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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Although Yugoslavia managed to avoid becoming involved in WWII until 1941, German armies invaded in April of that year and the Yugoslavian defense collapsed in less than two weeks. The state of Slovenia was split up amongst Germany, Hungary and Italy. Partisan groups, under the leadership of Josip Tito, managed to liberate the state by 1945, and then began a period of rela ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 21st 2015 by RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
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Tina
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Všeč mi je bil popolnoma zunanji in precej objektiven pogled na slovenski alpinizem. Tudi vzponi so bili opisani precej tehnično, kar je dobrodošlo, kajti ko bereš knjige plezalcev samih, je običajno poudarjen predvsem čustveni vidik vzpona. Tako oboje naredi smiselno celoto. Ni pa mi bilo všeč pretirano opiranje na Pot Nejca Zaplotnika in nekateri citati so bili resnično vzeti iz konteksta, samo da bi podprli avtoričino trenutno misel. To se mi je zdelo nekoliko nepotrebno.
Mihai
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating account of the history of Slovenian high altitude alpinism, which was at the forefront of the sport of mountaineering for almost two decades, from the mid-1970s through the 1990s. Like all of author McDonald's previous books, Alpine Warriors is a compulsive read that sets the scene well through important geopolitical facts (which in the case of former Yugoslavia are critical), and presents the climbing personalities with just enough detail so that the reader does not get bogged down ...more
Ivan Kantardziski
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This is 280 pages of evidence why Slovenians don't belong in the Balkans and probably wound up here by some mistake.

As amazing they are as alpinists and as people, the book was a bit dull. It just didn't connect many dots or delve s bit into a topic from which it could extract more meaning. Also I found the historical explanations of WWII and postwar Yugoslavia simplistic.

Overall, a nice book to learn more about the amazing Slovenian climbing world and the Slovenian people in general which I adm
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Bill Leach
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Accounts of bold new mountaineering routes carried out by Slovenians during the 1980's and 1990's, where they were among the leading mountaineers of the world in terms of fast climbs over difficult terrain. Unfortunately, bold routes are usually higher risk routes. Six of the people highlighted in the book eventually died in the mountains.
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J
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
just skimmed it, too much detail
Camila Oyarzún
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesante historia de los alpinistas eslovenos y su forma de organizar y ejecutar expediciones.
Marko
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gorništvo
Zgodovina slovenskega alpinizma, podana skozi osebne zgodbe najpomembnejših akterjev. Odveč so (slovenskemu bralcu) zgolj odstavki z zgodovino Jugoslavije, ki z osrednjo zgodbo nimajo neposredne povezave.
Matic Sket
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mountains, real-life
Neka sredina, ni "ful dobra" in tudi ni "za en k*rac."
Tako na kratko opise podvige Alpskih bojevnikov v vseh mogocnih gorah Sveta.
Za kaksne bolj podrobne poglede v same ekspidicije, pa je bolje prebrati knjige ki so jih spisali sami junaki, tako imenovani Alpski bojevniki.
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Klemen Kocevar
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Interesting outside biography of Slovenian alpinism
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