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Everest: Mountain Without Mercy (Imax) [Paperback]

Broughton Coburn , Tim Cahill
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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28 May 2003 Imax
Since the first successful ascent of Everest 50 years ago, many others have attempted the daunting summit, and many have succeeded. But, though Everest can be climbed, it cannot be conquered. Few know this as well as David Breashears. A filmmaker and veteran climber of the Himalaya, Breashears agreed to lead the May 1996 expedition that would capture Everest in a large-format IMAX(c) motion picture. Even in the best conditions, Breashears knew, Everest is a dangerous challenge--that May, an unexpected blizzard proved how deadly it could be. Shocking the world, the storm claimed the lives of eight climbers, including two of the world' s top expedition leaders.

"Everest is the breathtaking chronicle of a filmmaking expedition turned rescue mission, and of the courage and cooperation of Breashears and his team as they rose to the life or death challenge. A companion to Breashears' s record-grossing large-format film, "Everest features an introduction by "Outside magazine editor-at-large Tim Cahill, an afterword by David Breashears, and 125 stunning, full-color images, including IMAX frames from the film.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Books; New Ed edition (28 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792269845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792269847
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 23 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ULTIMATE COFFEE TABLE BOOK 21 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
My obsession with mountaineering began with "Into Thin Air" by John Krakauer. From there I progressed to "The Climb" by Anatoli Boukeerev. Then came "Eiger, Wall of Death", "K2 Triumph and Tragedy", and I currently have "Everest Diary" on my wish list. "EVEREST: MOUNTAIN WITHOUT MERCY" however, is my proudest posession to date. The awe inspiring photographs and the unbiased viewpoints from the expedition members were refreshing. There is little finger-pointing in this book. While I was well aware of the IMAX team's efforts during the 1996 tragedy, I came to admire them most for the efforts involved in the filming of the movie! I was lucky to be able to attend a lecture given by David Brashears shortly after purchasing this book and the IMAX EVEREST video. He truly is a die-hard filmmaker. The shots in this book (and in the movie) are breathtaking and were obtained at great risk. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is facinated with the stuggles of mountaineering. It combines facts (not blame) of the 1996 expeditions together with some of the most haunting photographs I have ever seen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Primer on Buddhist/Sherpa culture 27 Jan 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
After reading "Into Thin Air," I've been searching out any book or magazine article about the obsession of reaching the top of Everest. After hearing David Breashears on NPR, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Maybe I expected too much. The photography is stunning, and I appreciated the technical info about the logistics of filming at high altitudes. What I did not like was the extreme detail Coburn went into every time anyone waved a juniper branch. Fully 1/3 of the way into the book I was still reading details of every Buddhist god of every rock on the trek. I realize this faith is extremely important to the Sherpas (and also the author) but my enthusiasm for the prayers and rituals did not match Coburn's need to illuminate me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes you right to the Himalayas. 4 Sep 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I don't know where I was in May 1996 that I missed out on this real life story. This book did an excellent job of recapturing the events of that month on Everest. I was transported back as if the events were happening real time. The pictures really took me there (well as close as I'll most likely ever get). I was taken in by the majesty as well as the tragedy of this story and those who lost their lives to Everest and to their insatiable desire to reach the summit. As opposed to Krakauer's book, Into Thin Air (which I read after being so enthralled with this book) I enjoyed this more impartial view and factual account of all the factors surrounding a decision to attempt a summit bid to the top of the world. After reading this book I can understand a person's desire to climb the summit but cement my own desire to climb no higher that 10 or 11,000 feet. I also enjoyed learning about the filming of an IMAX presentation. An excellent and enjoyable read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coffee table it is 11 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
While the other accounts of Everest 1996 focus in on Fischer'sand Hall's teams, this one focus in the the IMAX team. From the looks of it, they were the only moderates on the mountain that season. They positioned themselves for rescue efforts with the Alpine Ascents team. While everyone else was being selfish with supplies and radio's and rescue teams, Brashiers and Viesters were there to give vital oxygen, help climbers from camp 3 and coordinate the helecopter rescue of Weathers and Gao.
While the narration may not be the most riviting part of the book, the full page color pictures are. This was a film making trip for the IMAX crew so the pictures they brought back for this book were increadible. They also published Scott Fischer's pictures of summit day. I noticed one picture where Krackauer is sitting in the snow as many climbers are going up the Hillary step. It really brought to life the sceene from "Into thin Air" where he was wanting everyone to hurry up so he could get to his oxygen on the south summit.
The short stories in the middle of the book make this the ultimate coffee table book. They read like magazine articles. The other books on Everest 1996 can be checked out of a library. This is the one you want to have in your home.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!! 16 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is INCREDIBLE!!! First off, the pictures are so clear, and so beautiful, it gives you an idea of how AWESOME Everest really is! This is the perfect, "put in your collection to show off book." I read the book "Into Thin Air" (another awesome book) and this book should be the "pictures" of that book. GET IT!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Companion to Into Thin Air 10 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I was surprised last night to look up from this book and see that the clock read 4 a.m.! I was enthralled with the story again, the same one told by Krakauer in "Into Thin Air", but found that this book, with it's amazing photography and interesting side-bars, painted a more complete picture--not of the tragedy, but of the Everest experience as a whole. I saw the IMAX movie and was disappointed, not by its content, but more by its short length. This book rounds it out, and satisfied my desire for more time atop Everest....sleep be damned!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, from all angles 10 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book has incredible pictures, and an incredible story. I was deeply taken by the humanity and bravery of the subjects of the book. I cannot wait to see the IMAX movie that they were involved in making. I also read Into Thin Air, which was great also, but told the story from a different angle. Mountain Without Mercy is aptly named, emphasizing the deep respect the local culture has for the mountains and the gods that they believe inhabit them. This book emphasizes how humans are subject to the will of nature, and that not all areas of the world are so easily conquered. I know I will never attempt to summit Everest, but I would love to see the views from Base Camp!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous
This book contains the most fantastic pictures and compelling detail. I have to confess to being hooked on the subject matter. If you are too you won't be disapointed.
Published 14 months ago by Thebrassinator
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
I really like this book, it is full of stuning pictures and interesting information concerning climbing the mountain, incl. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mountain fever.
Yes, that's me, I seem to have come down with mountain fever; not any old mountain, but `the mountain`... Everest. Read more
Published on 8 April 2012 by D. O'Reilly
3.0 out of 5 stars Possibly a bit of overkill as so many books have appeared on this...
I was left just a little disappointed with this book. However, it is probably not the fault of the book. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Everest Epic.
Beautiful photographs help make this a beautiful book to own. I found myself looking through all of them before I even started reading and marvelling at the beauty, majesty and... Read more
Published on 21 May 2010 by Alison Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars Cobbled together from other everest books
This book is very well put together , but unfortunately the tex and photos have been taken from other books about this mountain. So do'nt expect anything new or original
Published on 28 Jan 2009 by James Batchelor
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings it home to you
This book is the definitive guide, on what the people who climb the world's highest mountain, think, and are like as people. Read more
Published on 23 July 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This book is an educational learning tool along with an amazing story. Any person interested in Mt. Everest and the tragic story must add this to their book collection. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A top book-with an objective summary of the events of 1996
I was loaned a copy of this book while staying at a lodge in Dingbouche, Nepal whilst on an Everest Base Camp trek. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 1999
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