Begining with the 1921 attempt on the summit of Everest through to the disasters of the 1990s, this work features 30 white-knuckle accounts of climbing endeavour on the world's highest mountain, with all the tragedy and triumph of humankind's striving for the top of the world, by those who know the "Death Zone" best - the climbers of Everest themselves. Yet this is more than a cherry-picking of great true and exhilarating memoirs of Everest. Included are the history of the conquest of Everest, and all the natural and cruel beauty of Chomolungma "The Mother Goddess of the World".
Jon E. Lewis is a historian and regular author and editor of Mammoth titles. His collection of first-hand accounts from history, The Mammoth Book of How it Happened, has sold over 25,000 copies in the UK alone. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife and two children.