The Mammoth Book of On The Edge

The Mammoth Book of On The Edge

by Jon E. Lewis

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No one sees clearer than an individual whose life is hanging by the finger tips on the edge of an abyss.

Probing the furthest reaches of human daring and endurance, here are 28 of the great first-hand accounts of extreme mountaineering, from legendary names.


·Heinrich Harrer - first conqueror of the notorious Eigerwand.

·Robert Bates - the classic account of the ill-fated American 1953 expedition to K2.

·Maurice Herzog - his unstoppable ascent of Annapurna at the cost of frostbite.

·Walter Bonatti - tragedy on the Central Pillar of Freney on Mont Blanc.

·George Leigh Mallory - surviving an avalanche on the 1922 Everest expedition.

·René Desmaison - his epic story of 14 days stuck on The Grandes Jorasses in winter.

·Jon Krakauer - recalling his solo ascent of The Devil's Thumb in Alaska.

The price of the summit is often measured in human suffering, yet for those who succeed the rewards can be incalculable. Nerve-wracking and unputdownable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780337333
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 930 KB

About the Author

Jon E. Lewis is a historian and writer, whose books on history and military history
are sold worldwide. He is also editor of many The Mammoth Book of anthologies, including the bestselling On the Edge and Endurance and Adventure.

He holds graduate and postgraduate degrees in history. His work has appeared in New Statesman, the Independent, Time Out and the Guardian. He lives in Herefordshire with his partner and children.

Praise for his previous books:

England: The Autobiography:
'A triumph' Saul David, author of Victoria's Army

The British Soldier: The Autobiography:
'this thoughtful compilation . . . almost unbearably moving.' Guardian

'Compelling tommy's eye view of war.' Daily Telegraph

'What a book. Five stars.' Daily Express

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