After reading Into Thin Air I wanted to read more about this tragedy. In one of the few epilogues in that book, Jon mentions Beck's book so I thought that I'd look it up. I got it last week and when I began the book it sucked me in. It was not quite as captivating as Into Thin Air but I think that is because he didn't focus on the tragedy much at all. He skimmed over it and then goes on to tell the readers how he got there (on Everest) and about his life in general. Even without the minute-by-minute detail (he states in the epilogue that he didn't do this because he felt the other books on the subject covered it enough) it is still a fascinating book and what Beck Weathers comes back from is still quite amazing. A definite must-read for the reader whom likes real-life drama.
Interesting account, told by Beck and his family. I was working at his lab in Dallas, when we received the call that he was dead...followed later by he's alive! I can certainly say, from working around him for 17 years, what a COMPLETE personality change this had on him- what a different person he was after! Inspiring book-
A very good true story of adventure and survival.
This was a really great book
I liked this book, although I wasn't fond of the writing style. Seemed to jump around too much, and I found his wife's input to be annoying (although I completely understood her feelings). I was more interested in the Everest part.
If you have read other books about the 1996 deadly season on Everest, you will also want to read about Beck Weathers personal views and experiences of the disaster. He adds some things only he could know about the story. I also found his accounts of other mountains that he climbed fascinating.