Alive: Sixteen Men, Seventy-Two Days, and Insurmountable Odds--The Classic Adventure of Survival in the Andes

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In October 1972 an aircraft carrying a party of Uruguayan rugby players and their friends took off from Argentina to fly over the Andes to Chile. It crashed in the mountains in dense cloud, and some of the 45 passengers were killed. The survivors soon realized, by listening to their transistor radio, that the search party had been called off because nobody could be expected to survive at that altitude in so savage a climate. As the days passed, weakened by starvation and sub-zero temperatures, they had to face the inescapable truth - that, in order to survive, they must eat the flesh of their dead companions. How these young men finally sent out "expeditionaries" to brave the Andean peaks and how, after appalling hardships, they achieved rescue and returned to civilization 72 days after the crash, is recounted in this tale of human courage and triumph. The author is a novelist whose books include "The Free Frenchman" and "On the Third Day".

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‘A great book… an incredible saga. Read’s accomplishment in recording a struggle both physical and spiritual is superb’ -- Philadelphia Inquirer

‘It is inconceivable to me that this story could have been better told… a masterpiece of narrative’ -- Graham Greene

‘One of the classic survival stories of all time – a story of the will to survive against impossible odds’ -- Daily Mail

‘Thunderous entertainment… a classic human adventure… a narrative of terrific and enduring significance’ -- New York Times

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Reissuing with a fantastic new cover to tie-in with the release of the book for Channel 4's LOST - this is a true story of what it's like to be lost, desperate & starving...

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