In the spirit of Peter Matthiessen and John McPhee, McKay Jenkins interweaves a harrowing narrative with an astonishing expanse of relevant knowledge ranging from the history of mountain climbing to the science of snow. Evocative and moving, this fascinating book is a humbling account of man at his most intrepid and nature at its most indomitable.
About: A colorful history of humankind's relationship with a natural disaster explores Hannibal's loss of eighteen thousand men to an avalanche, Austria's use of avalanches as a weapon during World War I, and a recent tragedy that buried five young climbers in Glacier National Park.
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