• Title: Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest
  • Author: Beck Weathers Stephen G. Michaud
  • ISBN: 9780440237082
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • Left for Dead My Journey Home from Everest 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 th
    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 stumbling quite literally a dead man walking into camp and the shaky start of my retAs 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 stumbling quite literally a dead man walking into 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 ice walking 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 man s 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 man s struggle to reform his life Publishers Weekly

    One Reply to “Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest”

    1. I was hoodwinked. I feel like the author conned me with a catchy title about a survival story then delivered his-and-hers complaints about a marriage where neither partner ever confided in the other, did whatever they wanted (he's off climbing mountains, she's "playing Russian roulette" with her birth control pills) and resented each other for it. The first 20% of the book is about him actually surviving Everest, and its not that great a story. Certainly a miraculous event, but I'm surprised at [...]

    2. Although I didn't really plan it that way, I read Beck Weather's book Left for Dead right after I read Lincoln Hall's book, Dead Lucky. The two books have some obvious and uncanny similarities. Both Beck Weathers and Lincoln Hall were left for dead just below the summit of Mount Everest, thought to be beyond all hope of rescue. Both were believed to have died on the mountain, and both of their families were told that. Both were apparent victims of particularly lethal years on Mount Everest, whic [...]

    3. I can't get enough of climbing memoirs, but Beck Weathers' book "Left for Dead" is not really that kind of book. It is, in part at least, the story of his remarkable survival in the deadly 1996 season on Mount Everest, where he was left for dead but survived.In his opening chapter, he describes himself as an "amateur climber," in my opinion someone who had not business being on Everest, and his book reads that way. It annoyed me the first time he described his crampons (essentially cleats that y [...]

    4. I was disappointed in this book. Don't get me wrong, I love to read books and watch TV program about Everest and the amazing people that decide to challenge the mountain, but this book just wasn't what I was expecting. If you are looking for a book that talks a lot about mountain climbing or his experience on Everest, this isn't the book for you. While he does talk about these things briefly, most of the book details Beck Weathers' life all the way from a child up to present day. It is narrated [...]

    5. Admittedly, I am a bit bias in my appreciation of this book. Meg, Beck's youngest child, was a classmate of mine and, at various points throughout my 8 years at Hockaday, a friend. When Beck came to speak to us at a school assembly, I remember crying and being in awe of his courage.Surprisingly, this book has only strengthened those initial responses. This is not the story of a hero. This is not the story of a family man. This is a story of each of us when we feel alone and misunderstood and the [...]

    6. This book is a hot mess. Is it his journey home from Everest or his autobiography? I sincerely do not care about his growing-up years in Japan. I thought maybe by starting off with the Everest tragedy it would play out the book in a more unusual, enticing way, but not true. And the excerpts of conversations with his wife "Peach" about their dating years had to do with Everest how? I mean I understand people may have wanted to learn more about the person behind this obsessive desire of mountainee [...]

    7. Plusy:+ emocje (widoczne zarówno w wypowiedziach samego autora, jak i jego żony, członków rodziny czy znajomych)+ różne punkty widzenia (widzimy reakcje władz, innych alpinistów, bliskich, itd.)+ opisy (m. tego, co działo się podczas wspinaczki z ciałem człowieka)+ prawdziwość (autor nie próbował się wybielać i otwarcie mówił o tym, jak traktował rodzinę przed i po wypadku, widzimy jasne i ciemne strony pasji)Minusy:- kilka nieciekawych wątków (moim zdaniem niepotrzebnie [...]

    8. I always enjoy reading Everest books, especially while under the warmth of my covers in bed :-) I really enjoyed how the author, Beck Weathers, injected his humor throughout the book, I found myself snickering which I rarely do while reading a bookI enjoyed reading the perspective from his wife Peach as well's amazing that she stayed with him. I also enjoyed the layout of the book.arting with the 1996 account, then going back in time to how he got to that point, then wrapping it all up with how [...]

    9. Things I liked about this book:-That it didn't try to be Into Thin Air. Many mountain climbing books spend a lot of time on the preparation, the carries between camps, etc which I very much enjoy reading. However, in this instance, all those logistics from the May 1996 disaster have already been covered in multiple books, most notably Into This Air. We know the outline of what happened. Lets be honest, the only reason I read this book was to hear Beck Weathers talk about what happened between Su [...]

    10. If you already collect 1996 Everest stories, you may read the whole thing. But if you don't, you'll probably want just Part One, which satisfies. The rest of the book becomes too much detail too late, and reads like filler to the audio reader: we don't need you to do voices for the same reason we don't need dialogue printed in different fonts and colors. It's annoying, and we get it that different people are talking.

    11. With the exception of one or two genuinely interesting chapters detailing the events that we all found so gripping from the spring of '96, Weathers dedicates the rest of the book in an attempt at contrition to his family, which stuck with him through the obsession that nearly killed him.

    12. To be honest, I skipped a large part of the book (part 3) - his getting into mountain climbing to escape his life. As others have said, after seeing the movie I was more interested in a first hand account (thus, my next book will be "Into Thin Air" ;) but this book spends way too much time on personal matters that I was not interested in. Also, even if you are interested in resolving marital problems, very little insight is given - just that they somehow, magically, managed. I think his wife mus [...]

    13. Mount Everest has teased and haunted me since my early 20s. For some unknown reason I was filled with a desire to climb that mountain after watching a documentary on PBS(?), approximately 3 decades ago. I wanted so badly to climb that mountain but the one obstacle that I couldn't overcome was crossing the gaping crevasses by walking across the aluminum ladders. The high altitude, thinning air and possibility of frostbite weren't a concern but putting one foot in front of the other on a ladder pa [...]

    14. 3.5 starsAs an editor, this book made my fingers itch. So much potential!When I read Jon Krakauer's account of the same disaster--"Into Thin Air"--I was touched by the story of Beck Weathers, the mountaineer people kept leaving for dead who stubbornly survived anyway. As soon I discovered he'd written his own story, I knew I had to read it, no matter how negative a lot of the reviews were.Beck's brief account of his struggle to survive on Everest and his recovery afterwards are riveting. As othe [...]

    15. Left for Dead is Beck Weathers account of his Mount Everest climb where he was (surprise) left for dead. He and a few fellow climbers got disoriented in a blizzard, but Beck managed to wake himself from a cold-induced coma and make his way back to camp. This is after he had been without food for several days and had ice in a thick layer covering his entire face because he was literally freezing to death. Even after he made it back to camp everyone assumed he was bound to die and he was left with [...]

    16. I had been debating with myself whether or not I should read ‘Left for Dead’ before undertaking my very first mountain climb (my trek will be much less substantial than the colossal 9,000 metre Mount Everest). However, after reading the enticing quote: “I can tell you that some force within me rejected death at the last moment and then guided me, blind and stumbling — quite literally a dead man walking — into camp and the shaky start of my return to life.” on the novels equally capti [...]

    17. This book is about a mountain climber who was climbing MT Everest at the wrong time. He was climbing it when there was a blizzard hit while he was in sub-freezing weather. He was left by the other mountain climbers thinking he was dead, but he survived.When I first saw this book, I thought I would like it. I thought it was going to talk about how he miraculously survived a bad blizzard 25,000+ feet in the air the WHOLE book. Turns out it only explained the event in less than half of the book. Us [...]

    18. Like many others, when I began reading this book I thought it was going to be all about his experience in the Everest disaster but when I discovered it wasn't just that but also followed his personal shortcomings with depression and his failure to commit to his family fully I was a little taken aback. However, having heard of him and his miraculous escape from both death and Everest in "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakaur I became intrigued about his journey back not only from the climb but into a hea [...]

    19. I found Beck Weathers' Everest story fascinating and enjoyed his stories of mountaineering and how he found his way through depression to mountain-climbing. The "aside" comments from family and friends were pleasant additions and offered insight and depth. I think the whole life-story could have been edited down considerably, and I kept looking for some additional summarized statements at the end of "what we learned from this", but all-in-all it was interesting and gave a great perspective on wh [...]

    20. I wanted to read this after watching the recent movie Everest.The title Left for Dead comes from the fact that the author, Beck Weathers, was indeed left for dead twice while on the Mount Everest expedition of 1996. Book includes pics scattered throughout the book. Includes sections throughout where his wife Peach, his children, extended family and friends express themselves. It makes the book more enjoyable and gives a more rounded picture to the story of Beck and his survival on Everest. Sad s [...]

    21. This was the book that I had been looking forward to reading since I first read Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster many years ago. The amazing survival of a man left out in the snow to die for more than a day, who got up and staggered back into camp on his own, is quite a story. The problem with this book is that I expected most of it to be devoted to that story, when in fact only 89 pages related to the 1996 Everest disaster.Beck Weathers is a selfish man. I'm not s [...]

    22. i really wish there was an option for half-star reviews, because this is more of a two-&-a-half star book for me. i am being charitable because the book wasn't quite what i expected, & although i was disappointed at first, i found the change in tone strangely refreshing. plus you can read the entire book in like two hours. or, i did, anyway this is another account of the may 19996 everest expedition that jon krakauer describes in into thin air. if you are looking for a really exhaustive, [...]

    23. Um dos piores livros desse ano . Muito raro um desgostar mais do Q gostar mais de uma pessoa em uma bibliografia ! Esse é o caso . O cara consegue se mostrar um completo imbecil durante o livro Q mistura suas histórias com DRs com a esposa e a morte por câncer do seu cunhado ! Mas eu queria saber da história do everest não dá morte do cunhado nada interessante ! Pois bem esse história é contada na primeira parte do livro e depois é só enrolação . Amantes das histórias de montanhista [...]

    24. It's pretty rare that my opinion of a book changes dramatically over the course of reading it. Sure, a book that starts off well can turn out to be less interesting as time goes on, or a bad beginning can be saved by an increasingly good plot. But it's far less common to be considering putting the book down permanently after 100 pages, then end up enjoying it immensely by the end. Such was the case with “Left for Dead”. After the first third, I thought it was poorly written and expected the [...]

    25. The harsh rating is because of a couple reasons. ( In the end I changed it to 3 instead of 2 stars because the good outweighted the bad).First, the account of the Everest disaster was covered in less than half the book and was extremely confusing. It was like Weathers would follow his train of thought wherever it took him. That was extremely evident if you - like I did- had read Jon Krakauer's book first. Of course Krakauer is a writer and Weathers isn't but I found myself so confused with Weath [...]

    26. This is a 4 and a half star book. I loved it, and had a hard time putting it down. It was one I looked forward to reading every night, and it didn't put me to sleep within 5 minutes like many books.This is the story of Beck Weathers, one of the survivors of the deadliest day in Mt. Everest history, May 10, 1996. Jon Krakauer is the survivor of that day who wrote, "Into Thin Air", which I have heard is a great book.This book may read like a magazine article and relates the story of why Beck was c [...]

    27. Beck Weathers, a survivor of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster describes not only his escape from death and unbelievable mountain rescue, but the journey he took to reconnect with his life and family.Okay well that synopsis is a load of crap. I cut it down to two lines because this book is nothing that it claims to be.I feel completely cheated by this book. Described as his journey home from Everest, I was really looking forward to reading about his time on Everest, his rescue, operations, rehabil [...]

    28. The climbing parts of the book were kind of boring for me. I enjoyed the parts about Beck & Peach growing up. However throughout this whole book, I was itching to slap Beck's wife -Peach. What a doormat this lady comes across as, maybe if she would have developed a backbone along the way, Beck might have stayed home and this book would be much shorter. The kids are who I feel bad for, between a spineless mother who won't stand up to her husband, and a farther who is so selfish as to think of [...]

    29. I decided to read this book after watching the movie Everest. I knew that when movies are based on situations, not everything is depicted. In this book, Weathers does a good job of explaining how he got there. 'There' being the mountain, the mindset, the guts to attempt Everest. I enjoyed reading his story and I really enjoyed reading the thoughts from his friends and family. It did a good job of making me think of more that just the ascent of the mountain and what happened. But why he did it, h [...]

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