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This is an auction for THE ASCENT OF EVEREST by John Hunt *.

* Chapter 16 - entitled "The Summit" - was written by Sir Edmund Hillary.

This is the full text; not the abbreviated version published by Whitcombe & Tombs.

"An exceptionally lucid and consecutive narrative of a great adventure. It tells an epic story."
- Times Literary Supplement reviews:

"FIVE STARS!!!! When boys could look up to muscular Christian heroes, this book inspired countless suburban hearts to yearn for adventure, glory, and an escape from depression. Read it."

"FIVE STARS!!!!! I loved this book. I have read many Everest books, and this is one which I would use to replace the acres of "management" and "team building" books cluttering up bookshops. (Perhaps one other: about Shackelton's leadership during his abortive Antarctic expedition.) This book is old-fashioned in values, and style. It is about unfashionable concepts such as: absence of personal glory ('me-ism'). In this successful endeavour, accomplishment did not depend on tearing down what had gone before; it does not emphasise "the power of one", rather the contributions and power of many. It is redolent of trust, enlightened leadership, graciousness, reliability, collective spirit and ability. I found fascinating the detail of how the "assault" was undertaken."

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Hardback 1953.

300 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Some damage to the dust jacket. Otherwise, very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

Payment within seven days, please.
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  • tracked mail for Rural Delivery (RD)$9.95
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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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