A Day to Die For: 1996: Everest's Worst Disaster - One Survivor's Personal Journey to Uncover the Truth

A Day to Die For: 1996: Everest's Worst Disaster - One Survivor's Personal Journey to Uncover the Truth

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by Graham Ratcliffe
     
 

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On the night of 10-11 May 1996, eight climbers perished in what remains the worst disaster in Everest's history. Following the tragedy, numerous accounts were published, with Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air becoming an international bestseller. But has the whole story been told?

A Day to Die For reveals the full, startling facts that led to the

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On the night of 10-11 May 1996, eight climbers perished in what remains the worst disaster in Everest's history. Following the tragedy, numerous accounts were published, with Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air becoming an international bestseller. But has the whole story been told?

A Day to Die For reveals the full, startling facts that led to the tragedy. Graham Ratcliffe, the first British climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest twice, was a first-hand witness, having spent the night on Everest's South Col at 26,000 ft, sheltering from the deadly storm. For years, he has shouldered a burden of guilt, feeling that he and his teammates could have saved lives that fateful night. His quest for answers has led to discoveries so important to an understanding of the disaster that he now questions why these facts were not made public sooner.

History is dotted with high-profile disasters that both horrify and capture the attention of the public, but very rarely is our view of them revised to such devastating effect.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781907195990
Publisher:
Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
02/03/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
141,017
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Married with two daughters, Graham Ratcliffe now divides his time between his homes in North Shields and the south-east of France. In 1998, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

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A Day to Die For: 1996: Everest's Worst Disaster 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly wonderful book!  An amazing detective story enriched by artfully written descriptions of events and locations encountered along the way, from an old school in the British countryside to Tibet.  Thanks to the stunning dedication of the author and the sincere work of a few meteorologists, a 5-year investigation through lost tracks and poorly responsive actors finally leads to success, shedding light on a crucial yet essentially unreported issue in the 1996 Everest story, the prevailing weather conditions.  Reading this book, as well as The Climb, Into Thin Air, Climbing High, and Above the Clouds, and watching related documentaries, carefully and twice each in alternating order, can help one draw conclusions about the event and identify the ones that are truly important.  This book’s contribution  to those conclusions is much greater than some.