Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes

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$105.60
Publisher
Yale University Press
Publish Date
Pages
579
Dimensions
7.14 X 9.94 X 1.26 inches | 2.22 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780300164206

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About the Author

Maurice Isserman is James L. Ferguson Professor of History, Hamilton College. He lives in Clinton, NY. Stewart Weaver is professor of history, University of Rochester. He lives in Rochester, NY. Both authors are enthusiastic hikers and mountain climbers.

Reviews

""Fallen Giants" captures the spirit of Himalayan climbing. It is wonderfully written and will become an indispensable reference."--Charles S. Houston, co-author of "K2: The Savage Mountain" -- Charles S. Houston
"In "Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes," Maurice Isserman and Stewart Weaver share unforgettable stories of the history of the world's highest peaks and the climbers who challenged their lofty summits. Their in-depth research gives us unique insights into previously unknown controversies, mysteries, and dramas. This thoughtful book, from a scholarly perspective, introduces us to the greatest peaks and personalities of mountaineering. The new information, intriguing details, insightful interpretations and dry humor make this a must read for armchair mountaineers as well as all who aspire to the heights."--Arlene Blum, author of "Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life"

"Fallen Giants captures the spirit of Himalayan climbing. It is wonderfully written and will become an indispensable reference."-Charles S. Houston, co-author of K2: The Savage Mountain -- Charles S. Houston
"This will be the definitive history of mountaineering in the Himalaya, clear, free of jargon, and readable, and so thorough that it will not be worth anyone''s time to repeat this effort."-Nick Clinch, leader, 1958 American Hidden Peak expedition, and past president, American Alpine Club
"This would be a great first book to expose a reader to the amazing stories and sacrifices held within the body of mountaineering literature. Additionally, the historian, scholar, and collector will delight in the unique, in-depth look at the evolution of climbing, and its driving factors, in the Himalaya."-Greg Glade, owner, Top of the World Books
"Isserman and Weaver, both unassuming wanderers of high hills, have pulled off a great first ascent: a scholarly, grippingly readable history of Himalayan mountaineering that not only captures the tenuous essence of great successes and failures, but places the accounts of these climbs into historical context."-Tom Hornbein, author of Everest: The West Ridge
"In Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes, Maurice Isserman and Stewart Weaver share unforgettable stories of the history of the world's highest peaks and the climbers who challenged their lofty summits. Their in-depth research gives us unique insights into previously unknown controversies, mysteries, and dramas. This thoughtful book, from a scholarly perspective, introduces us to the greatest peaks and personalities of mountaineering. The new information, intriguing details, insightful interpretations and dry humor make this a must read for armchair mountaineers as well as all who aspire to the heights."-Arlene Blum, author of Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life
"This survey history establishes base camp for readers interested in the history of Himalayan climbing expeditions. Its strength lies in the way it puts each undertaking within the context of evolving styles of high-altitude mountaineering."-Booklist
"Heroism, death, and drama abound. . . . The author''s thoroughness and range make this hefty volume nearly encyclopedic in scope; the details on the ''how'' of climbing, the no-margin-for-error experience, and the bonus of Vittorio Sella''s unmatched photographs make for a great book."-Foreward Magazine (Outstanding University Press Books 2008)
?In Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes, Maurice Isserman and Stewart Weaver share unforgettable stories of the history of the world's highest peaks and the climbers who challenged their lofty summits. Their in-depth research gives us unique insights into previously unknown controversies, mysteries, and dramas. This thoughtful book, from a scholarly perspective, introduces us to the greatest peaks and personalities of mountaineering. The new information, intriguing details, insightful interpretations and dry humor make this a must read for armchair mountaineers as well as all who aspire to the heights. Arlene Blum, author of Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life -- Arlene Blum
?Fallen Giants captures the spirit of Himalayan climbing. It is wonderfully written and will become an indispensable reference. Charles S. Houston, co-author of K2: The Savage Mountain -- Charles S. Houston
?This will be the definitive history of mountaineering in the Himalaya, clear, free of jargon, and readable, and so thorough that it will not be worth anyone''s time to repeat this effort."?Nick Clinch, leader, 1958 American Hidden Peak expedition, and past president, American Alpine Club -- Nick Clinch
?Isserman and Weaver, both unassuming wanderers of high hills, have pulled off a great first ascent: a scholarly, grippingly readable history of Himalayan mountaineering that not only captures the tenuous essence of great successes and failures, but places the accounts of these climbs into historical context. Tom Hornbein, author of Everest: The West Ridge -- Tom Hornbein
?This would be a great first book to expose a reader to the amazing stories and sacrifices held within the body of mountaineering literature. Additionally, the historian, scholar, and collector will delight in the unique, in-depth look at the evolution of climbing, and its driving factors, in the Himalaya. Greg Glade, owner, Top of the World Books -- Greg Glade
"This book fills a void in the history of mountaineering, and it will appeal not only to climbers but also historians. The authors have done a prodigious amount of research."-John T. Reilly, Mount Saint Mary College -- John T. Reilly
"Fallen Giants is the book of a lifetime . . . an awe-inspiring work of history and storytelling. . . . Armchair mountaineers will give the book pride of place in their collections." -- Bruce Barcott "New York Times Book Review" (09/15/2008)
"It''s difficult to find fault with this exceptionally well-written tome, a must-read for any fan of climbing literature."-Kathleen A. Ervin, Failure -- Kathleen A. Ervin "Failure" (11/04/2008)