A DAY TO DIE FOR, 1996: EVERESTíS WORST DISASTER, One Survivor's Personal Journey to Uncover the Truth by GRAHAM RATCLIFFE

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Jon Krakauerís international bestseller Into Thin Air, acclaimed by many as the best in its genre, left the world reeling in astonishment at the worst disaster to beset climbers on the worldís highest mountain: Everest. His book sold in excess of four million copies in the US alone. The IMAX film Everest, which grossed more than $100 million in its first 24 months, covered aspects of the 1996 disaster, becoming the highest-grossing non-fiction film up to that time. Several other books were published and films made. But was the whole story told?

A Day to Die For reveals for the first time the full, startling facts that led to the 1996 tragedy. As a first-hand witness, Graham Ratcliffe spent the night of 10 May on Everestís South Col, at 26,000 ft, sheltering from the deadly storm that would claim eight lives. This is Grahamís incredible story of high adventure and of a very moving personal journey: his quest for the truth that would help him come to terms with the guilt he carried. For more than a decade, he had shouldered the burden of feeling that he and his fellow teammates could have saved lives that fateful night. So important to an understanding of the disaster were the authorís subsequent discoveries that they call him to question why such facts were not made public sooner.

His revelations rewrite the worst day in Everestís long history.

"It may have been the biting cold that eventually took these desperate souls, but it wasnít the storm that really killed them."
A Day To Die For

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