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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User Review  - Christine Fredrikstad - Goodreads

It's an alright book that gives an insight to what they went through and how it was to live inside an airplane in the Andes-mountains for several weeks. Worth reading if that sounds intresting to you. Read full review

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Read this book in high school and it had a profound effect on me, and the memory still lingers. The struggle to survive in the face of seemingly impossible odds was frightening and awe inspiring to my teenage heart and mind. I have never forgotten it. 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.