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Left For Dead: My Journey Home from Everest Paperback – 1 Nov 2001

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (1 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751530859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751530858
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An engaging memoir . . . Candid [and] moving . . . Weather s' upbeat attitude perhaps yields the biggest clue about how he got home from Everest (NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW)

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* The extraordinary story of one of the survivors of the infamous 1996 Everest disaster
* Describes not only the author's indomitable will to live but also his determination to rebuild his life

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By Stewart M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
Beck Weathers is famous for not dying on Everest during the ill fated expedition that has been documented in "Into Thin Air". Left for dead by member of his climbing party, he stumbled into a high altitude camp the next morning, severely frost bitten, and close to death. He was rescued by helicopter, in itself a remarkable event and eventually recovered, all be it with the loss of hands and nose. This is a summary of the first two chapters of the book - the remaining 23 chapters deal with the time before Everest and his recovery from the injuries he sustained there.

This is an important thing to realise about this book - most of it is not about the Everest expedition itself, and the majority is not about mountaineering at all.

This is a book outlining how a man (who regularly appears to be wilfully selfish) recovers from his injuries and regains contact with his family, who he had become isolated from, or possibly pushed away.
The book is structured so that each of the main characters in the story has their say in sections labelled with their name. This book does seem to be a very honest account of how driven a man can be by an obsession, and how his wife and family can suffer as a result. The authors wife, Peach, does not spare Weathers any blushes in her account of his behaviour.

Despite the fact that Weather claims that his experiences on Everest changed him for the better, he does not always come across well in this book. He describes a climber who died on Everest as "feckless" because he made a mistake that killed him. He describes another people climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro as "amateurs", when he is a member of group who have simply paid out big dollars for the experience.
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By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
The first two chapters were an excellent account of what is now a well known story. However, after that, the book switches from the climbing to the history of the Weathers' family. I found this added little to the story. If it's a climbing book you want, I would ignore this.
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The big problem with this book is its been billed as a book on mountaineering and often placed in the adventure sections. Its not a book on mountaineering. Its more of an apology to his long suffering wife and family for being a self obsessed climber. Unless I was studying pyschology I won't bother. I read it, the hubby got bored when he realised the mountain story was only two chapters. It is well written and it is a good book but its not a mountaineering or travel or adventure book.
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By A Customer on 6 Jun. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I decided like many others to read this book after hearing about the accident in Into Thin Air, it gives as wonderfully different pespective as only i guess it could do.
It also opened my eyes to the general relationship problems the mountaineers seem to have, they use the mountains as a means of escape.
It is an lonley and isolated tale... well worth a read
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Although others have been disappointed that the book is essentially in two parts - mountains/near-death experience + the aftermath, I appreciated the very honest accounts from Beck and his family about how difficult it was to both live with Beck prior to the accident, and actually to BE Beck himself. Beck's description of himself made me wonder if he might be on the autistic spectrum as he struggled to understand other people's emotions. Though Beck's depression - I emphasize this was BEFORE Everest - was severe, I was not clear whether he knew why he suffered this way. I wish him and his family well in their continued journey to recovery and wholeness.

If you are interested in reading more about how the human soul can respond and grow despite and because of catastrophic disability, try 'Joni' by Joni Eareckson Tada (or anything else she has written).
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Deeply disappointing. I was hoping for Becks' account of the infamous incident on Everest not an account of how emotionally stunted he was before going there and how he made his marriage work after coming back. Part two is an in-depth personal history which is about as uninteresting a story as you could possibly read. I'm trying to read part three but I'm BORED with the book. He seems a nice guy and I'm glad he's in a good place now but the book misrepresented as a climbing story and bound to cause disappointment.
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Format: Hardcover
This epic starts out as a tale of tragic loss and human suffering but it develops into so much more.Beck Weathers drags the reader kicking and screaming up and down some of the highest peaks in the world.For what purpose? Maybe to escape the depths of depression he tries to conquer the euphoric heights of achievment and continually pushes his bodies limits.Its no surprise then when it all ends in tragedy but even severe frostbite resulting in amputation cannot quell this remarkable mans indomitable spirit.

This is a moving account of one mans attempt to conquer the highest mountain and also the deepest darkest recesses of his own mind.
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It is fairly explicitly stated in the book (although not perhaps massively highlighted on the cover) that this ISN'T a definitive story of the '96 Everest disaster from the Everest movie but rather how Beck Weathers dealt with (effectively) his mid-life crisis of mountaineering and finding his place in the world. It's not as navel-gazing as that might sound and does throw up some interesting viewpoints about 'drive' and 'achievement'.
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