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

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Simon and Schuster, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
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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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


one June 3
two Resistance
three Looking for Annapurna
four Breakthrough
five Deliverance
six The Woods of Lete
seven The Meditation of Rebuff at
eight The Silence of Lachenal
nine The Passion of Terray
ten Une Affaire de Cordee
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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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