With a new preface by the author As featured in the upcoming motion picture Everest, starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, and Jake Gyllenhaal I can tell you that some force within me rejected death at the last moment and then guided me, blind and stumblingquite literally a dead man walkinginto camp and the shaky start of my return to life In 1996 Beck Weathers and a climbing team pushed toward the summit of Mount Everest Then a storm exploded on the mountain, ripping the team to shreds, forcing brave men to scratch and crawl for their lives Rescuers who reached Weathers saw that he was dying, and left him Twelve hours later, the inexplicable occurred Weathers appeared, blinded, gloveless, and caked with icewalking down the mountain In this powerful memoir, now featuring a new Preface, Weathers describes not only his escape from hypothermia and the murderous storm that killed eight climbers, but the journey of his life This is the story of a mans route to a dangerous sport and a fateful expedition, as well as the road of recovery he has traveled since of survival in the face of certain death, the reclaiming of a family and a life and of the most extraordinary adventure of all finding the courage to say yes when life offers us a second chance Praise for Left for Dead Riveting a remarkable survival story Left for Dead takes a long, critical look at climbing Weathers is particularly candid about how the demanding sport altered and strained his relationships.USA Today Ultimately, this engrossing tale depicts the difficulty of a mans struggle to reform his life.Publishers WeeklyFrom the Trade Paperback edition....
|Title||:||Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest|
|Publisher||:||Bantam 21 September 2000|
|Number of Pages||:||467 Pages|
|File Size||:||667 KB|
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Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest Reviews
This book predominantly deals with the aftermath of the 1996 Everest tragedy and Beck Weather's slow physical and psychological recovery. The actual climb covers only about one quarter of the entire book while the remaining part of the text deals with Beck Weather's family background before and after the expedition. Hence, this book is much more of a personal account of Weather's life in the light of his miraculous survival than a report of the actual events of his Everest summit attempt.The part where he actually does describe the expedition is written in a style starkly contrasting any other book about these events I have read. While Jon Krakauer's account "Into Thin Air" is a well-written and detailed introspection of what the climber experienced and Anatoli Boukreev's "The Climb" an unpolished, matter-of-factly reconstruction of the events in May 1996, Weather's account is written in a much more casual tone and under no circumstances whatsoever short of black and self-depricating humour.Bottom line: readers looking for yet another person's perspective of the events in 1996 will be disappointed. Weathers renders an account of the long journey to himself rather than shedding more light on what had actually happened on the slopes of Everest on May 10 and 11.
Since so many others have gotten their 15 minutes of fame from this tragedy, and probably a lot of money as well, it is about time the most celebrated survivor weighed in with his two cents. His survival and recovery are indeed remarkable, but it is almost hard to care, because there is little about Beck that is likable. Some people can confess that they have behaved horribly and you then find them to be more likable; not so here. He sounds more self-serving with every "confession" of weakness, inexperience, and insensitivity to others. At times he almost seems to be bragging about how badly he treated his family, and how dumb his risky behavior was.I agree with other readers/climbers: there is little new material here about the climb. There are many more authoritative and well-written books about Everest, the tragedy, and climbing. This book is a patchwork of oral history from people who weren't on the mountain. What Beck can remember of the experience is summed up in a few paragraphs.What I cannot understand is why this dilletante thinks that (a) he had a right to be rescued by professionals, who would risk their lives to do so, and (b) why he so relentlessly slams those who were not willing to risk their own lives to save his. For instance, he rips Anatoli to shreds because he was not trapped in the storm with the others; instead he was back at Camp 4, making it possible for him to save three other lives. Had he been up on the summit, those three would have died. Also, Beck does not have a word of censure for the expedition leaders, who were responsible for decision making. And least of all, he sees nothing wrong with the fact that inexperienced amateurs like himself put others in danger. No one but Beck himself is responsible for his own mistakes and misjudgements, but those mistakes put others at risk. Mr. Weathers is quite selective about whose mistakes were forgivable and whose were not.
Of all the books telling the tales of the 1996 Everest debacle, I had hoped this would be an admirable entry. WRONG!. Not only is Beck Weather lucky to be alive, he is lucky to be published...what a tragedy in the publishing world. We now learn why Beck has a miserable life, he didn't care for his family and still doesn't, except to fill in some gaps in this drivel called a book to help him fill the pages he could not. Sympathy aside for his near death, Weathers proves over and over he should have stuck to golf or reading, not the mountains. He is what is WRONG with climbing wannabees...he hasn't a clue about safety, common sense or mountain lore. He cares more to drink bourbon at the end of the day than safety. He takes brand new out of the box boots to Everest rather than broken-in ones and proceeds to as Krakauer says, "chew his feet into hamburger." He climbs Denali before he even knows what the climbing equipment is called.Weathers is an idiot and can't write to save his life, which is a mystery why he lived to begin with...he climbed against all logic and wanted only tales to tell his drinking buddies. Save your money...and time, this book is "Better Off Dead."
It's hard for me to trash a book written by someone who survived the terrible ordeal that Mr. Weathers did. However, this is quite simply a dreadful book. It reads like a religious tract: man becomes separated from his family due to his obsession with (insert alcohol, gambling, work or mountaineering here), barely survives through miraculous intervention, and is a changed man from that day onward. Bleah! There's almost no description of climbing here. The Everest expedition is over within the first few chapters! Instead, most of the book is a long history of Weathers' childhood and family life; why this should interest anyone is unclear. We also get his family's reaction to his near-death and injury, and I'm sorry to say that his wife comes across as a shallow, controlling shrew unable to see anything beyond her own limited horizons. If you're looking for a book about climbing, adventure or the beauties of nature, avoid this self-indulgent tripe as you would the plague.