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The World Beneath Their Feet: The British, the Americans, the Nazis and the Mountaineering Race to Summit the Himalayas

The World Beneath Their Feet: The British, the Americans, the Nazis and the Mountaineering Race to Summit the Himalayas (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Ellsworth, Scott

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One of the most compelling international dramas of the 20th century and an unforgettable saga of survival, technological innovation, and breathtaking human physical achievement-all set against the backdrop of a world headed toward war.While tension steadily rose between European ...powers in the 1930s, a different kind of battle was raging across the Himalayas. Contingents from Great Britain, Nazi Germany, and the United States had set up rival camps at the base of the mountains, all hoping to become recognized as the fastest, strongest, and bravest climbers in the world. Carried on across nearly the entire sweep of the Himalayas, this contest involved not only the greatest mountain climbers of the era, but statesmen and millionaires, world-class athletes and bona fide eccentrics, scientists and generals, obscure villagers and national heroes. Centered in the 1930s, with one brief, shining postwar coda, the contest was a struggle between hidebound traditionalists and unknown innovators, one that featured new techniques and equipment, unbelievable courage and physical achievement, and unparalleled valor. And death. One Himalayan peak alone, Nanga Parbat in Kashmir, claimed twenty-five lives in less than three years. Climbing the Himalayas was the Greatest Generation's moonshot--one shrouded in the onset of war, interrupted by it, and then fully accomplished. A gritty, fascinating history that promises to enrapture fans of Hampton Side, Jon Krakauer, and Laura Hillenbrand, The World Beneath Their Feet brings this forgotten story back to life.
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ISBN 9781529307191
Released NZ 24 Feb 2020
Publisher John Murray Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781529307191
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher John Murray Press
Imprint John Murray Publishers Ltd
Released 24 Feb 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Ellsworth, Scott
Category True Stories Of Endurance & Survival
World History: Second World War
Asian / Middle Eastern History
Military History
Battles & Campaigns
Climbing & Mountaineering
Expeditions
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 32mm
Dewey Code 796.522095496
Weight 520g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Mountaineering - History - 20th century - Himalaya Mountains Region, Nineteen thirties, History, Modern - 20th century
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly

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