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Biased for US readership,
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This review is from: K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain (Paperback)As a non-American I struggled with this book. Be warned, it is written with only a US readership in mind. Disproportionate coverage is given to expeditions by American climbers. Temperatures are given in Fahrenheit, weights in lbs, heights in feet. Surprising given that Ed Viesturs claim to fame is in having climbed all fourteen 26,246.719 foot peaks. I seemed to spend half my time while reading the book doing conversions - most annoying. Tried desperately not to get annoyed at Americanisms such as 'gotten.' Is this a US biased history of climbs on K2 or is it Ed Viesturs personal experiences? The 'Epilogue' is a totally self indulgent piece largely about his wife and children. After the previous reviews I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately these expectations were not met.
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Initial post: 6 Aug 2011 20:50:06 BDT
Thanks--I'd suspected after reading one of the reviews here that there would be an American bias, and it's helpful of you to confirm it. I've no problem with 'gotten' & imperial measures, but I'd want to be sure of ample coverage of non-American climbs before getting the book, and what you say about the epilogue is as well (helpfully) a bit off-putting. From what I've read here, sounds as if the book might be a rather uneasy blend of the personal account and of history of K2 ascents with an emphasis on the American expeditions . . .
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