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Soldiers and Sherpas: A Taste for Adventure (Coronet Books) [Paperback]

Brummie Stokes
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15 Feb 1990 Coronet Books
John Henry "Brummie" Stokes tells his story in this book, from his birth in 1945, through his poverty-stricken childhood. In 1963 he joined the Green Jackets, and in 1966 the SAS and this book describes his military campaigns as well as how he reached the summit of Everest in 1976 via the South Col route with fellow SAS climber Bronco Lane. The book also tell how the author made his first attempt on Everest's Northeast Ridge in 1986 with Mo Anthoine and Joe Brown, while describing the psychological and physical stress that the preparation for a big climb entails.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet Books; New edition edition (15 Feb 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340511176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340511176
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 988,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars More bitter than inspiring. 8 Dec 2010
I was very disappointed by the general attitude of this book and somewhat surprised too as Brummie Stokes has quite a reputation and has done some great things.

At first it was an amusing read which I thought would pan out into a 'Bad boy comes good through discovering Special Forces and Mountaineering' which it did but then rapidly became 'then gets bitter, blames everyone else and leaves'.

There's nothing wrong with a healthy disrespect for authority in fact it adds character but Brummie seems to have charged through this book with a 'it's not me, it's everyone else' sort of attitude and then resigned from the SAS when he didn't get his own way with an Everest expedition.

Which to me dated the whole thing considerably - He resigned from the SAS because he didn't get his way with an Everest expedition - ?!

How the Army has changed...
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