True Summit by David Roberts
What Really Happened on the Legendary Ascent of Annapurna

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This text assesses the truthfulness of the book "Annapurna" by Maurice Herzog, who climbed the mountain in 1950 with Louis Lachenal. The author draws on many sources, including accounts from fellow climbers and interviews with Harzog himself, to provide a more realistic account of the events of the climb in 1950.

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David Roberts is a veteran mountaineer with extensive experience in Alaska and the author of a dozen previous books. His most recent books are The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mount Everest (with Conrad Anker) and A Newer World: Kit Carson, John C. Frémont, and the Claiming of the American West. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Published June 3, 2000 by Simon & Schuster. 240 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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A former true believer discovers that Maurice Herzog's best-selling Annapurna (a stirring, romantic account of the first ascent of an 8,000-meter peak in the Himalayas) left out some of the adventure's nastier details and some of the team's more rancorous moments.

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First published in France in 1951, Maurice Herzog's Annapurna remains one of the canonical works in exploration literature; Roberts notes that Herzog's account of his team's harrowing, ultimately succ

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