True Summit

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Constable, 2001 - Annapurna (Nepal) - 239 pages

A revelatory new book about the climb that has passed into legend - the first conquest ever made of the 8,000-metre Himalayan peak, Annapurna, in June 1950. Maurice Herzog, the leader, became a national hero and his account, Annapurna, remains to this day the best-selling mountaineering book ever. But the book left much unsaid. Far from the glorious solidarity portrayed by Herzog, the French team was riven with dissent.

In True Summit David Roberts offers the unidealised story of the Annapurna expedition. Drawing on interviews with friends and family of the climbers, as well as books recently published in France, he gives the three superb climbers who accompanied Herzog - Lachenal, Lionel Terray and Gaston Rébuffat - long overdue recognition for their achievement. He also interviewed Herzog, the one survivor among the climbers, and puts his account of the climb in proper perspective. A thrilling book that will set the record straight.

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TRUE SUMMIT: What Really Happened on the Legendary Ascent of Annapurna

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A former true believer discovers that Maurice Herzog's best-selling Annapurna (a stirring, romantic account of the first ascent of an 8,000-meter peak in the Himalayas) left out some of the adventure ... Read full review

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Before setting off to attempt to climb Annapurna, the expedition members were required to sign a contract agreeing to publish nothing about the trip for five years after the expedition. This left the ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

David Roberts worked in publishing for over thirty years, most recently as a director, before devoting his energies to writing full time. He is married and divides his time between London and Wiltshire.

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