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Because it's There: The Life of George Mallory (100 Greats S.) [Hardcover]

John Mallory , Dudley Green
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1 Jun 2005 100 Greats S.
An enigmatic character to the last, the life, or to be more specific the death of George Mallory contains one of the greatest mysteries of the twentieth century. According to the record books, the greatest mountain on Earth was finally conquered by Sir Edmund Hilary in 1958. However, there remains the enigma of the attempt by the mercurial Mallory and his assistant Andrew Irvine over three decades earlier from the other side of Everest. After a prolonged absence and adverse weather conditions it was assumed that the climbers had perished during the attempt. Recently however Mallory's body was discovered on the North side of the summit, a mere 2,000 feet from the top, opening speculation as to whether they died on the way up or the way down (the search goes on for the camera - in the freezing conditions the film would not have perished; if the summit was reached, a picture would surely have been taken?). The puzzle as to whether Mallory was the first man to conquer Everest is brilliantly presented for the first time in a book of this kind since the discovery of the body. Containing many images of both Mallory and Everest that have not been featured in a mainstream title before, this will be a significant contribution to what is an evocative theme.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tempus Publishing; 1st edition (1 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752433997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752433998
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,274,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Widely regarded as one of the main authorities on the subject, Dudley Green is an experienced writer with several publications to his name. He also has an extensive photograph archive of the climber. Green is a retired school teacher and lives in Lancashire.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mallory and his mountain 26 Feb 2006
This is significant as the first biography of Mallory to be written since the discovery of his body 2,000 feet from the top.
It is also an unusual and excellent biography because unlike many modern biographies it does not seek to diminish the achievements of the subject or to expose interesting but peripheral skeletons. Thus you will search in vain for example for any suggestion that Mallory had homosexual experiences. This biography does not duck the issue but just ignores it and focuses on what Mallory would have seen as the important parts of his life, his friends, his family and his formidable public achievements.
This is why the book whilst not exactly endorsed by the Mallory family seems to carry their approval thus John Mallory writes a moving foreword to the book and in many ways a warning to the intrepid and the brave when he writes
“My great sadness is that I never really knew my father. Yes, I know much about him, but that is not the same.
I hope future generations of mountaineers will learn the importance of being sure to keep an ample reserve of time and energy for a safe descent from whatever mountain they may be climbing.”
The book contains many images of both Mallory and Everest that have not been featured in a mainstream title before. It is an excellent book for those who want to focus on the man and his mountain rather than the emotional cul de sacs that Mallory wandered down in his youth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting biography 18 Jan 2008
"Because it's there" is a well-written and matter-of-fact biography of George Mallory. There is a minimum of speculation and sensationalism either of Mallory's private life or the question of whether Mallory and/or Irvine reached the summit of Everest in 1924.

Instead, there is a well-written account of Mallory's life and what mattered to him. A particular feature of this book that I enjoyed is that the author often lets Mallory or his contempories speak for himself/themselves. Through this often beautiful prose, one is reminded what sort of human beings Mallory and his ilk were: driven, yes, but also cultured and gentlemen to the last. I was particularly touched by the idea of Mallory reading poetry in the tents in one of the camps while the blizzards raged outside and the 1924 expedition seemed doomed to turn back in the early stages.

The photographs that accompany the text are fascinating: the early photos particularly but also the photo of Mallory's son, daughter-in-law and grandson in 1995: and yes, George Mallory (grandson) did make it to the summit of Everest and back.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Because it's There 5 Aug 2010
A book by Jeffrey Archer (Paths of Glory) got me completely hooked on the life of George Mallory and the reasons behind his obsession with Everest. Because It's There charts his early life and his early climbs prior to his trips to Everest. The book is perhaps a bit on the factual side but still interesting reading if you really want to know more about George Mallory.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Factual Account 12 Nov 2007
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For anyone looking for a good read on Mallory, this book will rate as average. It didn't suck me in with anything not already written; it covers all the facts in a straightforward manner but best of all were the photos included inside.
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