The World Beneath Their Feet: Mountaineering, Madness, and the Deadly Race to Summit the Himalayas


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Little Brown and Company
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6.4 X 9.4 X 1.5 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

Scott Ellsworth is the New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Game, which was the winner of the 2016 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. He has written about American history for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Formerly a historian at the Smithsonian Institution, he is the author of Death in a Promised Land, his groundbreaking account of the 1921 Tulsa race riot. He lives with his wife and twin sons in Ann Arbor, where he teaches at the University of Michigan.


"An exceptional account of trailblazing mountaineers who persevered during a turbulent time in history." --Booklist
"Vivid, novelistic prose."--Kirkus
"In his lively new book, The World Beneath Their Feet, Scott Ellsworth profiles the single-minded climbers who scaled the Himalayas' tallest peaks in the 1930s...a gripping history."--The Economist
"Like if Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air met Lauren Hillenbrand's Unbroken, it's an inviting and engrossing read."--Sports Illustrated
"Beautifully written."--Michigan Daily
"An excellent overview of mountaineering and exploration that will appeal to mountaineers and armchair adventurers."--Library Journal
"Mr. Ellsworth provides a chronological appendix of expeditions, a glossary of mountaineering terms and a top-shelf collection of descriptive endnotes. He has done excellent primary research, particularly with German sources... Mr. Ellsworth's revisionist touches help 21st-century readers see the Sherpas as individuals and give the traditional narrative of Himalayan conquest a fairer reading through the lens of imperialism."--Gregory Crouch, WSJ
"It is a fine piece of writing, filled with drama, courage, endeavour and, at times, it is easy to put oneself on the mountainside experiencing the freezing gales whistling round one's tent."--Soldier Magazine