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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.
I was stuck by the absolute humility of the author. If I were in his shoes, I am afraid you would witness a lot of narcassitic behavior. In fact, I know you would. However, Jim keeps his ego in check and is quick to credit others with his success. I don't buy it for a minute but it was refreshing nevertheless.
If you enjoy adventure types of stories, you will be very happy with this purchase. I know I am.
Michael L. Gooch, Author, Wingtips with Spurs.
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!