This review is for the hardcover edition measuring 9 3/4 X 6 1/2 having 160 pages and LOTS of photos.
This book would have been more enjoyable had it been marketed as a coffee table size and style.
The photos are absolutely stunning and show the scale of what was accomplished.
The downside however is the title is "Ballooning over Everest" and from take off to landing comprises only 40 pages near the end of the book and of these 40 pages more than 20 pages are photo pages.
The first 3/4 of the book is planning, infighting, disputes and political squabbles about almost everything...even to the hiring/non hiring of wives and girlfriends and it reads just about as exciting as it sounds.
The flight itself was exciting but the biggest, by far, attraction of the book is the photos.
Had this been a large format book with a 'Just the Facts Ma'am " approach I would have happily have given it 5 stars but as it is here....too much in-fighting and high school-styled whining spoiled it.
If you can get it for a bargain-bin price....go for it, otherwise go to your local library.
Maybe some enterprising soul will re-issue it as a coffee table format book.