Alive

The Story of the Andes Survivors

The gripping true story of courage, adventure, endurance, and sacrifice.

By Piers Paul Read Read by Paul Ansdell Action and Adventure / Biographies & Memoirs / Nonfiction / Travel English, Unabridged 11h 12m Sell Sheet
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2 MP3 CDs Tue May 16 00:00:00 UTC 2017 29.99 19.99 9781520074436 Add to Cart
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Description
							On October 12, 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the forty-five original passengers and crew, only sixteen made it off the mountain alive. For ten excruciating weeks, they suffered deprivations beyond imagining, confronting nature head-on at its most furious and inhospitable. And to survive,these men and women not only had to keep their faith, they had to make an impossible decision: Should they eat the flesh of their dead friends? A remarkable story of endurance and determination, Alive is the dramatic bestselling account of one of the most harrowing quests for survival in modern times.
Reviews

"A classic in the literature of survival." - Newsweek

"Read has risen above the sensational and managed a book of real and lasting value." - Rolling Stone

"[Read] records a despair so real it seeps through the pages, while the narrative rarely pushes an image of straightforward heroism. These are recognisable human beings, not saints: peevish, petulant, prone to feuds, rage and selfishness. It makes their survival all the more moving, but what lingers are the moments of ingenuity, and the resilience of the human spirit." - The Guardian

"Read's style is savage: unliterary, undecorated as a prosecutor's brief...Alive is thunderous entertainment: I know the events by rote, nonetheless I found it electric. And important. Alive should be read by sociologists, educators, the Joint Chiefs of Staff. By anyone, in fact, whose business it is to prepare men for adversity." - The New York Times

"A masterpiece...it is inconceivable to me that this story could have been better told." - Graham Greene

#1 NYT Bestseller - Awards