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James M. TaborA disaster book's success depends on multiple factors. Speedy publication and new information are two musts. 33 Men is both first out of the gate on this event and rich with revelations. Serendipity is important, too—being in the right place at the right time—but even that is not enough. Twenty-nine people survived the 1996 disaster on Mount Everest, but it took a Jon Krakauer to write Into Thin Air. A couple of thousand journalists were in the right place at the right time in Chile in the summer of 2010. 33 Men is proof that Franklin was the right man among them to write the book.
—The Washington Post