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High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed

Kodas, Michael

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ISBN 10: 1401302734 / ISBN 13: 9781401302733
Published by Hyperion Books, New York, NY, 2008
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Glued binding. Cloth over boards. [8], 357, [1] p. Illustrations, black & white, and color. Endpaper maps. Bibliography. Index. From an on-line posting: "Michael Kodas, associate director of the Center for Environmental Journalism, has spent 30 years as a photojournalist, reporter, author and videographer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, the CBS Evening News, and many other domestic and international publications. His book, High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed, was named best non-fiction in USA Book News National Best Books Awards of 2008! In 1999, he was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage. In 2003 his environmental photography was honored with solo exhibition at Yale University. I For his environmental projects he has hiked the Appalachian Trail, circumnavigated Long Island Sound in a sea kayak, sailed as crew on the schooner Amistad, climbed on Mount Everest, and worked as a U.S. Forest Service firefighter." Very good in very good dust jacket. DJ has slight wear and soiling. First Edition [stated]. First printing [stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 69750

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Title: High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age ...

Publisher: Hyperion Books, New York, NY

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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"The perfect follow-up to Krakauer's riveting account of a perfect storm."
--Miami Herald

"Kodas's absorbing description of the narrow moral compass governing human interaction at the top of the world is bound to shock both armchair adventurers and seasoned mountaineers."
--Chicago Tribune

"(Kodas) discovered more deceit, thievery, and double-crossing among his climbers than you find in a Martin Scorsese gangster film. High Crimes is both an adventure story and an expos of a sport riddled with danger and corruption."
--Washington Post Book World

"Kodas's descriptions of the struggles confronting even the best-prepared climbers leave the reader breathless."
--Dallas Morning News

"[High Crimes] is hair-raising and lays bare the excitement and fear that face great explorers at the top of the world. . . . Well written, and as deftly plotted as the finest mystery novel, Kodas brings to life a disturbing picture of society at high altitude."
--Austin Chronicle

"Kodas does an excellent job exposing the ways in which money and ego have corrupted the traditional cultures of both mountaineers and their Sherpa guides. . . . His narrative is as hard to turn away from as a slow-motion train wreck."
--Publishers Weekly

High Crimes is journalist Michael Kodas's gripping account of life on top of the world--where man is every bit as deadly as Mother Nature.

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In 2004, journalist Michael Kodas joined local mountain climbers from home on an expedition to Mount Everest. He anticipated an exhilarating and arduous adventure among a group of like-minded idealists that he could report to his readers back in Connecticut. But on the Himalayan mountain, he discovered thieves, prostitutes, con men, and blackmailers. There were people who would do anything for a quick buck, or a guarantee of reaching the top. And some of them were on his own team.

Thieves stole equipment on which the team's lives depended, Kodas's life was threatened by one of his teammates, and a climbing partner was beaten unconscious by another in Base Camp. He returned from the Himalaya disillusioned. But a plea for help from the daughter of a mountaineer who vanished on Everest on the very day that Kodas had retreated from his own disintegrating team prompted him to return to Everest and uncover an underworld that preys on unsuspecting climbers on major peaks around the world.

High Crimes is a shocking expose of the dark underside of Everest: people stepping over dying climbers on their way up; unscrupulous con men who sell faulty oxygen tanks that leave climbers without air when their lives depend on it; drugs and prostitution in Base Camp; and people all but murdered in the cutthroat race to get to the top. Illustrated with incredible photographs and written with thriller-like pacing, High Crimes is a gripping and fascinating story.

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