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Everest - The First Ascent: The untold story of Griffith Pugh, the man who made it possible
Everest - The First Ascent: The untold story of Griffith Pugh, the man who made it possible
by Harriet Tuckey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.60

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Daughter Learns About Her Father, 17 July 2013
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A remarkable book. A parent herself who found her father difficult and remote writes about her discovery of this true worth as the outsider (but educated at Harrow and with two Oxford degrees) whose work on the physiological aspects of climbing Everest in 1953 made the successful climb possible. Griffith Pugh, her strange but brilliant father, was unrecognised for what he had given to that expedition. The voyage to reach her father must have been a thrilling period of self-discovery for her. He was a very selfish man but he deserves recognition for what he gave to the science of mountaineering. The author's restraint over some of the great personalities of that climb are fascinating. While not rewriting the history of the 1953 Expedition, this book does add to the perspective of what really happened.


Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941
Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941
by Lynne Olson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.20

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5.0 out of 5 stars America Makes World History, 17 July 2013
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A very well researched and fascinating account of one of the most important periods in world history. Without the efforts of a limited number of very patriotic Americans with a realisation of America's destiny, how different the modern world might have been. Leaves one with a strong sense of doubt as to whether Roosevelt should have been reelected for a third term. Lindbergh was not the hero that he was made out to be. The Spirit of St Louis was not the icon that it should have been. Lindbergh had feet of clay.


Beyond the Malachite Hills: A Life of Colonial Service and Business in the New Africa
Beyond the Malachite Hills: A Life of Colonial Service and Business in the New Africa
by Jonathan Lawley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.36

4.0 out of 5 stars Africa Explained., 17 July 2013
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An interesting insight into an undervalued aspect of our history. Well written and worthwhile. Leaves the reader wanting to know more about the Dark Continent.


The Spinning Heart
The Spinning Heart
Price: £3.59

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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Irish by three quarters., 17 July 2013
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Just another Irish moutherer of words. Difficult to follow and not enjoyable. Are there too many glib Irish writers around.
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