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Freedom Climbers (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 20. Februar 2012

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"One of the most important mountaineering books to be written for many years." (Winner - Boardman Tasker Prize) "Painstakingly researched and well crafted, this remarkable book acknowledges the significance of Polish mountaineers during the golden age of Himalayan exploration. Fascinating." (ANDY CAVE)"

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Bernadette McDonald is the founding vice president of Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre in Canada and author of seven books on international mountaineering, including: Tomaz Humar (Random House UK, 2008); Brotherhood of the Rope: The Biography of Charles Houston (The Mountaineers Books, 2007) and I'll Call You in Kathmandu; The Elizabeth Hawley Story (The Mountaineers Books, 2005). In addition to the prizes scooped by Freedom Climbers, McDonald is the winner of numerous awards, including Italy's ITAS Prize for mountain writing (2010) and is a two-time winner of India's Kekoo Naoroji Award for Mountain Literature (2009 and 2008). She has also received the Alberta Order of Excellence (2010), the Summit of Excellence Award from The Banff Centre (2007), the King Albert Award for international leadership in the field of mountain culture and environment (2006), and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (2002).

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HASH(0x90177408) von 5 Sternen Excellent research 10. November 2011
Von John Amatt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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For those who have followed the amazing exploits of Polish Himalayan climbers in the climbing media during the last three decades of the 20th Century, this is a must read. It not only chronicles the amazing achievements of a dedicated band of Polish mountaineers, but it explains the hardships from which they grew in their home countries to become the most successful mountaineers of their generation in climbing the world's greatest peaks in the harshest conditions possible - winter expeditions to the 8,000 metre summits of the world's highest mountains. Bernadette McDonald's research is beyond peer, her access to her subject is exceptional, and her latest rewards, becoming the Grand Prize Winner at the world-renowned Banff Mountain Book Festival in November 2011, and the winner of the UK's celebrated 2011 Boardman-Tasker Award, is richly deserved.

John Amatt, Founder of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Everest Climber, Motivational Speaker and Author.
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HASH(0x90177708) von 5 Sternen Excellent 10. November 2011
Von Paula - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was drawn to this book for several reasons. I know and very much enjoyed the author's previous work, I admire Wanda Rutkiewicz and I have met Krzysztof Wielicki. I was not surprised to find the book well written and well researched. I was pleased, very pleased at how rich the story was beyond the mountaineering history. Having a glimpse into a life and time so far removed from one I can relate to, through the eyes of these great mountaineers was fascinating. The hardships they suffered in their homeland made the hardships of the mountains seem minimal and that is hard to believe. I have read so many of the names in this book at other times, associated with other climbers or other books due to the widespread Polish push during that time that it was fascinating to see these men/women assembled in a span of time so specific. I highly recommend this book for the love of mountaineering, the love of history and the love of a good read!
HASH(0x8f839468) von 5 Sternen Disorganized, but very compelling 20. April 2015
Von Kit M - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book was hard for me to rate. The topic is fascinating. The people that are the focus of this book are/were truly awe-inspiring. However, it was extremely difficult for me to acclimatize (see what I did there) to MacDonald's writing style. For a good chunk of the beginning of the book, I was having a hard time keeping people and facts straight. There's an avalanche (yes, I went there) of information that necessitates note-taking and charts, and as a casual reader, I neither had the time nor the energy for that.

This book falls somewhere around a 3.5/5 for me, but points are due and rounded up for making me feel! A lip quivered! In all seriousness, parts of this book (notably the second half) were amazing and had me unable to put the book down. The Polish climbers were truly incredible and in a league of their own. The details of their climbs had me thinking, "That sounds terrible," more often than not.

I'll end my review with a quote by Wanda Rutkiewicz that I feel is ever-appropriate:

“We should not presume to judge those who seek out danger on the world’s highest places or demand to be told the meaning of what they do. Simply, when they pay the ultimate price for their passion, we should remember them…”
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HASH(0x8f5936fc) von 5 Sternen history and climbing 19. November 2011
Von Jack Hearts - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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An extraordinary chronicle of the inimitables Poles' contribution to Himalayan mountaineering. There are many stunning aspects of Freedom Climbers, not the least of which is the utter thoroughness of the research. McDonald has managed to weave political history with Polish climbing narratives into a compelling page-turner. I was also often captured by an elegant turn of phrase, particularly near the end of the book where McDonald summarizes why the Poles dominated Himalayan climbing for two decades. McDonald is a fine, perceptive, clean writer and anyone interested in Himalayan climbing should read this book.
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HASH(0x8f6a9390) von 5 Sternen Fantastic, informative, read 8. November 2011
Von GPowter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Bernadette McDonald's new book is a superb history of one of the great moments in Himalayan mountaineering: the sudden rise of Polish climbers as the driving force on the big mountains in the 1990s. It's a very well-researched history, but it's also much more than that: it's a gripping study of a society in flux, of a people slipping economic and social shackles, and of the meanings that mountains can bring to a difficult life. This is a tale that's needed to be told for a long time, and McDonald tells it exceptionally well -- it completely deserved the Grand Prize that it just won at the Banff Mountain Book Festival. -- Geoff Powter, fmr editor, Canadian Alpine Jounral
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