The World Beneath Their Feet

The World Beneath Their Feet

Mountaineering, Madness, and the Deadly Race to Summit the Himalayas

Book - 2020 | First edition
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"While tension steadily rose between European powers in the 1930s, a different kind of battle was raging across the Himalayas. Contingents from Great Britain, Nazi Germany, and the United States had set up rival camps at the base of the mountains, all hoping to become recognized as the fastest, strongest, and bravest climbers in the world. Carried on across nearly the entire sweep of the Himalayas, this contest involved not only the greatest mountain climbers of the era, but statesmen and millionaires, world-class athletes and bona fide eccentrics, scientists and generals, obscure villagers and national heroes. Centered in the 1930s, with one brief, shining postwar coda, the contest was a struggle between hidebound traditionalists and unknown innovators, one that featured new techniques and equipment, unbelievable courage and physical achievement, and unparalleled valor. And death. One Himalayan peak alone, Nanga Parbat in Kashmir, claimed twenty-five lives in less than three years"-- Publisher's description.
Contents: Prologue: The last place on earth
Ice axes and dinner jackets
A wind from the east
Everest, 1933
The new Emersonians
Nanga Parbat
Shangri-La
Yogis and yak meat
A knock at the door
Murder mountain
Triumph
and trouble
An American Everest
A bit east of the plaza
The north face
The summer at the end of the world
War
A new world
The brightness of their rising
Glory, strength, and decency
Epilogue: To the stars
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: 796.522 ELL
Characteristics: xix, 393 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780316434867
0316434868

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