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Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide (Classique Us)
Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide (Classique Us)
von Eric A Meyer
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Useful, but nothing new, 8. Juni 2000
All the information in the book can be culled from the W3C, CSS specs, and other sources (including the browser inconsistencies), and unfortunately the book will be outdated whenever new browsers that more fully adhere to the standards of CSS2 are released. That said, I find it extremely useful to have the hardcopy of all this documentation all in one place, available for me to flip through quickly to find an answer.

The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
von Anatoli Boukreev
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Anatoli was a good climber, but a terrible guide., 8. Oktober 1998
Okay. The book is more or less a waste of time, aside from the fact that it does seem to cast at least a little doubt on the motivations of Jon Karkauer in his characterization of Anatoli Boukreev in Into Thin Air. According to the (obviously biased) book by Bookreev, most if not all of the Mountain Madness clients were happy with Anatoli and considered him a hero, Scott Fischer approved of and even was planning on Anatoli's rapid descent after summiting without supplemental oxygen, so that he'd be available to bring up tea and oxygen to anyone in trouble, and Krakauer knew all this and still went ahead and characterized him in a poor light.
That aspect of the book almost made me want to read Into Thin Air again, just to see how really slanted it was against Anatoli. Almost.
On the other hand, despite the inclusion of a letter Anatoli sent to Outside (edited heavily to make the English readable by some friends of his, including, presumably, the coauthor of The Climb, prior to its sending), in which Anatoli "extends a hand" to Krakauer in an attempt to sort out the truth of the tragedy while in the same letter attempting to refute Krakauer's characterization, the book comes down very hard on Krakauer, and indeed on Rob Hall's team in general.
Rob Hall's team is constantly referred to as too old, too out of shape, too inexperienced, too purely driven by money and whim and not by any sort of athleticism or mountaineering whatsoever. It upplays Rob's desire to summit as many clients as possible (a reasonable goal given his line of work, wouldn't you think) in an attempt to redeem himself from the year before, while downloaying Scott Fischer's own drive to best Rob Hall on his first attempt at commercially guiding the expedition. While Scott is questioned in the regard that he might have been "overly eager" to help his clients, and therefore caused his own death by sacrificing his own acclimatization while taking care of clients, the haphazard planning and lack of organization are barely touched upon. And while most of the comments by climbers are attributed anonymously ("a climber on the Mountain Madness expedition," or "one of Rob Hall's clients," etc.), any time Jon Krakauer makes a comment or falters on a hill, or makes a decision that at all effects anyone beside himself,
he's mentioned by name, and never once in a positive light. His decision to wear crampons would come into question if mentioned, I'd bet.
Then there's the end of the book. Fully two thirds through the book, the survivors are all down from Everest. There are (quite literally), an "Afterword," an "Epilogue," a "Return to Nepal," and a couple other "last words" in the book. That's n-1 too many. There's an inordinately long amount of time spent on how difficult the press was immediately after the tragedy, which is perhaps worth mentioning, as I'm sure they were brutal, but not a chapter's worth. I don't need to know about every interview Anatoli gave, if they could all be characterized as, "I didn't speak very good English, so I got frustrated that they weren't understanding me and I gave up." And they were all that way.
Then there's the trip up Everest for the country of Indonesia that Anatoli was the lead guide on... a sort of, "See, I survived the tragedy, unlike Rob and Scott, because I'm a better mountaineer. And see? One year later, I led another perfect expedition. I'm a god on this hill." Absolutely unnecessary in the context of the book. Were it a biography on Anatoli, I'd understand, but it's not, as it's missing 19 previous years of climbing experience.
Finally there's an account of the day Anatoli died (in an avalanche on Annapurna I, Christmas Day of last year). That, I think, is a fitting end for the book, and I agree with its inclusion. It's perhaps the most poignant writing in the whole thing though, which given the gravity of what happened on Everest, versus a freak avalanche killing too mountaineers who were not attached to a commercial expedition, sheds even more light on the bias of the entire work.
All in all, I took away the following: there was an enormous tragedy on Everest, caused by circumstances and bad decisions and the coincidence of both. Anatoli Boukreev was a tremendous mountaineer and saved a number of lives that day, IMHO because he was a _terrible_ guide. By that, I mean he was a great climber, and because he was interested in purely his own conditioning and progress the entire time, he was healthiest and best suited for the task when the time came. A lucky coincidence on a day full of unlucky ones, luckier still that he was brave enough to do what he did. Jon Krakauer definitely didn't bow down and blow Anatoli, but he might have been more charitable.

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