Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 21, 2000 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
With a new preface by the author • As featured in the upcoming motion picture Everest, starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, and Jake Gyllenhaal
 
“I can tell you that some force within me rejected death at the last moment and then guided me, blind and stumbling—quite literally a dead man walking—into camp and the shaky start of my return to life.”
 
In 1996 Beck Weathers and a climbing team pushed toward the summit of Mount Everest. Then a storm exploded on the mountain, ripping the team to shreds, forcing brave men to scratch and crawl for their lives. Rescuers who reached Weathers saw that he was dying, and left him. Twelve hours later, the inexplicable occurred. Weathers appeared, blinded, gloveless, and caked with ice—walking down the mountain. In this powerful memoir, now featuring a new Preface, Weathers describes not only his escape from hypothermia and the murderous storm that killed eight climbers, but the journey of his life. This is the story of a man’s route to a dangerous sport and a fateful expedition, as well as the road of recovery he has traveled since; of survival in the face of certain death, the reclaiming of a family and a life; and of the most extraordinary adventure of all: finding the courage to say yes when life offers us a second chance.
 
Praise for Left for Dead
 
“Riveting . . . [a] remarkable survival story . . . Left for Dead takes a long, critical look at climbing: Weathers is particularly candid about how the demanding sport altered and strained his relationships.”USA Today
 
“Ultimately, this engrossing tale depicts the difficulty of a man’s struggle to reform his life.”Publishers Weekly
 

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User Review  - MikeAWalters - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this book very much. I saw Everest on the big screen and was disappointed at the film's effort at fleshing out the characters a little more. I wanted to know more about Beck Weathers and ... Read full review

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User Review  - amerynth - LibraryThing

I can't get enough of climbing memoirs, but Beck Weathers' book "Left for Dead" is not really that kind of book. It is, in part at least, the story of his remarkable survival in the deadly 1996 season ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter Nineteen
Chapter TwentyTwo
Chapter TwentyFour
Chapter TwentyFive
Epilogue
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About the author (2000)

Beck Weathers has become a much-sought-after speaker before professional, corporate, and academic audiences. He lives with his family in Dallas, where he also practices medicine.
 
Stephen G. Michaud is the author or co-author of eighteen books, including Left for Dead, Conversations With a Killer, Dark Dreams, and The Only Living Witness. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.

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