True Summit: What Really Happened on the Legendary Ascent on Annapurna

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 1, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
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In a startling look at the classic Annapurna -- the most famous book about mountaineering -- David Roberts discloses what really happened on the legendary expedition to the Himalayan peak. In June 1950, a team of mountaineers was the first to conquer an 8,000-meter peak. Maurice Herzog, the leader of the expedition, became a national hero in France, and Annapurna, his account of the historic ascent, has long been regarded as the ultimate tale of courage and cooperation under the harshest of conditions. In True Summit, David Roberts presents a fascinating revision of this classic tale. Using newly available documents and information gleaned from a rare interview with Herzog (the only climber on the team still living), Roberts shows that the expedition was torn by dissent. As he re-creates the actual events, Roberts lays bare Herzog's self-serving determination and bestows long-delayed credit to the most accomplished and unsung heroes. These new revelations will inspire young adventurers and change forever the way we think about this victory in the mountains and the climbers who achieved it.
 

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Almost half a century after its publication, Maurice Herzog's Annapurna endures as the best-selling mountaineering book ever written. It is the story of how Herzog, Louis Lachenal, Gaston Rebuffat ... Read full review

Contents

one June 3
13
two Resistance
28
three Looking for Annapurna
45
four Breakthrough
70
five Deliverance
95
six The Woods of Lete
119
seven The Meditation of Rebuff at
135
eight The Silence of Lachenal
158
nine The Passion of Terray
192
ten Une Affaire de Cordee
212
Note on Sources and Acknowledgments
226
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David Roberts is a veteran mountaineer and the author of a dozen books including, most recently, The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mount Everest (with Conrad Anker). He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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