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The first half of this book is really good. It gives behind-the-scenes insight into the organization of ...
on November 17, 2015
The first half of this book is really good. It gives behind-the-scenes insight into the organization of the 1996 Mountain Madness Everest expedition, and all the preparation and stress that goes into planning such a huge undertaking. It provides additional perspective and insight into the disastrous (and still shocking, all these years later) events of May 10th, 1996. And it acts as a tribute to both the larger-than-life Scott Fischer and the talented climber Anatoli Boukreev, showing their humanity and vulnerability as well as their strengths. I highly recommend the first half of the book.
The second half of the book is, in large part, a diatribe against Jon Krakauer's account of the same disaster in Into Thin Air. Although it's interesting in terms of understanding the disagreement (feud) between Krakauer and Boukreev, I didn't enjoy it. No matter whose account you believe, DeWalt comes across as petty and biased, hence the 3 star rating. Skip the second half.