Vast Unknown America's First Ascent of Everest

ISBN-10: 0307887146
ISBN-13: 9780307887146
Edition: 2013
Authors: Broughton Coburn
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Description: By the author of the bestsellerEverest: Mountain Without Mercy, this chronicle of the iconic first American expedition to Mt. Everest in May 1963--published to coincide with the climb's 50th anniversary--combines riveting adventure, a perceptive  More...

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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/30/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

By the author of the bestsellerEverest: Mountain Without Mercy, this chronicle of the iconic first American expedition to Mt. Everest in May 1963--published to coincide with the climb's 50th anniversary--combines riveting adventure, a perceptive analysis of its dark and terrifying historical context, and unprecedented revelations about its secret motivation.In the midst of the Cold War, against the backdrop of the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the space race with the Soviet Union, and the quagmire of the Vietnam War, a band of iconoclastic, independent-minded American mountaineers set off for Mt. Everest, aiming to restore America's confidence and optimism. Their objective is to reach the summit while conducting scientific research, but which route will they take? And, mysteriously, who wants the results of the scientific tests, and for what purpose?The Vast Unknownis, on one level, a harrowing, character-driven account of the climb itself and its legendary team of alternately inspiring, troubled, and tragic climbers who suffer injuries, a near mutiny, and death on the mountain. It is also an examination of the profound sway the expedition had over the American consciousness and sense of identity during a time when the country was floundering. And it is an investigation of the expedition's little-known secret motivation: to reconnoiter the region for the placement of a CIA surveillance device on the Himalayan peak of Nanda Devi, to spy into China where Defense Intelligence believed a nuclear facility was being built.

Cast of Characters
Preface
Map
Prologue
Dragons at Play
A Vertical Playground
From Dartmouth Dorms to Teton Tents
A Distant Vision
Entering the Arena
Acceptance and Invitations
Beyond the Tetons
Scientists and Shrinks
A Trial Run … or Hike
To the Other Side of the Earth
Convergences and Close Calls
Treading a Path Between India and China
Goals and Roles
Intersecting Worlds
Words from on High
The Vast Unknown
Long Live the Crow
Taming the Beast
Uncertainty
Retreat in Victory
Synchronized Climbing
A Wild Idea
A One-Way Round Trip
The Vast Unknown
A Biblical Calm
Cherishing Mystery
The Vigorous Life
The Bliss-Giving Goddess
Transitions
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Further Reading and References
Index

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