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We Die Alone by David Howarth
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Sep 01, 12

Read in August, 2012

I don't typically read much in the way of books based on history, but I stumbled upon this one in the bio of one of the Adirondack ice climbing pioneers I met this past winter, Ian Osteyee. Being that the title included endurance though, I figured I'd give it a shot.

The book was a quick read, with a seemingly impossible story - a real life "Where Eagles Dare". It's the story of a secret mission gone bad & the story of the single survivor's escape & fight to stay alive, all while Nazis searched for him.

I like not only that the main character somehow managed to keep alive after being in the cold, but that so many others in the story helped him. The whole time the character is up against horrible odds, but perservers, doing things one might not think possible under normal circumstances - cutting off his own frostbitten toes to stop the spread of gangrene for example.

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