Like if Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air met Lauren Hillenbrand's Unbroken, it's an inviting and engrossing read
The dramatic saga of the race between nations to climb the planet's highest mountains...In vivid, novelistic prose, the author describes the significant expeditions and delivers engaging portraits of climbers from many different countries and their invaluable Sherpas
An exceptional account of trailblazing mountaineers who persevered during a turbulent time in history
Plenty of rollicking stories
A vibrant glimpse into a period of wild adventure
World Beneath Their Feet is a thrilling new account of the struggle to conquer the towering Himalayan mountains. It begins in the late 1920s after the death of the great mountaineer George Mallory, who disappeared in the vast wastes of Mount Everest in 1924, and continues for the next twenty five years under the looming shadow of World War II, as teams of aristocrats, athletes, tough guys and screwballs attacked the snow-covered Himalayan peaks for the honor of their countries and their personal glory. According to author Scott Ellsworth, there was a passionate competition between climbers from Great Britain, France, Germany, and the United States-as well as Japan, Italy, and Switzerland-to be the first atop Everest... So far as adventure stories go, this book is tops.