I have to agree with the other reviewer in being a little disappointed with this book. I generally don't like to review books negatively (if I don't like them I usually simply don't review them), but I had such high hopes for this volume. I am in the midst of reading Wade Davis' superb Into the Silence and bought this as a complement. What bothered me more than the lazy picture captioning and the reversed printing (one of a pair of images of the same scene on facing pages is reversed -- but which one?) was the almost hagiographic tone of the text. I realize that the authors are a relative of Noel's and a longtime admirer, so I should to be sympathetic.
I will rate this 4 stars for the historic photos from the tail end of the Heroic Era of exploration and 2 stars for the uninspired text. Final grade: 3 stars, probably worth buying if you have a special interest in early Everest exploration.