A noteworthy review of Great Races from Booklist on October 1, 2019
With a narrative-driven tone and plenty of photos, both historical and contemporary, this entry in the Great Races series (8 titles) follows the pioneering progress of John Hunt’s climbing team that led to Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay summiting the highest peak on the planet. The author focuses specifically on this particular climb, describing the challenging conditions, slow progress, and previous attempts by other team members that laid the way for Hillary and Norgay’s eventual success. Occasional inset boxes and side bars offer additional facts, like the symptoms and dangers of altitude sickness, the history of the Sherpa community at Everest’s base, and common causes of death for Everest climbers. A glossary, source notes, and critical thinking questions round out this exciting chronicle of a ground-breaking journey.