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The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest by [Mark Synnott]

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One of the 57 Most Anticipated Books Of 2021—Elle 

“Almost seventy years after my father Tenzing Norgay Sherpa climbed the summit of Chomolungma with the British 1953 Expedition, Western narratives about Mount Everest continue to be haunted by the question whether it was Mallory and Irvine who had been the first to stand on the summit. Mark Synnott’s 
The Third Pole pursues this mystery and brings us closer to closing this chapter of mountaineering history. I learned a lot from this book.”  
—Norbu Tenzing Norgay

“The author and adventurer Mark Synnott skillfully describes early-20th-century exploration, then dives into a story about Everest that merges mystery, adventure and history into a single tragic bundle
... Synnott knows how to keep readers turning the pages, and they will speed their way to his mystery’s resolution.”
The New York Times

“If you’re only going to read one Everest book this decade, make it 
The Third Pole... a riveting adventure.”
Outside

“The book is a fascinating tale and forces the reader to constantly ask themselves,
What would I do? in each situation.”
Fodor's

“As in his previous book, the author’s writing comes alive when he recounts life on the mountain...this is a must-read for outdoor enthusiasts and readers of Everest and exploration history.”
Library Journal, starred review

“[A] hair-raising mountaineering story... A fine tale of adventure and exploration sure to please any fan of climbing and Everest lore.”
Kirkus, starred review

“Synnott weaves back and forth between the early climbing pioneers' experiences and his 2019 expedition, harrowing in its own right. A gifted storyteller, he proves firsthand the irresistible lure and perilous dangers of climbing Mount Everest.”
Booklist

“The Third Pole is an elegy of extremes, a white-knuckle tale of obsession and survival. From the archives of London’s Royal Geographical Society to a tent battered by howling winds on the edge of the Death Zone, Mark Synnott puts it all on the line in his quest to solve Mount Everest’s most enduring mystery.”
Susan Casey, author of national bestsellers The Wave and Voices in the Ocean
 
“A hundred-year-old detective story with a new twist. A high-altitude adventure. The best Everest book I’ve read since
Into Thin Air. Synnott’s climbing skills take you places few will ever dare to tread, but it’s his writing that will keep you turning pages well past bedtime.”
Mark Adams, author of Tip of the Iceberg and Turn Right at Machu Picchu
 
“Join Mark Synnott on a quest for an artifact that could change Everest mountaineering history. Part detective story, part high adventure, Synnott engages obsessed historians, dodges Chinese bureaucrats, and ultimately risks his life high on the mountain’s north face. As the tension rises, he discovers astounding strengths in his fellow climbers, tragic frailty, and an ineffable truth he never imagined.”
Andy Hall, author of Denali’s Howl

About the Author

Mark Synnott is a twenty-five-year member of the North Face Global Athlete Team, an internationally certified mountain guide and a trainer for the Pararescuemen of the United States Air Force. A frequent contributor to National Geographic magazine, he is the author of The Impossible Climb and The Third Pole. He lives in the Mt. Washington Valley of New Hampshire. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08D8JHFX5
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dutton (April 13, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 13, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 41372 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to join panoply on enduring Everest mystery
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 17, 2021
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Tim Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars A great all round view of Everest
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 15, 2021
Sameer Kumar
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well written, but the Mallory and Irvine bit is simply bait-and-switch
Reviewed in India on August 28, 2021
JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible read!
Reviewed in Canada on May 2, 2022
Scott vanderveer
5.0 out of 5 stars Woah
Reviewed in Canada on December 7, 2021
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