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Doctor on Everest

by Peter Steele

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Compared to the other Everest books I've read, this was the least interesting, perhaps because the author's role on the trip was not primarily as mountaineer, or perhaps because it's the most recent (and hence Everest was less a question of "can we climb it" and more "how shall we climb it"). There were lots of interesting insights, and a bit more reflection than from the real mountaineers. However, Steele fails a bit to "tell a story" - there's not much suspense, and even the real drama is a bit flat. ( )
  stevage | Jan 23, 2011 |
A great fresh perspective on the whole Everest thing, with some candid observations, but Steele is careful not to upset anybody along the way. ( )
  PAFCWoody | Dec 1, 2009 |
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An invaluable account of men - and one woman - under the extremest pressure in a howling waste and [Steele] makes no bones about the private horror of the experience
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The only (book) to give the uninitiated the exact feeling of what it is like to be on one of these expeditions
added by PAFCWoody | editThe Sunday Times
 
An intensely human book which leaves the ordinary reader with a much more vivid idea of what an attempt on Everest must be like
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When Peter Steele accepted the position of Senior Medical Officer on the 1971 International Everest Expedition, he expected it to be tough; what he didn't expect was the series of disasters that included a near-epidemic, a walk-out and a grisly death. Struggling against bad weather, hostile news reports and pointless infighting, the climbers - from eleven different countries - still attempted to scale the world's highest mountain via a treacherous new route up the southwest face. Doctor Steele tells us his gripping tale of endurance and survival with lean prose and daring honesty.
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