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Maurice Herzog is a French mountaineer and sports administrator, born on January 15, 1919 at Lyon, France. He was the first person to summit an 8,000-meter peak (Annapurna) in 1950. His accomplishment was surpassed only when Everest was summitted in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.


"Outdoor Classic" Winner of the 2010 National Outdoor Book Awards "The most influential mountaineering book of all time."-National Geographic Adventure "Those who have never seen the Himalayas, those who never care to risk an assault, will know when they finish this book that they have been a companion of greatness."-New York Times Book Review "Before Everest, there was Annapurna. Frenchman Herzog led the first summitting of an 8,000-meter peak, dictating his story because he had lost all his fingers to frostbite."-Sports Illustrated"While the ascent is thrilling enough, the harrowing descent . . . truly boggles the mind."-The Week

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