Paths of Glory (novel)
|Paths of Glory|
|Publisher||St. Martin's Press|
|3 March 2009|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
|Dewey Decimal||823/.914 22|
|LC Class||PR6051.R285 P38 2009|
Paths of Glory is a novel by English author Jeffrey Archer based on the story of George Mallory. It was published by St. Martin's Press on 3 March 2009. It claims that George Mallory, an Englishman, was the first to conquer Mount Everest — before Sir Edmund Hillary.
Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hillary, Neil Armstrong, and Lewis and Clark are among such individuals.
But what if one man had such a dream, and once he’d fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?
Jeffrey Archer’s latest book, Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man---George Mallory. Mallory once told an American reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, “because it’s there.” On his third attempt in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen six hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it still remains a mystery whether he ever reached the summit.
But only after you’ve turned the last page of this extraordinary novel, inspired by a true story, will you be able to decide if George Mallory’s name should be added to the list of legends, in which case another name would have to be removed. Paths of Glory is truly a triumph.
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The novel contains several significant factual errors, one of the most obvious being that the Grands Mulets mountain hut could be observed from Courmayeur.
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