High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed

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Hyperion Books, Feb 5, 2008 - Nature - 357 pages
17 Reviews
"The perfect follow-up to Krakauer's riveting account of a perfect storm."
--Miami Herald

"Kodas's absorbing description of the narrow moral compass governing human interaction at the top of the world is bound to shock both armchair adventurers and seasoned mountaineers."
--Chicago Tribune

"(Kodas) discovered more deceit, thievery, and double-crossing among his climbers than you find in a Martin Scorsese gangster film. High Crimes is both an adventure story and an expos of a sport riddled with danger and corruption."
--Washington Post Book World

"Kodas's descriptions of the struggles confronting even the best-prepared climbers leave the reader breathless."
--Dallas Morning News

"[High Crimes] is hair-raising and lays bare the excitement and fear that face great explorers at the top of the world. . . . Well written, and as deftly plotted as the finest mystery novel, Kodas brings to life a disturbing picture of society at high altitude."
--Austin Chronicle

"Kodas does an excellent job exposing the ways in which money and ego have corrupted the traditional cultures of both mountaineers and their Sherpa guides. . . . His narrative is as hard to turn away from as a slow-motion train wreck."
--Publishers Weekly

High Crimes is journalist Michael Kodas's gripping account of life on top of the world--where man is every bit as deadly as Mother Nature.

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Review: High Crimes: the Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed

User Review  - readinger - Goodreads

7 words...What the Hell is wrong with people? Thinking of launching a climbing expedition to Everest? Read this first or reconsider. Possibly both. Imagine paying thousands upon thousands of dollars ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maria Diaz - Goodreads

The very interesting subject matter (the dark side of the business of climbing Mt. Everest) is undermined by Kodas's technique of jumping around the timeline. It got a bit confusing to follow along ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

A Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, Michael Kodas has made a mark as an outdoor adventure reporter and photographer. Since 1987, Kodas has worked at The Hartford Courant on a remarkable set of stories. His work has also been published in "The Los Angeles Times," "The Washington Post," "The Boston Globe," "The Chicago Tribune," "Newsweek" magazine, and "Backpacker Magazine." He lives in Hartford, CT.

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