K2: The 1939 Tragedy

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The Mountaineers Books, Sep 1, 1993 - History - 224 pages
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Mountaineers everywhere had an opinion on this controversial story when it was first published. Now available in a paperbound version, K2: The 1939 Tragedy unravels the complex tangle of events and personalities that led to four deaths on the 1939 American expedition to K2. With the aid of a recently available trip diary, this book challenges the conventionally accepted version of the story.
 

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User Review  - Molly Sudmeier - Goodreads

I'm a descendant of Chap Cranmer-- one of the mountaineers on the climb. It's the reason I picked up the book. The story is very interesting and the book well-researched. Read full review

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User Review  - Jan Strong - Goodreads

These mountaineering books are compelling-I am drawn in by the stories and the people, not necessarily the writing. Most tragic and interesting. Read full review

Contents

Preface
7
Introduction
11
The Challenge
17
The Leader
28
The Team
36
Bon Voyage
45
Land of the Lotus Eaters
51
Blisters and Fleas
57
The Road Back
134
The Unanswered Questions
144
Farewell to the Drama
154
Biographical Sketches
163
Peril in High Places
173
Movements of Personnel on K2 During the 1939 Expedition
181
Sources
185
The Groth Report
187

The Road to Xanadu
66
The Abruzzi Ridge
75
Prelude to Disaster
88
Into the Death Zone
96
The New Evidence
106
A Mountain was Lost
112
The Search
125
Report of the American Alpine Club Second Karakoram Expedition
195
The Wilson Analysis
202
The Phantom Letter
204
Notes
209
Index
219
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About the author (1993)

William L. Putnam --a world-known alpinist and broadcaster-- has written extensively on mountain and historic topics.

Putnam spent his career as a pioneering television broadcaster, serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the NBC-TV Affiliates. He became widely noted for the vigor of his televised editorials, and was for many years, the most influencial political force in his native city of Springfield, Massachusetts.

He is presently the sole trustee of the privately-managed, but world-famous, Lowell Observatory, in Flagstaff, Arizona; where he lives with his wife, Kathryn, and is occasionally visited by their several grandchildren.

Here, he brings his extensive knowledge and research to bear on a current topic that affects present-day political thinking in North America.

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