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Nanda Devi: The Tragic Expedition
John Roskelley

Wow. My first reaction on reading this book was amazement as to how dysfunctional this team was and yet they still managed to put people on top of the mountain. Other climbing expedition books often make allusions to similar types of disagreements on strategy and plan but this one really lays it all out in front of you. My second reaction was that there are surely two or more sides to any story -- this version of the climb was surely colored by Roskelley's own self-acknowledged aggressive personality and his bias/perceptions of what his team members were thinking at each step of the way. The second afterward from Roskelley describes a bit more of other team members' own reactions but it left me wanting to hear more from a different perspective.



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