This is a riveting account of the Mt. Everest disaster back in the '80s. It provides a wealth of information about climbs of this type as well as the physical tolls on the climbers.The only reason I've rated it a 3 is because I question the motive of the author in writing the story. The fact that I'm uncertain is his doing. Was he trying to convince me he did all he could do on that climb? I wish he had faced this question dead on.