Forever on the Mountain: The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering's Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Forever on the Mountain: The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering's Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.
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Could not put it down
This wonderful book takes a 40 year old mountaineering tragedy cloaked in controversy and settles the score once and for all. Rather than coming to conclusions and beating the reader over the head with them, the author painstakingly gathers all the evidence available from every source imaginable and lays it out. Each player in the 1967 Denali tragedy is portrayed meticulously, creating a fundamental connection with the characters that is rare in this genre. The story of the expedition itself is so incredibly riveting that it could stand alone; but combined with the author's courtroom attorney approach to the evidence it becomes impossible to put down. Part historical narrative, part investigative reporting, part thriller, this book does not just entertain; it sets the record straight on a tragedy that had been unfairly blamed on the expedition leader for 40 years. Like a modern day DNA test for an innocent prison inmate, this book frees the expedition leader from the shackles of the flawed analyses, biased investigations and cover-your-backside mentality that so characterized the early reactions to the disaster. I give this book 5 stars.