To the Last Breath

To the Last Breath

A Memoir of Going to Extremes

Book - 2012
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In the bestselling tradition of Into Thin Air and Born to Run , Francis Slakey takes readers on a physical and spiritual journey to the most extreme points on Earth and deep inside the human psyche.

A journey to the most extreme points on Earth and deep inside the human spirit
     Before Georgetown physics professor Francis Slakey set out to climb the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean, he had shut himself off from other people. His lectures were mechanical; his relationships were little more than ways to fill the evenings. But as his journey veered dangerously off course, everything about him began to change.
     A gripping adventure of the body and mind, To the Last Breath depicts the quest that leads Slakey around the globe, almost takes his life, challenges his fiercely held beliefs, and opens his heart. The scientist in Slakey explores the history of Robert Falcon Scott's doomed Antarctica expedition, the technology of climbing, and the geophysics of waves. But it is the challenges he endures and the people he encounters--a Lama who gives him a mysterious amulet, a life-or-death choice atop Everest, an ambush at gunpoint in Indonesia, a head-on collision in the high desert--that culminate in a moving lesson about what it means to be human.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2012
ISBN: 9781439198957
Characteristics: 252 p. : col. ill., map ; 24 cm


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Jun 28, 2012

An incredible journey around the world. It isn't just about extreme climbing and surfing. It's about the stories around the events; of humanity, cultural diversity, struggles in the world, solutions and self discovery. It's an easy read and thought provoking. It's about one person discovering the interconnectedness of humankind and world events.

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