Rogue Economics

Rogue Economics

by Loretta Napoleoni


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Rogue Economics by Loretta Napoleoni

The gripping tale of one man’s survival in the wilderness.

On the night of April 9, 1997, Warren Macdonald took his final step as a "complete" human being. A fit and experienced hiker, Macdonald had set out with a new Dutch companion to make the grueling climb to the top of Australia’s spectacular Mount Bowen. They lost their way after a full day on the trail and pitched camp beside a narrow creek. Shortly after dusk, as he scrambled up an embankment away from the creek in the darkness, Macdonald was horrified to hear a loud crack. A second later he was lying in the creek bed, both his legs pinned by a giant boulder.

What had begun as a two-day adventure had suddenly turned into a nightmare. Try as they might, the two men could not budge the massive piece of granite. There was nothing for it: Macdonald’s companion would have to hike out at dawn and make a solitary, perilous descent—a journey of at least eight hours—to get help.

A gifted storyteller, Macdonald captures the terror and high drama of his hours alone in the wilderness, but he also writes eloquently about his life both before and after the accident.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583228821
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Pages: 307
Sales rank: 1,105,343
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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Maps of Australia and Hinchinbrook Island


PART 1: The Road Less Travelled
On the night of April 9, 1997, Warren Macdonald took his final step as a "complete" human being. Here, in an incredible story of courage and survival, Macdonald describes his battle to stay alive on Australia's spectacular Mount Bowen, as he lies trapped in agony under a massive boulder — alone, for two days and a night — whilst his fellow hiker races against time in an eight-hour perilous descent to get help.

PART 2: The Will to Live
Warren Macdonald's fight for survival on Mount Bowen is only the first test of his determination and his profound courage. As he signs the permission form to allow amputation of both his legs, he can't imagine the world into which he is headed. But he knows he is embarking on a journey into total darkness — and, that if he does come out of it, things will never be the same again.

PART 3: The Reclamation
As his stumps heal and he learns how to live as an amputee, Warren MacDonald battles yet another infection and endures further surgery. But finally, as his strength and mobility increase, he reclaims his life — beginning with a climb of Cradle Mountain.

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