A great read that describes in detail the background story of three British expeditions ( 1921, 1922, and 1924) to climb Mount Everest. Many of the team members also served in the trenches of World War One, and the author describes their traumatic experiences quite vividly. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the conditions these men endured while attempting to climb the world's highest mountain. The clothing and gear they had were primitive and not adequate for Himalayan climbing; it's amazing that more of these climbers didn't perish on these expeditions. It's a long book, took me about a month to get through, but I only average about ten pages a day.