Sixteen Men, Seventy-two Days, and Insurmountable Odds-- the Classic Adventure of Survival in the Andes

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On October 12, 1972, an Uruguayan Air Force plane carrying a teamof rugby players crashed in the remote snowy peaks of the Andes. Ten weeks later, only sixteen of the forty-five passengers were found alive. This is the story of those ten weeks spent in the shelter of the plane's fuselage without food and with scarcely any hope of a rescue. The survivors protected and helped one another, and came to the difficult conclusion that to live meant doing the unimaginable. Confronting nature at its most furious, two brave young men risked their lives to hike through the mountains looking for help -- and ultimately found it.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2005
ISBN: 9780060778668
Branch Call Number: 982 .6 REA 2005
Characteristics: xiv, 398, 16 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps, ports


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SPPL_János Mar 21, 2018

The power of this classic account to engross and gross out readers remains undiminished by time. In 1972 a plane carrying an Uruguayan rugby team crashed high in the Andes, leaving them with scant supplies and nothing to eat but the unthinkable: their fallen friends and family. Investigative journalist Read interviewed the sixteen survivors, spinning their ten week ordeal and perilous self-rescue into a testament to human will.

Feb 13, 2017

The Miracle of the Andes is what the South Americans called it. In 1972 a group of forty-five passengers, including a number of young rugby players, chartered a flight from Uruguay to Chile, only the plane never made it to its destination. It crashed in the heart of the Andes mountains and all were feared lost. Rescuers didn't even know where to start looking.

Ten weeks later a lone farmer in the remote foothills on the Chilean side of the Andes mountain valley encountered two of the survivors, both exhausted and half-starved from their arduous ten-day hike through the high-altitude snowy terrain. They were desperately seeking help for themselves and the fourteen who were still alive up on the mountain.

Alive by Piers Paul Read is the authorized, true account of how a group of mostly young men, some of them barely adults, were confronted with a terrible tragedy and subsequently forced to choose between death and survival at a great cost. This is one of my favorite books of all-time and a must-read if you're interested in human vs. nature survival stories.

Aug 10, 2015

Great story of a group who defied all odds to survive!

carolynv Jun 24, 2010

This is one of my favourite books of all time! An incredible story of survival in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. A classic in the real-life adventure genre. You'll never forget this book!

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