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High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greedby Michael Kodas
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In the years following the publication of Into Thin Air, much has changed on Mount Everest. Among all the books documenting the glorious adventures in mountains around the world, and the unique perils and challenges of Mount Everest, none details how the recent infusion of wealth into the mountains is reacting with the age-old lust for glory to draw crime to the highest places on the planet, how a mountain??'s ability to reduce climbers to their essential selves is revealing villains as well as heroes, greed as well as selflessness. The change is caused both by a tremendous boom in traffic to the world??'s mountains and a new class of parasitic and predatory adventurer. It??'s likely that Jon Krakauer would not recognize the camps that he visited on Mount Everest almost a decade ago. This book will take readers on a harrowing tour of the criminal underworld on the slopes and peaks of the world??'s most majestic mountain.& nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; Some of the stories included here are the tragic story of Nils Antezana, a climber who died on Everest after he was abandoned by his guide.& nbsp; Also the author??'s own summit story, as he participated in the Connecticut Everest Expedition, which& nbsp; would never have followed George Dijjmarescu and Lhakpa Sherpa to the Himalaya had news of the couple??'s climb with the Romanian team the previous year made it to the United States. But as they neared the frigid peril of Everest, the charming couple turned increasingly hostile. Women on the team held little power and were instead threatened, stalked, and harassed before& nbsp; a final assault. By the end of the expedition, the three womenwith the team could not travel unaccompanied in base camp due to the threat of violence. Those that tried to stand against the violence, theft and intimidation found the worst of the peril they encountered on Everest had followed them home to Connecticut. Beatings, thefts, drugs, prostitution, coercion, threats, and abandonment on the highest slopes of Everest and other mountains have become the rule rather than the exception, and Kodas describes many of these experiences and explores the larger issues these stories raise with thriller-like intensity.& nbsp; & nbsp;
Kodas details how the recent infusion of wealth into mountaineering has brought about the age-old lust for glory. Through others accounts, as well as his own, the author illustrates the mountain's ability to reduce climbers to their essential selves--revealing villains as well as heroes.
"The perfect follow-up to Krakauer's riveting account of a perfect storm."
"Kodas's absorbing description of the narrow moral compass governing human interaction at the top of the world is bound to shock both armchair adventurers and seasoned mountaineers."
"(Kodas) discovered more deceit, thievery, and double-crossing among his climbers than you find in a Martin Scorsese gangster film. High Crimes is both an adventure story and an expos of a sport riddled with danger and corruption."
--Washington Post Book World
"Kodas's descriptions of the struggles confronting even the best-prepared climbers leave the reader breathless."
--Dallas Morning News
"[High Crimes] is hair-raising and lays bare the excitement and fear that face great explorers at the top of the world. . . . Well written, and as deftly plotted as the finest mystery novel, Kodas brings to life a disturbing picture of society at high altitude."
"Kodas does an excellent job exposing the ways in which money and ego have corrupted the traditional cultures of both mountaineers and their Sherpa guides. . . . His narrative is as hard to turn away from as a slow-motion train wreck."
High Crimes is journalist Michael Kodas's gripping account of life on top of the world--where man is every bit as deadly as Mother Nature.
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