The World Beneath Their Feet: The British, the Americans, the Nazis and the Mountaineering Race to Summit the Himalayas

 
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The stories of the extraordinary men and women - the athletes, aristocrats, opportunists and oddballs - who launched the race to the roof of the world.

From 1931 to 1953, there was a race like no other. It was a race to the top of the world-a race primarily between Great Britain, Nazi Germany, and the United States.

Carried on across nearly the entire sweep of the Himalayas, it involved not only the greatest mountain climbers of the era, but statesmen and millionaires, world-class athletes and bona fide eccentrics, scientists and generals, obscure villagers and national heroes. Centred in the 1930s, with one brief, shining postwar coda, the contest was a struggle between hidebound traditionalists and unknown innovators, one that featured new techniques and equipment, unbelievable courage and physical achievement, and unparalleled derring-do. And death. One Himalayan peak alone, Nanga Parbat in Kashmir, claimed twenty-five lives in less than three years. Fuelled by deep national needs, the great Himalayan race captured the attention of the world. British superiority, German innovation, American determination and the wonder of Sherpas dominated the newsreels, radio broadcasts, books and magazines of the age.

The World Beneath Their Feet will bring this forgotten story back to life. It will resurrect what was, in fact, one of the most compelling international dramas of the 1930s, a saga of survival, technology, and some of the most breathtaking human physical achievements, and athletes, ever known, all set against the backdrop of a world headed toward war.

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The stories of the extraordinary men and women - the athletes, aristocrats, opportunists and oddballs - who launched the race to the roof of the world.

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Scott Ellsworth is the author of The Secret Game: A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball's Lost Triumph, which was published by Little, Brown and Company in March 2015. The winner of the 2016 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, The Secret Game was also named one of the Top Ten Books of 2015 by the Chicago Tribune. Ellsworth is a graduate of the Tulsa Public Schools, Reed College, and Duke University, where he received a Ph.D in History. The author of Death in a Promised Land, his groundbreaking account of the 1921 Tulsa race riot, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, while his work has been featured on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, CBS, the History Channel, and the BBC. He lives with his wife and their thirteen year old twin sons in Ann Arbor, where he teaches at the University of Michigan.

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