, Everest was not the only adventure for Hillary. Other trips to the Himalayas and to other parts of the world are described and give you an idea of Hillary's overall achievements.
The most meaningful parts of the book to me were Hillary's efforts to lead the way in helping the Sherpas by building schools, hospitals, and pipelines. Also, the chapters detailing his upbringing give you a good idea of how far he had come from his early days in a beekeeper's family. The chapter about the plane crash in Nepal that took the lives of his wife and daughter was extremely emotional.
However, the book does have its slow moments. I found the sections about the journey to the South Pole to be tedious and confusing. A good map would have helped. Hillary's writing style is fairly pedestrian, but he does give a number of examples of where he thought he fell short as a person, husband, and father. His extreme confidence in his own abilities shows through during the book.
All in all, the book is certainly worth reading if you are interested in Edmund Hillary or mountain climbing.
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I found this book a pleasant surprise, after having read a few mountaineering adventure books. If you are looking for one, look elsewhere; Hillary climbed Everest, but did not have any major mountaineering accomplishments thereafter. Instead, we see the picture of a simple man, a very likeable and sincere one, with flaws and virtues.
We can see his sneakiness in going for the south pole despite orders not to, we can see his dedication to the people of Nepal, we can see his somewhat estranged relationship with Tenzing and the tensions that arose after Tenzing said he had reached the summit first. The discussion is a futile one, but it seems to put a damper on the relationship.
In this book we also follow his life, not just his great conquests. We see the backstage of the lecture circuit he went through after Everest, then the honors he received and his attempt to maintain some normalcy in his life. Overall, it is a very good life book, and despite it being filled with adventures, we see the character of a person that is much more than simply an adventurer.
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I was given a beautiful first edition book which is signed by the author. The book was so nice that there was no way I could read it. So I downloaded the text for the Kindle and read it on a screen. It was worthwhile. This is a book about the life of Ed Hillary. He was the first man to stand on the summit of Mt. Everest. This was many years ago, before guiding groups and the new equipment. The hike would have been twenty times harder. But he did it. The book begins with his famous journey to the top of the world, but it continues to look at some of his other adventures. He was the first man to drive across Antarctica. He accomplished some highly amazing goals. But most importantly, he really gave back to the culture. He established numerous hospitals and schools in the Nepal region. He was a humanitarian for most of his life. Though, he also had to go through deep pain. He lost one of his children and his wife in a plane crash in the mountains. I really enjoyed this book, and learning more about this man. This is a great read, and a great story.
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