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Could have been 100 pages shorter
on 28 June 2011
I've read a few of the 1996 Everest books, after starting with Into Thin Air and loving it. This book covers the same ground but from the perspective of someone who was in a third team going up that day, but who survived based on different decision making. There's really only one new point to take out of this book, which I won't spoil should you buy it, but it takes a long time to come out and for long sections I was feeling that it couldn't be worth the wait. It almost isn't...it's not a story-shattering insight, but it does make you question a lot of what you read in the other books, especially Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, which feels partial to say the least as a result of reading this. It's not as well written as some (I could really do without the detail of the linen in every hotel in Kathmandu), but it is genuine, and written with both knowledge and passion. Mid-way through I thought about putting it down, but by the end I was glad I hadn't.