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Everest: The Mountaineering History Hardcover – 17 Apr 2000

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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Baton Wicks Publications; 3rd Revised edition edition (17 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898573409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898573401
  • Package Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Format: Hardcover
Beginning with the early exploration in and around the mountain, Walt Unsworth provides a detailed and fascinating account of all the attempts on the peak until its eventual first ascent, then continues with further accounts of the major milestone ascents and accomplishments that followed, right up to the present: the final main chapter deals with the start of the 1999 season and the discovery of Mallory's body.
The Appendices to the book have been expanded, though the list of ascentionists (and fatalities) only takes us up to 1989. However, the wealth of information makes fascinating reading nevertheless, with Audrey Salkeld giving her encyclopeadic contribution as usual!
Written in a refreshing, non-technical style, the armchair mountaineer will reap as much enjoyment from the wealth of detail and drama that unfolds, as will the modern-day climber who has an interest in the history of Chomolungma, the 'Goddess Mother of the World'.
I first read this book more than 15 years ago when I borrowed it from the local library, having just begun a voyage of discovery of mountain literature, and have been awaiting the opportunity since then of purchasing a copy for my own library. The book, then, whet my appetite for further reading and anyone who has read accounts of other mountains - such as Heinrich Harrer's excellent 'The White Spider', an account of the Eiger, focussing mainly on the North Wall - will find that Walt Unsworth's book compares favourably.
All in all a great read. If you love mountain literature and hold a fascination for the peak, then this book is for you.
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Format: Hardcover
Beginning with the early exploration in and around the mountain, Walt Unsworth provides a detailed and fascinating account of all the attempts on the peak until its eventual first ascent, then continues with further accounts of the major milestone ascents and accomplishments that followed, right up to the present.
Written in a refreshing, non-technical style, the armchair mountaineer will reap as much enjoyment from the wealth of detail and drama that unfolds, as will the modern-day climber who has an interest in the history of the 'Goddess Mother of the World'.
I first read this book more than 15 years ago when I borrowed it from the local library, having just begun a voyage of discovery of mountain literature, and have been awaiting the opportunity since then of purchasing a copy for my own library. The book, then, whet my appetite for further reading and anyone who has read accounts of other mountains - such as Heinrich Harrer's excellent 'The White Spider', an account of the Eiger, focussing mainly on the North Wall - will find that Walt Unsworth's book compares favourably.
All in all a great read. If you love mountain literature and hold a fascination for the peak, then this book is for you.
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In depth history of Everest a real mountain of a book
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those who dare to dream 1 Jan. 2011
By R. Holford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the ultimate book for the armchair mountaineer...the person who has a deep and abiding love for the natural and awe inspiring majesty of the great Mount Everest...but who realises in his/her heart that they may never have the chance to even set eyes on this mountain in their lifetime.

Unsworth provides such a vivid and detailed account of the modern history of Everest mountaineering that the reader feels as if he is actually there as part of the expedition...a feat that only the very exceptional and meticulous writer can ever hope to accomplish.

Trust me...once you start reading...it is very difficult to put it down.

Definitely a 5 star.
5.0 out of 5 stars The complete history of Everest 24 Sept. 2013
By WIILLIAM R. LOSCHER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For anyone fascinated with this incredible mountain this book is the Bible. I've read extensively on the subject and although there are many fascinating accounts, there are none that compare. Extensive data as well as personal quotes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 18 May 2000
By Keith Yearwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Walt Unsworth has provided an excellent historical text. The descriptions are vivid with sufficient attention to details that paint clear pictures of the events surrounding Everest. The background information about the bureaucratic bunglings of the British is intriguing and Unsworth masterfully builds to the climax of the first triumphant ascent. I have read several books on Everest and this document helps to put so many of the pieces together and give the reader correct perspective.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 24 April 2004
By R. Bordukalo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
At first, I was a bit sceptic about this book. I thought it would be another detailed-and-boring book about conquest of highest mountain, a bit of sensationalism, otherwise dry. But, after just few pages, I changed my thought completely. It was not dry, at all, it has many, really interesting information, which are not here just to build interest and boist author's knowlege. Author often express his thinking about some people in rather straight way, which I find more useful than writing just about their "purest virtues" - all people have flaws, and these are often very expressed in such extreme situations. It gives more information on first three British expeditions than one specialized book on this subject, I've read before, as well as on first succesful expedition in 1953. These expeditions are covered very well. Expeditions 1980 to present are a bit less covered, which is understandable as they took place after first edition of book was published. I also noticed certain degree of reservation vs non-Western climbers; it seems as author wishes not to offend anyone, but deeply in soul he has some doubts about their honesty. That's why I can't give 5th star to this one. Otherwise, I recommend it to everyone interested in mountain climbing history.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exhausting Everest 23 Jan. 2001
By Gareth Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Walt Unsworth's history of Everest is certainly comprehensive. One might say exhaustive. Every attempt on the world's highest mountain from the pre-war British expeditions (which are covered in great detail) to the commercial climbs of the 1990s (which are not) are recorded and put in context. When it comes to climbing history, I doubt that this weighty tome can be bettered. My only gripes are that the ordering of the history (not strictly chronological) is a little difficult to follow - unless one reads the whole 700+ pages in order, and, although admittedly meant as a mountaineering history, there could have been more geographical detail on the features of the mountain (though the maps of ascent routes are very good), and there could have been more analysis of individual acheivements and the thorny issues that have surrounded climbing. Conclusion: brilliant encyclopedia; a little short on criticism.
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