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Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors (1974)

by Piers Paul Read

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    Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Louve_de_mer)
    Louve_de_mer: Pour le récit de l'accident d'avion de Guillaumet dans les Andes.
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Svenska: Vi lever!
  helenaferry | Jan 18, 2019 |
This book tells the true story of a rugby team whose plane crashes in the Andes in 1972. The crash high in the snow covered mountains killing some of the 40 travelers immediately. The remaining passengers (many who are between the ages of 19-21) need to figure out how to survive until rescue comes. The pilots are dead, as is the radio, so there is no way to figure out where they are and how to call for help. Many of the passengers are injured - some fatally so.

For 72 days, the remaining members of the passengers are trapped on the mountain. They weren't traveling with many possessions, and the below freezing temperatures each night and a broken, open plane quickly became a death sentence for many. Out of 40, only 16 survive, and in the end - rescue never came to them. Brave members of the team had to escape the mountain to get help far below where they were staying.

While on the mountain, the passengers were forced to do unthinkable acts in order to stay alive. They worked with what little resources they had to tend to injuries and keep from freezing to death.

This was a pretty good book. The story is incredible - I cannot believe that these passengers were able to survive for as long as they did deep in the Andes mountains. There had been no food on the flight, so they started with only a little food posessions that the passengers had brought themselves. They didn't have a lot of heavy clothes and the tail of the plane had landed in a completely different place, so they didn't have a lot of the suitcases. The plane was broken in pieces, so they had a hard time keeping out the cold and the wet. They had a major avalanche that buried people and the plane. They lived through impossible situation after impossible situation. And even after the police gave up the search, their parents never gave up. But it still took the passengers getting themselves off the mountain and noticed or they would have all perished because no plane could find them. They were not able to be spotted from the air.

I recommend this read, and then watching the movie afterwards. Their survival is a tale that should be known. ( )
1 vote JenMat | Jan 10, 2019 |
Not for the faint of heart.
  lhofer | Sep 26, 2018 |
Reading this brought me to a very dark place. I am giving this 5 stars because maybe that was the author's intention, to move you that much. Plus it was quite interesting, even if depressing. I felt victorious for the characters who made it out of this very frightening and sad disaster, that was pretty much disaster after disaster, but at the same time, was left feeling gloomy after reading all that went on. This is not for the faint-hearted. ( )
  Shelby-Lamb-Author | Jan 17, 2017 |
The Miracle of the Andes is what the South Americans called it. In 1972 a group of forty-five passengers, including a number of young rugby players, chartered a flight from Uruguay to Chile, only the plane never made it to its destination. It crashed in the heart of the Andes mountains and all were feared lost. Rescuers didn't even know where to start looking.

Ten weeks later a lone farmer in the remote foothills on the Chilean side of the Andes mountain valley encountered two of the survivors, both exhausted and half-starved from their arduous ten-day hike through the high-altitude snowy terrain. They were desperately seeking help for themselves and the fourteen who were still alive up on the mountain.

Alive by Piers Paul Read is the authorized, true account of how a group of mostly young men, some of them barely adults, were confronted with a terrible tragedy and subsequently forced to choose between death and survival at a great cost. This is one of my favorite books of all-time and a must-read if you're interested in human vs. nature survival stories.

** Read again on January 4th, 2017. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Dec 19, 2016 |
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Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.
--John 15;13
We decided that this book should be written and the truth known because of the many rumors about what happened in the cordillera. We dedicate this story of our suffering and solidarity to those friends who died and to their parents who, at the time when we most needed it, received us with love and understanding.
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Introduction: On October 12, 1972, a Fairchild F-227 of the Uruguayan Air Force, chartered by an amateur rugby team, set off from Montevideo in Uruguay for Santiago in Chile.
Uruguay, one of the smallest countries on the South American continent, was founded on the eastern bank of the River Plate as a buffer state between the emerging giants of Brazil and Argentina.
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On October 12, 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the forty-five original passengers and crew, only sixteen made it off the mountain alive. For ten excruciating weeks they suffered deprivations beyond imagining, confronting nature head-on at its most furious and inhospitable. And to survive, they were forced to do what would have once been unthinkable ...

This is their story -- one of the most astonishing true adventures of the twentieth century.

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In this true-life adventure, a team of rugby players survive a plane crash deep in the desolate, snow-covered Andes Mountains, where they must overcome incredible odds to stay alive.

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