Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

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HarperCollins, May 1, 1975 - Biography & Autobiography - 318 pages
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On October 12, 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the forty-five original passengers and crew, only sixteen made it off the mountain alive. For ten excruciating weeks they suffered deprivations beyond imagining, confronting nature head-on at its most furious and inhospitable. And to survive, they were forced to do what would have once been unthinkable ...

This is their story -- one of the most astonishing true adventures of the twentieth century.

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Extremely well written; fascinating photographs. - Goodreads
Interesting, but hard to read. - Goodreads
The writing was intelligent and honest. - Goodreads
It may be hard to read, but it is very worth it. - Goodreads
From a research standpoint, Read does a good job. - Goodreads
Great writing and hard to believe its true. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Andrea - Goodreads

This was a very thorough, unbiased accounting of the entire story of an extremely extraordinary circumstance. The writing was intelligent and honest. Well worth the adventure. Read full review

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User Review  - Gwen Haaland - Goodreads

I read this long ago for a college class called "Literature of Wilderness Survival" (at Marlboro College in Vermont.) We had to write a paper analyzing what several fellow survivors from this crash ... Read full review

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About the author (1975)

Paul Piers Read is the author of numerous, critically acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including A Patriot in Berlin (1996), Ablaze: The Story of the Heroes and Victims of Chernobyl (1993), On the Third Day (1989), and A Season in the West (1989). Mr. Read lives in London.