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Everest: The Mountaineering History [Hardcover]

Walt Unsworth
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17 April 2000
This complete history tells the truth about many of those who have attempted to climb to the roof of the world.
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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Baton Wicks Publications; 3rd Revised edition edition (17 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898573409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898573401
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,102,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Beginning with the early exploration in and around the mountain, Walt Unsworth provides a detailed and fascinating account of all the attempts on the peak until its eventual first ascent, then continues with further accounts of the major milestone ascents and accomplishments that followed, right up to the present: the final main chapter deals with the start of the 1999 season and the discovery of Mallory's body.
The Appendices to the book have been expanded, though the list of ascentionists (and fatalities) only takes us up to 1989. However, the wealth of information makes fascinating reading nevertheless, with Audrey Salkeld giving her encyclopeadic contribution as usual!
Written in a refreshing, non-technical style, the armchair mountaineer will reap as much enjoyment from the wealth of detail and drama that unfolds, as will the modern-day climber who has an interest in the history of Chomolungma, the 'Goddess Mother of the World'.
I first read this book more than 15 years ago when I borrowed it from the local library, having just begun a voyage of discovery of mountain literature, and have been awaiting the opportunity since then of purchasing a copy for my own library. The book, then, whet my appetite for further reading and anyone who has read accounts of other mountains - such as Heinrich Harrer's excellent 'The White Spider', an account of the Eiger, focussing mainly on the North Wall - will find that Walt Unsworth's book compares favourably.
All in all a great read. If you love mountain literature and hold a fascination for the peak, then this book is for you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
Beginning with the early exploration in and around the mountain, Walt Unsworth provides a detailed and fascinating account of all the attempts on the peak until its eventual first ascent, then continues with further accounts of the major milestone ascents and accomplishments that followed, right up to the present.
Written in a refreshing, non-technical style, the armchair mountaineer will reap as much enjoyment from the wealth of detail and drama that unfolds, as will the modern-day climber who has an interest in the history of the 'Goddess Mother of the World'.
I first read this book more than 15 years ago when I borrowed it from the local library, having just begun a voyage of discovery of mountain literature, and have been awaiting the opportunity since then of purchasing a copy for my own library. The book, then, whet my appetite for further reading and anyone who has read accounts of other mountains - such as Heinrich Harrer's excellent 'The White Spider', an account of the Eiger, focussing mainly on the North Wall - will find that Walt Unsworth's book compares favourably.
All in all a great read. If you love mountain literature and hold a fascination for the peak, then this book is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you always wanted to know about climbing Everest. 25 July 2000
By Frank J O'Connor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Well-written, comprehensive, shrewd in it appraisals, concise in its descriptions of the manifold climbs, and not afraid to treat the politics, squabbles and jealousies that surrounded so many of the events described. The last few chapters do become monotonous, offering too much of a good things, but the book is superb on the important climbs and climbers: Mallory, Irvine, Hillary, Shipton, Messner, and even outsiders like Maurice Wilson are brought vividly to life. This book will stand as the standard treatment of the pursuit of the Everest Summit. The snowboarders, paragliders and skiers as well as the commercial expeditions have vulgarized it all, but this book brings us back to a time when the sacred and mysterious mountain stood in aloof resistance to a heroic band of special men.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 18 May 2000
By Keith Yearwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Walt Unsworth has provided an excellent historical text. The descriptions are vivid with sufficient attention to details that paint clear pictures of the events surrounding Everest. The background information about the bureaucratic bunglings of the British is intriguing and Unsworth masterfully builds to the climax of the first triumphant ascent. I have read several books on Everest and this document helps to put so many of the pieces together and give the reader correct perspective.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read 10 Aug 1998
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a big fan of mountaineering literature, I have read many, many climbing books. This one stands head and shoulders above the rest. Full of copious amounts of factual detail, yet still able to keep a fascinating story moving along. I still keep going back to it months later, just to check facts or to re-read different parts. GREAT BOOK
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read worthwhile buy! 6 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I love mountaineering and this book was informative detailed and extemely enjoyable to read. Anyone interested about Everest should read it. I particularly liked the part about Goerge Mallory and Irvine.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exhausting Everest 23 Jan 2001
By Gareth Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Walt Unsworth's history of Everest is certainly comprehensive. One might say exhaustive. Every attempt on the world's highest mountain from the pre-war British expeditions (which are covered in great detail) to the commercial climbs of the 1990s (which are not) are recorded and put in context. When it comes to climbing history, I doubt that this weighty tome can be bettered. My only gripes are that the ordering of the history (not strictly chronological) is a little difficult to follow - unless one reads the whole 700+ pages in order, and, although admittedly meant as a mountaineering history, there could have been more geographical detail on the features of the mountain (though the maps of ascent routes are very good), and there could have been more analysis of individual acheivements and the thorny issues that have surrounded climbing. Conclusion: brilliant encyclopedia; a little short on criticism.
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