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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (May 17 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684865459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684865454
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Tyler Dixon on May 2 2014
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I bought this book hoping to get another viewpoint on the 1996 Everest Tragedy that I first read about in Jon Krakauer's book, Into Thin Air. There is a bit in this book about that expedition, but the book reads more like an autobiography about the author. This was a little disappoint for me because it's not what I originally expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Isleifson on May 22 2009
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Overall this was a good book about one man's life in the mountains.He brings to the pages a passion most people would envy in their jobs.His discriptions of the places he has been and the climbs he has made are very vivid.As someone who is interested in everything Everest I really enjoyed his narratives of his climbs on the mountain especially his account of the 1996 tragedy.The only thing I didn't like was the author seemed to be a little self agrandizing at times.He seemed to like putting himself at the fore front of most expeditions regardless of his place on said expeditions.
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By Jona on June 1 2004
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High Exposure by David Breashear, is about his life experiences that indulged him into attempting and doing the impossible. Breashear's passion for mountain climbing and hiking is described through his adventures in Colorado, Tibet and other parts of the world.
Breasher's book is really good for people who are interested in reading inspirational books. David describes how he pushed his mind, body, and soul to its limits through his hikes and climbs around the world.
One thing about High Exposure that wasn't eye catching dealt with David's childhood and what influenced him to climb. In his book he explains what made him develop a passion for climbing but with little detail. It makes the reader wonder why didn't he use the amount of detail described in his experience across Tibet? Overall the book was very motivational. After reading the book, you'll just want to overcome any obstacle in life.
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By StevenJM on April 10 2003
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David Breashears writes a fascinating book on climbing that will appeal to those who climb, those who aspire to climb and those who live out their fantasies of climbing through others exploits. The book outlines his background and growth as a climber and describes his love for the sport from the time of his youth.
He touches on many interesting aspects of various climbs he has made but they are better understood by reading the book rather than a review.
The best part of the book is the story of his climb of Everest for the IMAX film and his participation in the attempted rescue of the climbers stranded there in the disaster of 1996. There are better books that describe the disaster itself (see Krakauer or Bokoreev for example). But Breashears interest isn't in describing the events of the disaster as much as it is in trying to explain the desire to climb peaks like Everest while honoring those he knew who lost their lives in the disaster. The tale is both fascinating and heart rending.
This is a book that's hard to put down. While it stands well on its own, a reader who enjoys the book should take a look at the film that came out of it (Everest can be found in IMAX - it's best version - but also in a very good video version) and follow up with two different views of the disaster by two people who lived it: "Into Thin Air" and "The Climb."
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This is mostly an autobiography of David Breashears. But since he was one of the rescuer in the 1996 accident, this book is also a very good first hand account of how that tragedy had came to be. Personally I like this book very much, because Breashears' writing was very inspirational. By examining his writing, one can't fail to notice that the author is a man with a genuine passion for the mountains; not to conquer them, but to be there.
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I developed a passion for reading true accounts of climbing Mount Everest when my brother accidently left his copy of "Into Thin Air". I then bought "Left for Dead" and "High Exposure". David Breashears' account is not what I was looking for in a book about Mt. Everest. He writes with passion about that which he knows best...himself. This is more an autobiography and discription of his life than adventure story. What I didn't like is his failure to explore why he climbs. He doesn't drag the reader into the kind of madness that propels you to the top of the world, it's more like he sits you in his living room and shows you his slides. If you want something more Jack London, read Jon Krakauer's books, all of them.
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The book focus on and has greater depth in the subject of climbing and filming. It felt a little too narrative and superficial sometime. One aspect I find lacking is the expression of his feelings and character. We know that David is not perfect, he admitted to be very demanding and could be rather explosive in temperament. But we do not get much insight on that but have to read between the lines to find out.
Strangely, he talked much about his father, who appeared to be just an unpleasant distant memory, someone he had little feelings, yet he hardly mentioned his mother and how close was their relationship. He said that he had a great time with Veronique when working side by side with each other and he worked her very hard, but no details to illustrate. His marriage failure told much about a man whose passion for the mountains was much greater than his love for his wife. There is no right or wrong, everyone makes choices and bears the responsibility of such choices.
This book is about how a man became what and who he is now. It has much details on how he climbed higher each time and how his skills evolved to be who he is today. But if you want to see the man beyond his achievement, you only get some clues, which only whet your appetite for curiosity. Maybe that's the angle of the book, to focus on how and what he achieved, than on anything too personal.
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