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Alive Paperback – July 5, 2005
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Theirs is a journey born of tragedy and human endurance. The author unfolds a tale that is gripping in the telling, as enthralling as it is almost unbelievable. It is investigative reporting at its best, because it does not fail to convey the human drama and pathos behind the story of this remarkable struggle for survival high up in the Andes Mountains. Masterfully written, it is a well balanced narrative that takes great pains to ground the experience of the survivors in the context out of which it arose.
The plane had crashed in the Andes Mountains on Argentinian territory. It was an exercise in terror for those on the plane, as it barreled down the mountain, before finally coming to rest in a valley of snow high up in the Andes. Of the forty five persons on board, thirty two had initially survived the crash. Some, however, had sustained serious injuries. Time would not be their friend. Moreover, with little warm clothing (keep in mind that October is springtime in South America), the survivors were exposed to the extreme cold of the night air, high up in the Andes. Though spring, this still meant temperatures well below freezing. Damp, cold, and hungry, amid the anguished cries of the injured, thus began the first of many such nights.
By their tenth day in the Andes, the limited food supplies, which they had rationed with all the care of a miser, had virtually run out. Starving and ravenously hungry, they voiced what they all knew to be true, but had not dared to voice before.Read more ›
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Was expecting original hard cover book. Not the small version I received. Need to give customers a warning of some type that the book they are receiving is not the original size... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
For the most part we all know to some degree the events that took place. Fiction isn't this unbelievable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ShoeGal
A story told without sympathetic or judgemental tones ... I couldn't help but feel like I was with these poor sufferers on the mountain. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rebecca Berto
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I saw a documentary on the event on the history channel and knew I had to read the book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by jon