Mistress of the Monarchy

Mistress of the Monarchy

Mistress of the Monarchy: The Life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster by Alison Weir
Ballantine | 2009 | ISBN: 0345453239 | EPUB | 3.16MB

Acclaimed author Alison Weir has been prolific with her books on English royalty covering everything from the Houses of York and Lancaster to the reigns of the Tudors and beyond. Now this remarkable historian brings to life the extraordinary tale of the woman who was ancestor to them all: Katherine Swynford, a royal mistress who was to become one of the most crucial figures in the history of the British royal dynasties.

Born in the mid-fourteenth century, Katherine de Roët was only twelve when she married Hugh Swynford, an impoverished knight. But her story had already begun when, at just ten years old, she was appointed to the household of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and fourth son of King Edward III, to help look after the Duke’s children. Widowed at twenty-one, Katherine, gifted with beauty and undeniable charms, was to become John of Gaunt’s mistress.

Their years together played out against a backdrop of court life at the height of the Age of Chivalry. Katherine experienced the Hundred Years’ War, the Black Death, and the Peasants’ Revolt. She survived heartbreak and adversity, and crossed paths with many eminent figures of the day, among them her brother-in-law, the poet Geoffrey Chaucer. Yet as intriguing as she was to many of her contemporaries, there were those who regarded her as scandalous and dangerous.

Throughout the years of their illicit union, John and Katherine were clearly devoted to each other, and in middle age, after many twists of fortune, they wed. The marriage caused far more scandal than the affair had, for it was unheard of for a royal prince to wed his mistress. Yet Katherine triumphed, and her children by John, the Beauforts, would become the direct forebears of the Royal Houses of York, Tudor, and Stuart, and of every British sovereign since 1461 (as well as four U.S. presidents).

Drawing on rare documentation, Alison Weir paints a vivid portrait of a passionate spirit who lived one of medieval England’s greatest love stories. Mistress of the Monarchy reveals a woman ahead of her time–making her own choices, flouting convention, and taking control of her destiny. Indeed, without Katherine Swynford the course of English history, perhaps even the world, would have been very different.

The House of God [Audiobook]

The House of God [Audiobook]

The House of God [Audiobook] by Samuel Shem
Tantor Media | 2011 | ISBN: 1452654417 | MP3 | 14 hrs 55 mins | 204.07MB


By turns heartbreaking, hilarious, and utterly human, The House of God is a mesmerizing and provocative journey that takes us into the lives of Roy Basch and five of his fellow interns at the most renowned teaching hospital in the country. Young Dr. Basch and his irreverent confident, known only as the Fat Man, will learn not only how to be fine doctors but, eventually, good human beings. Samuel Shem has done what few in American medicine have dared to do---create an unvarnished, unglorified, and amazingly forthright portrait revealing the depth of caring, pain, pathos, and tragedy felt by all who spend their lives treating patients and stand at the crossroads between science and humanity.


With over two million copies sold worldwide, The House of God has been hailed as one of the most important medical novels of the 20th century and compared to Sinclair Lewis's Arrowsmith for its poignant portrayal of the education of American doctors.


Lords of Finance The Bankers Who Broke the World [Audiobook]

Lords of Finance The Bankers Who Broke the World [Audiobook]

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World [Audiobook] by Liaquat Ahamed
Tantor Media | 2009 | ISBN: 1400161797 | MP3@128 kbps | 18 hrs 35 mins | 1019.39MB


It is commonly believed that the Great Depression that began in 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person's or government's control. In fact, as Liaquat Ahamed reveals, it was the decisions made by a small number of central bankers that were the primary cause of the economic meltdown, the effects of which set the stage for World War II and reverberated for decades.


In Lords of Finance, we meet the neurotic and enigmatic Montagu Norman of the Bank of England, the xenophobic and suspicious Émile Moreau of the Banque de France, the arrogant yet brilliant Hjalmar Schacht of the Reichsbank, and Benjamin Strong of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, whose facade of energy and drive masked a deeply wounded and overburdened man.


After the First World War, these central bankers attempted to reconstruct the world of international finance. Despite their differences, they were united by a common fear - that the greatest threat to capitalism was inflation - and by a common vision that the solution was to turn back the clock and return the world to the gold standard. For a brief period in the mid-1920s, they appeared to have succeeded. The world's currencies were stabilized, and capital began flowing freely across the globe. But beneath the veneer of boomtown prosperity, cracks started to appear in the financial system. The gold standard that all had believed would provide an umbrella of stability proved to be a straitjacket, and the world economy began that terrible downward spiral known as the Great Depression.


As yet another period of economic turmoil makes headlines today, the Great Depression and the year 1929 remain the benchmark for true financial mayhem. Offering a new understanding of the global nature of financial crises, Lords of Finance is a reminder of the enormous impact that the decisions of central bankers can have, of their fallibility, and of the terrible human consequences that can result when they are wrong.


The Making of the Atomic Bomb

The Making of the Atomic Bomb

The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
Simon & Schuster | 2012 | ISBN: 1451677618 | EPUB | 39.09MB


TWENTY-FIVE YEARS after its initial publication, The Making of the Atomic Bomb remains the seminal and complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan.


Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly—or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity, there was a span of hardly more than twenty-five years. What began as merely an interesting speculative problem in physics grew into the Manhattan Project, and then into the bomb, with frightening rapidity, while scientists known only to their peers—Szilard, Teller, Oppenheimer, Bohr, Meitner, Fermi, Lawrence, and von Neumann—stepped from their ivory towers into the limelight.


Richard Rhodes gives the definitive story of man’s most awesome discovery and invention. Told in rich human, political, and scientific detail, The Making of the Atomic Bomb is a narrative tour de force and a document with literary power commensurate with its subject.




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Great Operas

Great Operas

Great Operas: A Guide to Twenty-Five of the World's Finest Musical Experiences by Michael Steen
Icon Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1848314574 | EPUB | 5.53MB


From Great Composers author Michael Steen, a unique multi-platform project offering a royal box view into one of mankind’s greatest art forms. From the soaring heights of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle to the tear-jerking emotion of Mozart’s breathtakingly beautiful Don Giovanni, opera is one of the most powerful artistic forms mankind has ever created. It should also be the most enjoyable! Michael Steen’s The Lives and Times of the Great Composers was described as ‘hugely informative and deliciously gossipy’ by the Spectator.


Great Operas is his accessible and entertaining user’s manual to making the best of an opera – whether at home or at a live performance, interspersing the key facts with erudite commentary from a man for whom opera is a lifetime’s passion.


Great Operas will cover: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and The Magic Flute; Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola; Verdi’s La Traviata, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore and Aïda; Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and L’Elisir d’amore; Bizet’s Carmen; Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Tristan; Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, La Bohème, Tosca and Turandot; Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin; Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo’ Pagliacci; Gounod’s Faust; Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus; Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Britten’s Peter Grimes.


The Strangest Tribe

The Strangest Tribe

The Strangest Tribe: How a Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge by Stephen Tow
Sasquatch Books | 2011 | ISBN: 1570617430 | EPUB | 3.97MB


Grunge isn’t dead – but was it every truly alive? Twenty years after the height of the movement, The Strangest Tribe redefines grunge as we know it. Stephen Tow takes a second look at the music and community that vaulted the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, and Soundgarden to international fame. Chock-full of interviews with the starring characters, Tow extensively chronicles the rise of rock 'n' roll’s last great statement and contextualizes what the music really meant to the key players.


Delving deep into the archives, Tow paints a vivid picture of the underground rock circuit of tattered warehouses and community centers. Seattle’s heady punk scene of the late '80s gave birth to a rowdy and raucous movement, influenced by metal, but wholly its own. Seattle made its own sound, a sound that came to be known internationally as grunge. Tow walks the reader through this sonic evolution, interviewing members of every band along the way.


In 1991, Seattle’s sound took the world by storm--but this same storm had been brewing in the Pacific Northwest for a decade before it hit MTV. The Strangest Tribe is a reframing of this last transformative era in music. Not just plaid shirts, bleached hair, and angst, “grunge” is a word used to describe a rich community of artists and jokers.Grunge isn’t dead – but was it every truly alive? Twenty years after the height of the movement, The Strangest Tribe redefines grunge as we know it. Stephen Tow takes a second look at the music and community that vaulted the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, and Soundgarden to international fame. Chock-full of interviews with the starring characters, Tow extensively chronicles the rise of rock 'n' roll’s last great statement and contextualizes what the music really meant to the key players.


Penis Power: The Ultimate Guide to Male Sexual Health

Penis Power: The Ultimate Guide to Male Sexual Health

Penis Power: The Ultimate Guide to Male Sexual Health by Dudley Seth Danoff
Del Monaco Press | 2011 | ISBN: 0983199833 | EPUB | 7.38MB


In this revolutionary guide to male sexual potency, urological surgeon Dr. Dudley S. Danoff talks candidly to men and their partners about the topics they are often too embarrassed to discuss with their doctors. Dr. Danoff debunks common myths about male sexual anatomy, including questions about penis size, stamina, and libido. Drawing upon case histories from his thirty-plus years of medical practice, he presents detailed information and practical solutions regarding issues that affect most men at some point in their lives, including:


  • erectile dysfunction
  • premature ejaculation
  • performance anxiety
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • prostate and testicular cancer

Sections on pills and medical cures and a Frequently Asked Questions address safe approaches to a variety of common physical and non-physical problems affecting sexual performance. Dr. Danoff gives his honest take on the range of medical and non-medical options available. In chapters like "Maximize Your Penis Power," "How to Become a Superpotent Man," and "What Women Need to Know," readers will learn how to extend sex, delay ejaculation, and boost confidence in the bedroom--banishing stress and making sex a better experience for both men and women.


Penis Power is a user's guide to the male anatomy and the male mind. It's essential reading to anyone who has a penis or loves someone who does.


V is for Vagina

V is for Vagina

V is for Vagina: Your A to Z Guide to Periods, Piercings, Pleasures, and so much more by Robin Westen, Alyssa Dweck
Ulysses Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1612430430 | EPUB | 329.27KB


"V Is for Vagina answers more questions about your vagina, more conditions it might suffer from and more ways to obtain pleasure from it than you ever thought to ask. It’s a thorough — very thorough — examination of your friend and mine, the vagina."— Isadora Alman, MFT


Breaking the mold on women’s health guides, V Is for Vagina tells you the good, bad and time-for-a-trip-to-the-pharmacy truths. Covering everything from STDs and daily care to getting Brazilians and giving birth, this frank and funny guide will help every woman keep her lady flower happy and healthy.


Featuring the most up-to-date, medically sound views on every V-jay related issue in a handy A–Z format, including:


  • H is for Hormones The real scoop on hot flashes, libidos and everything in between
  • O is for Orgasm Everything you ever wanted to know about The Big O (how to give ’em, get ’em and make them even more intense)
  • P is for Pap What’s really going on during your annual exam and what you should never be afraid to ask your doctor
  • T is for Toys How to pick the most fun new accessories

Tantra: Path of Ecstasy

Tantra: Path of Ecstasy

Tantra: Path of Ecstasy by Georg Feuerstein
Shambhala | 1998 | ISBN: 157062304X | PDF | 2.01MB


Tantra—often associated with Kundalini Yoga—is a fundamental dimension of Hinduism, emphasizing the cultivation of "divine power" (shakti) as a path to infinite bliss. Tantra has been widely misunderstood in the West, however, where its practices are often confused with eroticism and licentious morality. Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy dispels many common misconceptions, providing an accessible introduction to the history, philosophy, and practice of this extraordinary spiritual tradition.


The Tantric teachings are geared toward the attainment of enlightenment as well as spiritual power and are present not only in Hinduism but also Jainism and Vajrayana Buddhism. In this book, Georg Feuerstein offers readers a clear understanding of authentic Tantra, as well as appropriate guidance for spiritual practice and the attainment of higher consciousness.


Sex Work Matters

Sex Work Matters

Sex Work Matters: Exploring Money, Power and Intimacy in the Sex Industry by Melissa Hope Ditmore, Antonia Levy, Alys Willman
Zed Books | 2010 | ISBN: 1848134347 | PDF | 1.41MB


Sex Work Matters brings sex workers, scholars and activists together to present pioneering essays on the economics and sociology of sex work. From insights by sex workers on how they handle money, intimate relationships and daily harassment by police, to the experience of male and transgender sex work, this fascinating and original book offers theoretical discussions as well empirical case studies, providing new ways to link theory with lived experiences. The result is a vital new contribution to sex-worker rights. The book will equip any reader with new theoretical frameworks for understanding the sex industry, challenging readers to explore the topic of sex work in new ways, especially its cultural, economic and political dimensions.


Unleash the Power of the Female Brain

Unleash the Power of the Female Brain
Unleash the Power of the Female Brain: Supercharging Yours for Better Health, Energy, Mood, Focus, and Sex by Daniel G Amen
2013 | ISBN: 0307888940 | EPUB | 4.7MB

From one of the world's leading experts on how the brain works, a step-by-step, practical program for women to achieve greater health, energy, and lasting happiness by harnessing the power of the female brain.

For the first time, bestselling author and brain expert Dr. Daniel G. Amen offers insight on the unique characteristics and needs of the female brain and a practical, prescriptive program targeted specifically for women to help them thrive. In this breakthrough guide based on research from his clinical practice, Dr. Amen addresses the issues women ask about the most including fertility, pregnancy, menopause, weight, stress, anxiety, insomnia, and relationships.

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
Random House | 2013 | ISBN: 1400069807 | EPUB | 2.63MB


From a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at The New York Times comes the explosive story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic. Michael Moss reveals how companies use salt, sugar, and fat to addict us and, more important, how we can fight back.


In the spring of 1999 the heads of the world’s largest processed food companies—from Coca-Cola to Nabisco—gathered at Pillsbury headquarters in Minneapolis for a secret meeting. On the agenda: the emerging epidemic of obesity, and what to do about it.


Increasingly, the salt-, sugar-, and fat-laden foods these companies produced were being linked to obesity, and a concerned Kraft executive took the stage to issue a warning: There would be a day of reckoning unless changes were made. This executive then launched into a damning PowerPoint presentation—114 slides in all—making the case that processed food companies could not afford to sit by, idle, as children grew sick and class-action lawyers lurked. To deny the problem, he said, is to court disaster.


When he was done, the most powerful person in the room—the CEO of General Mills—stood up to speak, clearly annoyed. And by the time he sat down, the meeting was over.


Since that day, with the industry in pursuit of its win-at-all-costs strategy, the situation has only grown more dire. Every year, the average American eats thirty-three pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and seventy pounds of sugar (about twenty-two teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese. It’s no wonder that twenty-six million Americans have diabetes, the processed food industry in the U.S. accounts for $1 trillion a year in sales, and the total economic cost of this health crisis is approaching $300 billion a year.


In Salt Sugar Fat, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter Michael Moss shows how we got here. Featuring examples from some of the most recognizable (and profitable) companies and brands of the last half century—including Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Kellogg, Nestlé, Oreos, Cargill, Capri Sun, and many more—Moss’s explosive, empowering narrative is grounded in meticulous, often eye-opening research.


Moss takes us inside the labs where food scientists use cutting-edge technology to calculate the “bliss point” of sugary beverages or enhance the “mouthfeel” of fat by manipulating its chemical structure. He unearths marketing campaigns designed—in a technique adapted from tobacco companies—to redirect concerns about the health risks of their products: Dial back on one ingredient, pump up the other two, and tout the new line as “fat-free” or “low-salt.” He talks to concerned executives who confess that they could never produce truly healthy alternatives to their products even if serious regulation became a reality. Simply put: The industry itself would cease to exist without salt, sugar, and fat. Just as millions of “heavy users”—as the companies refer to their most ardent customers—are addicted to this seductive trio, so too are the companies that peddle them. You will never look at a nutrition label the same way again.




AUDIOBOOK

Without Embarrassment

Without Embarrassment

Without Embarrassment: The Social Coward's Totally Fearless Seduction System by Michael Pilinski
CreateSpace | 2003 | ISBN: 1412013739 | PDF | 1.76MB


Harness the perfect High Status Male Attitude to create instant attraction in any woman that you please, by projecting the powerful Dominant Male Persona that she finds so irresistibly attractive.


The most important skill any man can possess is the ability to know when and how to approach a woman with romantic intent -- and to do so in a very classy way. Humans court with conversation -- both verbal and non-verbal -- so you must have an effective rap in order to capture the romantic interest of women, or you are dead, dead... dead!


But you can't develop any real skill in this area if your fear of being rejected blocks your ability to interact with women socially... to make mistakes, learn from them, and thus improve your game. So it's a good thing that...


A deep-seated fear of being rejected by a woman is a tough phobia to crack, but it can be overcome with specific knowledge and training. My 'Social Coward's Method' is a process that you can easily master and that will allow you to act free of the choking fear that you often feel when trying to meet women.


Without Embarrassment is not some "pick-up chicks" book that expects you to play a bull-in-a-china-store type of numbers game by hitting on every female in sight -- blow your ego to smithereens -- and leave the pieces lying all over the floor. Instead, it will teach you how to develop a kind of gentle, seductive intelligence that an amazing number of women (some that you wouldn't ever expect) will find absolutely charming.


A man who knows how it's done can set off mating triggers buried deep within a woman's subconscious mind. Powerful instinctual forces will then compel her to submit to what she perceives to be a dominant male. Seduction becomes an enjoyable pastime that you can play at your leisure once you understand these principles.


Overcome the mental 'shame & shyness' blocks that are holding you back from saying something clever and useful when you see a pretty girl... blocks that lie at the root of your rejection sensitivity.


Become skilled at advanced psychological techniques that will compel any woman to respond to your advances favorably -- so that you don't get rejected again and again and have to keep crawling back into your hermit shell!


Break the destructive cycle of rejection/self-castigation, over-thinking and other self-defeating behaviors that are holding you down socially... forever!


The Economist Audio Edition [March 9, 2013]

The Economist Audio Edition [March 9, 2013]

The Economist Audio Edition [March 9, 2013]
English | MP3@48 kbps | 9 hrs 23 min | 196.21MB


The audio edition contains word-for-word recordings of all articles published in The Economist, read by professional broadcasters and actors. It is ideal for anyone who wants to listen to articles while travelling, exercising or just relaxing.


The Economist is an English-language weekly news and international affairs publication owned by "The Economist Newspaper Ltd" and edited in London. It has been in continuous publication since James Wilson established it in September 1843. As of summer 2007, its average circulation topped 1.2 million copies a week, about half of which are sold in North America. Consequently it is often seen as a transatlantic (as opposed to solely British) news source.


How to Sound Clever

How to Sound Clever

How to Sound Clever: Master the 600 English Words You Pretend to Understand When You Don't by Hubert van den Bergh
A&C Black | 2010 | ISBN: 1408125099 | PDF | 2.03MB


This book contains a collection of 600 words compiled by the author as words you hear all the time, read in newspapers and THINK you understand from the context, but you've probably never taken the time to look them up and learn their correct meaning. Each entry is clearly defined and includes an example of usage. But unlike a regular dictionary, when you thumb through the pages of HOW TO SOUND CLEVER you'll immediately get hooked and think "oh, THAT's what it means!" With this entertaining and enlightening volume you'll be able to pepper your prose with intriguing nuance. By making these 600 useful words, like "agent provocateur" and "apparatchik", part of your vocabulary you'll be able to stand out in a crowd with your clear erudition!


Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life

Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life

Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life: You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty by F Batmanghelidj
Warner Books | 2003 | ISBN: 0446690740 | EPUB | 1.37MB


Asthma, allergies, arthritis, hypertension, depression, headaches, diabetes, obesity, and MS. These are just some of the conditions and diseases that are caused by persistent dehydration. But there is a miracle solution that is readily available, all natural, and free: water.


The Water Secret

The Water Secret

The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger by Howard Murad
John Wiley & Sons | 2010 | ISBN: 0470554703 | EPUB | 606.21KB


From one of the world's leading experts on health and skin care - a revolutionary guide that will help you look and feel ten years younger. He has been called one of the “Best Forward-Thinking Doctors” (Vogue magazine) and acclaimed as a “Beauty Genius” (Elle magazine). Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD is one today's foremost authorities on health and skincare, and his philosophies have helped men and women around the world look and feel as young and healthy as possible. With The Water Secret, Dr. Murad shares a new, scientifically proven strategy, cultivated over years of practice and treating over 50,000 patients, to help you look and feel better from the inside out.


The Water Secret will:


  • Reveal groundbreaking secrets to help you take years off your looks, feel better and healthier
  • Debunk health myths through cutting-edge research and tell the truth about how inflammation, hydration, and other factors really affect your health
  • Explain how damaged cells that leak water can sabotage your looks
  • Introduces an integrated, multidisciplinary "Inclusive Health" approach to help optimize cellular strength
  • Give you a complete 10-step action plan with recipes and meal plans to start you on the path to clear skin, fewer wrinkles, more energy, and better overall health

Discover The Water Secret and learn to take control of the process of aging by improving the health of every cell in the body. Begin the program and you will see and feel the difference your healthy new lifestyle will make in as soon as one week!


Jihad in the West

Jihad in the West

Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries by Paul Fregosi
Prometheus Books | 1998 | ISBN: 1573922471 | EPUB | 2.73MB


Jihad, the Muslim holy war against Christians and others, has raged for 1300 years with bloody conquests in Europe dating from campaigns to convert the infidels in the 7th century to today's random acts of terrorism in the name of Allah. Yet this huge unrecorded 'hole' in European history has been censored and stifled by political and literary authorities who have feared reprisals from angry Muslims trying to hide a legacy of brutality vastly more bloody and six times longer in duration than the atrocities of the crusades. This is the engrossing factual account of the immense and little-known Islamic military invasions of Europe, and the major players who led them, beginning around 650CE.


The Islamic Arabs (and later the Moors) occupied a number of the Mediterranean Islands, and invaded Spain and Portugal in 711CE, and ruled over much of the Iberian peninsula for the next 800 years. France was attacked and invaded, as was Italy, and the European coasts all the way to Ireland and Iceland. The Muslims swept over the Balkans, besieged Vienna, and were intermittent masters of Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary into the 19th century, destroying the Byzantines, taking Constantinople (turning it into Istanbul). Ambitious and unrelenting, the Muslims also sought to conquer Austria, and Russia. In a bright and brisk narrative, Paul Fregosi's unique and provocative work is the first, and only, general history of the Jihad, the most neglected and disregarded phenomenon in European history.


The Last Man on the Mountain

The Last Man on the Mountain

The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2 by Jennifer Jordan
W W Norton & Company | 2011 | ISBN: 0393339971 | EPUB | 1.49MB


“A fascinating tale. . . . Readers who are into high-altitude adventure stories won’t be disappointed.”—Associated Press


In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first victim. Born into vast wealth yet uneasy with a life of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain and, in the opinion of mountaineers, an even more formidable challenge than Mt. Everest. Although close to middle age and inexperienced at high altitude, Wolfe, with the team leader, made it higher than any other members of the expedition, but he couldn’t get back down. Suffering from altitude sickness and severe dehydration, he was abandoned at nearly 25,000 feet; it would be another sixty-three years before the author discovered his remains. 16 pages of photographs; 2 maps.