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Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest by [Beck Weathers, Stephen G. Michaud]

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Left for Dead is a deeply personal story, told in first person by a variety of people who contributed to the survival of Beck Weathers during the Everest accident of 1996 that left nine climbers dead. It goes past the tragedy to discuss why Weathers got involved in climbing in the first place, his lengthy and painful recovery, and the all-important relationship with his wife, Margaret (commonly referred to as Peach). Without Peach's hope and tenacity, it's likely that rescue efforts would not have been continued, and Weathers may never have recovered from the hypothermic coma and its dreadful results. The story of their relationship--they were estranged at the time of the accident--is told from both perspectives, and his obsession with mountains seems almost like another family member. The overall tone is straightforward and conversational: children, pets, and clothing feature as prominently as reconstructive surgery and heroic rescues. But no matter how plainly they are told, the events of that climb are sure to bring tears. Rob Hall's last conversation with his wife, climbers disappearing into the storm, Anatoli Boukreev's rescuing three people, and Weathers and climbing partner Yasuko being left for dead are just a few from a long list. Still, you'll find yourself laughing just pages later, when Weathers gets his rescue team to sing "Chain of Fools" while hiking back to safety--you can imagine Peach being in full agreement of that song's appropriateness. The Everest deaths affected people around the world, and this chronicle of one survivor and his family is a hopeful reminder of the good that can result from such tragedies. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Weathers, a survivor of Mount Everest's death zone in the 1996 climbing fiasco, offers at least the fourth testimonial published on the subject. With nothing substantially new to add to the tale, Weathers appends to it his predisaster mountaineering obsession and his postdisaster medical recovery. The subtext to his story is his deteriorating marriage, making the author more a candidate for a Dr. Laura^-style tongue-lashing than an intrinsically interesting character in climbing. By his own account, Weathers blew off his wife and two children for years as he jetted around the world to bag the highest mountain on each continent. In full confessional mode, Weathers ascribes his hyperactivity to depression and suicidal tendencies; his wife, equally confessional, inventories her complaints about her daredevil spouse. Happily, their union is improving after the author's near-death experience, but is conducting one's marriage counseling in public apt to interest the avid aficionado of alpine adventure? For readers less stringent about quality, Weathers' unsought celebrity suffices to generate modest interest. Gilbert Taylor --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000QCSAAY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bantam (September 21, 2000)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 21, 2000
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3578 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 308 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0751530859
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