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Alive: The True Story of the Andes Survivors

Alive: The True Story of the Andes Survivors
  

In 1972, a Fairchild plane crashed in the Andes mountains. Those who survived were hopelessly lost in one of the most isolated places on earth. This title exposes the inescapable truth and stark courageousness of how they lived to tell their story.

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ISBN 9780099574521
Barcode 9780099574521
Published 18 October 2012 by Cornerstone
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Read, Piers Paul
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Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9780099574521
ISBN-10 0099574527
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Arrow Books Ltd
Publication Date 18 October 2012
International Publication Date 11 October 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Read, Piers Paul
Category True Stories Of Endurance & Survival
Physical Geography: Mountains
Outdoor Survival Skills
Number of Pages 480
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 31mm
Weight 354g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text True Stories
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly;College/higher education
Dewey Code 363.124098
Catalogue Code 285570

Description of this Book

In 1972, a Fairchild plane crashed in the Andes mountains. Those who survived were hopelessly lost in one of the most isolated places on earth. After eight days of heavy snowfall, the rescue attempt was abandoned. Even if the plane could be found, the likelihood of the forty-five passengers and crew being discovered alive was unimaginable. Yet ten weeks later, a Chilean peasant caught sight of two emaciated men in a remote Andean valley. After finally persuading the incredulous authorities that they really were passengers from the missing plane, the two men led a rescue team to the site of the crash, the remaining fourteen survivors and a devastating tale of horrific bravery. Putting to rest the rumours and criticism the survivors suffered, Alive exposes the inescapable truth and stark courageousness of how they lived to tell their story. Weakened by starvation, extreme cold, and by the awful knowledge that the search had been called off, the survivors had to face the torturous reality of their situation: to live, they must eat the flesh of their dead companions...

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'One of the classic survival stories of all time - a story of the will to survive against impossible odds' Daily Mail 'It is inconceivable to me that this story could have been better told... a masterpiece of narrative' -- Graham Greene 'Thunderous entertainment...a classic human adventure...a narrative of terrific and enduring significance' New York Times 'A great book... an incredible saga. Read's accomplishment in recording a struggle both physical and spiritual is superb' Philadelphia Inquirer
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Piers Paul Read, the son of poet and art critic Sir Herbert Read, is the author of 13 novels and several short stories. He has received the Thomas More medal for distinguished contribution to Catholic literature for his book Alive. Read currently lives in London with his wife and four children.

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