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Miracle In The Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home [Kindle Edition]

Nando Parrado
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Book Description

The story of the 1972 Andes plane crash and rescue, finally told by one of the heroes who saved his team-mates.

When Nando Parrado took off on a flight from Uruguay to Chile with his rugby team-mates, he was looking forward to an enjoyable weekend break and had invited his mother and sister along for the trip. Then disaster struck, as their plane crashed into a mountain. Miraculously, many of the passengers survived but Nando's family died and he was unconscious for three days.

Stranded 11 000 feet up on an inhospitable glacier, the survivors had almost no food or suitable equipment to withstand temperatures as low as -40C.

In a final, desperate bid for safely, Nando and one of his friends set off on an impossible journey, climbing 17 000 feet-high mountains, facing death at every step.

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His story is awesome. It is also enthralling, inspirational and an impressive testimony to one man's unquenchable instinct for survival and to the amazing resilience of the human spirit (DAILY MAIL)

This book not only reveals the lengths to which humans will go to survive, it makes you question your own strengths and weaknesses. Would you have resorted to cannibalism? Would you have survived the nights? Would you have survived the deaths of so many friends? Would you have set off for help? Only a handful of people know the answers to these questions. Nando Parrado is one - and his dramatic story is moving, powerful and riveting (DAILY EXPRESS)

A moving story of love and faith (CHOICE)

an inspirational story of survival...a compelling account of unimaginable obstacles overcome (James Scudamore THE SPECTATOR)

A very moving account of the indomitability of the human spirit (DUBLIN EVENING HERALD)

This has got to be one of the most moving, horrific, incredible and inspirational stories I've ever read...What makes (it) special is that it is a first-hand account of Nando Parado who decided with his friend, Roberto, to climb for ten days over the 17,000 feet mountain at temperatures of 35c below freezing in search of help. They were wearing jeans, rugby boots, T-shirts and sweaters! (THE IRISH CATHOLIC)

Nando's story fills in the gaps left by the film and will truly amaze you (WOMAN'S OWN)

more than three decades later, this book of the book and the film, is an utterly compelling read. The searing monologue of a privileged youth, Fernando "Nando" Parrado, goes from unbelievable to unimaginable as the values of his cosy upbringing are shattered, replaced by a nightmare of imminent death and survival (SUNDAY EXPRESS)

This is Nando's incredible account of those 72 days of hell on a frozen mountain - and it's one that you'll find difficult to put down and impossible to forget (DAILY RECORD)

Captivating, moving and inspiring (ATLANTICA)

a truly inspirational tale (OUTLOOK)

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The story of the 1972 Andes plane crash and rescue, made famous by Piers Paul Read in his book 'Alive', finally told by one of the heroes who saved his team-mates.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9782 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140009769X
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UPVVM4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,044 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 3 Nov. 2006
This is, without question, one of the best books I have ever read. You may think you know the story but this book moves it onto a different level entirely. I guarantee, you simply will not be able to put it down: an old cliche but, in this case, absolutely true. The proof is that, although you know the outcome, you read each page believing they simply won't survive. That's not to give the impression that this is melodramatic and over the top: far from it. This is as sensitive an account as you will ever read. And the bonus in the final section is Parrado's views on life, love and religion; if you are not moved by this man's honesty, you never will be. The key to the success of the book is Raus's totally brilliant job as a ghost writer. His articulation of Parrado's thoughts is done with an economy of words which nevertheless describes each situation with clarity and simplicity. It is so effective, you are right there in the Andes. It is beautifully written. I can not recommend this book highly enough.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and inspiring 14 Sept. 2006
By Lenora
I read this book over a few days. Each time I picked it up I ended up reading for much longer than I had planned as it was difficult to put down. Nando's story is incredible, and we find out so much more about what he was thinking than in Alive (the book and the film). We follow his high points and low points, and I was inspired by his message that love is what saved him. I think it would be impossible to read this book and not gain a fresh perspective on life and love. As I was reading I got very involved in the story, as his thoughts and feelings are portrayed so well.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost for words . . . 27 Oct. 2006
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. . . Well, almost. This is, quite simply, one of the most moving and life-enhancing books I have read. I managed to put it down for just three and a half hours - to get some sleep - while reading it in one sitting. It's one of those books you want to put into the hands of all your friends and beg them to read it. I was completely overwhelmed by the strength and courage of Nando and the other survivors - and indeed of those who fought so bravely to stay alive, but eventually lost the battle. If you never buy another book this year, buy this one. You won't regret it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miracle In The Andes 12 July 2006
I read Alive by Piers Paul Read over 10 years ago and the courage and strength of all the survivors has stayed with me since. This book offers a different perspective as it tells the story from the eyes of one of the survivors. It is both harrowing and compelling, the type of book you won't want to put down. A fantastic and humbling read to all of us who grumble about the daily stresses and strains of life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RIVETING... 29 Nov. 2008
Having read Piers Paul Read's book, "Alive", a riveting account of the 1972 plane crash in the Andes mountains in which sixteen of the forty-five aboard survived a harrowing ordeal on the mountain for nearly two and a half months, I was sufficiently intrigued to read a first person account by one of the pivotal survivors of that ordeal. I was not disappointed.

Nando Parrado, reflecting back over a span of thirty plus years, shares his experiences with the reader. At twenty-three, as a young Uruguayan high on life and flying to an exhibition rugby game in Chile, he was master of his universe, when the unthinkable happened. The plane carrying his family, friends, and teammates, suddenly crashed onto a glacier deep in the Andes Mountains. The crash killed many of those he had known and loved, including his beloved mother and sister. Life as he knew it was over, and from its ashes a new Nando Parrado was born.

Before the crash, Nando had lived a comfortable, privileged life and was more of a follower than a leader. Yet, as their situation on the mountain became more desperate and death seemed a certainty for all of them were extraordinary measures not taken, Nando rose to the challenge, emerging as a leader in the unlikeliest of circumstances. In a desperate bid to save his life and that of the other survivors, an emaciated and ill-clad Nando, together with his friend, Roberto Canessa, climbed an unknown peak in the Andes, and trekked over forty-five miles across frozen terrain to seek help for the remaining survivors. How he and Roberto did this is the stuff from which legends are made. It is simply an extraordinary and riveting story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling story of human endurance and love 4 Jun. 2006
Fundmentally this book is a love story, about a son's love for his father and the power of the human mind and spirit to conquer unbelievable stress and danger. I read this in one go, the last two or three hours of reading are as compelling as I have experienced.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true miracle. 5 Jun. 2006
By A. Cook
I was 8 years old when I first read about the horrendous crash in the Andes and the subsequent journey by 2 of the survivors to get help. It is probably one of only a few news stories that I really remember.

I have read 'Alive' by Piers Paul Reid, but found this book more heartwrenching because it was actually by one of the men who walked across the mountains to freedom and to get help for their friends who stayed behind at the crash site. This is a story that will stay with you, probably all the more because it is true. A true tale of courage and stamina that I don't think anyone would be able to match.
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It is quite a while I started and finished a book, but I just couldn't drop this book. I know it is my first time reading a book on survival of this sort,but every page held me in... Read more
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I love the story, Excellent read
Published 3 months ago by john morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Alive .. the survivors story !
I watched the film almost 28 years ago .. filled me with horror but admiration for the survivors .. now reading Andos story I'm filled with admiration respect and love x
Published 3 months ago by smax
5.0 out of 5 stars Walking towards Love
I read 'Alive' many years ago and found that interesting. Miracle in the Andes was told in a very different way - great to hear it from one of the final walkers - walking towards... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deb
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excellent many thanks
Published 4 months ago by Ian
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gripping, sensitive account of harrowing experience. couldn't put it down.
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A heart wrenching story
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Heartfelt, warm book. Have wanted to read about it for a long time. Thanks to amazon for having it in stock, first class service.
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