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Publisher Description

The definitive story of the British adventurers who survived the trenches of World War I and went on to risk their lives climbing Mount Everest.
On June 6, 1924, two men set out from a camp perched at 23,000 feet on an ice ledge just below the lip of Everest’s North Col. George Mallory, thirty-seven, was Britain’s finest climber. Sandy Irvine was a twenty-two-year-old Oxford scholar with little previous mountaineering experience. Neither of them returned.
Drawing on more than a decade of prodigious research, bestselling author and explorer Wade Davis vividly re-creates the heroic efforts of Mallory and his fellow climbers, setting their significant achievements in sweeping historical context: from Britain’s nineteen-century imperial ambitions to the war that shaped Mallory’s generation. Theirs was a country broken, and the Everest expeditions emerged as a powerful symbol of national redemption and hope. In Davis’s rich exploration, he creates a timeless portrait of these remarkable men and their extraordinary times.

October 18
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Miroreca ,

Historical , Informative, Suspenseful!

Loved the history in this book! Also liked the way the author wove the background of previous war experiences of the climbers and their personal lives into the beginning of the Everest conquests. I was amazed at the detail of the expeditions but tended to get confused with so many characters and places and mountain positions described continuously. That’s the only fault I found with the book.

Mtn from Boston ,

Great read!

Couldn't put the book down. Weaves the important events of the era like WWI into the story brilliantly. What those climbers went through was hard to imagine. Strongly recommended.

Lyons_houston ,

Terrible, pointless, boring book

If you are looking for a book that goes into endless and nonsensical detail of the war, then this is for you. If you want coherent details of climbing a mountain, look else where. Stupid book. I was flipping through entire chapters at a time. Worthless!!

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