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The story of the famed large format cinematographer, adventurer, and mountaineer whose terrifying experiences on Mount Everest during the deadly 1996 season became the defining moment of his life. By 1995, David Breashears had already twice reached Mt. Everest's summit. Then he faced the greatest challenge of his life: to scale the 29,028-foot peak, hauling the giant IMAX® camera to film the large format film, Everest. In this extraordinary memoir, Breashears takes that perilous climb, during which 9 would tragically perish, and uses it as the linchpin of his life. As his fans will discover, there is an inextricable link between this enigmatic man's troubled childhood, his brilliant successes as a climber and cinematographer, and his courage and honor in the face of disaster.
©1999 by David Breashears (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.
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Alex Award Winner, 2000
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4 out of 5 stars
By Steve Anderson on 01-03-05

Good Book (but print copy may be a better choice)

I am a huge fan of so it pains me to say that this book might be better in print version for three reasons. (1)The narration is not so great (I wish Breashears had read it), (2) it's abridged (yuk), and (3) the print book has some good photos. With this said, the author has had a remarkable career in adventure filmmaking and climbing. And unlike other "Everest" books, the author give a lot of detail about his early years and how he was introduced to climbing.

Breashears played an important role in the 1996 Everest tragedy. Without doubt, his decision to share precious bottled oxygen supplies with other teams saved lives, even though doing so risked the success of the multi-million dollar IMAX expedition that Breashears was leading. His portrait of the tragedy adds valuable insight that complements accounts written by Jon Krakauer, Beck Weathers and others.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gregory W. Evans on 05-07-05

Very Nicely Done

I had no problem with the narration of this book. I found the story line to flow smoothly, and it managed to maintain my interest most of the time...bogging down briefly a few times.

The section on the 1996 disaster on Everest, provides an interesting counterpoint to Krakauer's Into Thin Air.

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