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The View from the Summit

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The View from the Summit by Edmund Hillary
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'Sir Edmund, he's worshipped, you know, as a god among the Sherpas.' Jamling Tenzing. The first man to set foot on the summit of Everest, the man who led a team of tractors to the South Pole, the man who jetboated up the Ganges from the ocean to the sky has, for the first time, gathered all the remarkable adventures of a long life into one volume. But there is more to Ed Hillary than this. He is also the man who repaid his debt of fame to the Himalayas by inaugurating a programme of school, clinic, airstrip and bridge-building in Nepal which, with his still active support, has gone from strength to strength over the four decades since he himself mastered the Hillary Step and led his companion Tenzing Norgay up Everest's final summit ridge. View from the Summit is a thoughtful and honest reappraisal of a life spent pushing human ability to its limits and relishing the challenges thrown down by the elements. It is also the story of a man whom the world has taken to its heart.

Kirkus Reviews UK Although the world sees the first man to reach the summit of Everest as a hero, Hillary nevertheless sees himself as a person of modest abilities and humble origins, and this perception of himself is reinforced throughout his account of his own life. Hillary's achievement plays only a small part in his life, and he went on to lead part of the trans-Antarctic expedition and serve as New Zealand's high commissioner in India. He has worked over the years to provide schools, bridges and clinics for the Nepalese, although he is as modest about this aspect of his life's work as he is outspoken about the shortcomings of the expeditions with which he has been involved, and reticent about the tragic loss of his first wife and youngest child. Hillary may not be a stylish prose writer but his autobiography provides a unique perspective on one of the great heroes of the 20th century. (Kirkus UK)
Release date Australia
April 1st, 2003
Contributor
Edited by Tom Scott
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Corgi Books
Pages
416
Dimensions
127x198x26
ISBN-13
9780552151047
Product ID
1733173

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