In June 1950, a team of mountaineers was the first to conquer an 8,000-meter peak. Maurice Herzog, the leader of the expedition, became a national hero in France, and "Annapurna," his account of the historic ascent, has long been regarded as the ultimate tale of courage and cooperation under the harshest of conditions.
In "True Summit," David Roberts presents a fascinating revision of this classic tale. Using newly available documents and information gleaned from a rare interview with Herzog (the only climber on the team still living), Roberts shows that the expedition was torn by dissent. As he re-creates the actual events, Roberts lays bare Herzog's self-serving determination and bestows long-delayed credit to the most accomplished and unsung heroes.
These new revelations will inspire young adventurers and change forever the way we think about this victory in the mountains and the climbers who achieved it.
Bruce Barcott"The New York Times Book Review"Roberts uses the new revelations...to explore the tension between the demands of narrative, the duty of historical accuracy, and the fallibility of memory.