Killing Dragons : The Conquest of the Alps (Paperback)

Author: Fleming, Fergus

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In a riveting narrative of daredevils and eccentrics, Fergus Fleming gives us the breathtaking story of some of history's greatest explorers as they conquer the soaring peaks of the Alps. Fleming recounts the incredible exploits of the men whose centuries-old fear of the mountain range turned quickly to curiosity, then to obsession, as they explored Europe's frozen wilderness. In the late eighteenth century French and Swiss scientists became interested in the Alps as a research destination, but in the 1850s the focus changed: the icy mountains now offered an all-out competition for British climbers who wanted to conquer ever higher and more impossible heights, and explorers fought each other on the peaks and in the press, entertaining a vast public smitten with their bravery, delighted by their personal animosities, and horrified by the disasters that befell them.


Publisher Pgw
Mfg Part# 9780802138675
SKU 30864941
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0802138675
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 1.25T
"A diverting, popular history...."
"[T]remendously exciting....Fleming tells a ripping good yarn...."
"The feats of derring-do brought off by the pioneers of Alpinism are excellently described in KILLING DRAGONS, but no less fascinating are the character studies of those who blended nerve and guts with sourness, choler, jealousy and general crochetiness."
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Annotation This overview of Alps exploration shows how mountaineering started with the pursuit of scientific knowledge and became a dramatic competition between nations and individuals whose recorded exploits fascinated the public. Fleming records the major climbs and climbers, each with their own unique challenges, as well as the drama within teams of climbers. The author has done prodigious research and much of the book draws on the vast library of first person accounts of climbers through history. A New York Times Notable Book for 2001.
Editors Note A tense, riveting true tale of mountaineering in Alps chronicles the men and women who raced to scale these beautiful, and dangerous peaks, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Reprint.
Editors Note 2 A tense, riveting true tale of mountaineering in Alps chronicles the men and women who raced to scale these beautiful, and dangerous peaks, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Reprint.
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Number of Pages 0416
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Press
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