Multcolib My Librarian Tama: Mountaineering, adventure, and more
Annotation:In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.
Annotation:Why is the city-state better than the nation-state, why is debt bad for you, and why is what we call “efficient” not efficient at all? Why do government responses and social policies protect the strong and hurt the weak? Why should you write your resignation letter before even starting on the job? How did the sinking of the Titanic save lives?
Annotation:It's the spring of 1983 and a massive snowmelt causes the Colorado River to threaten to overtop the Glen Canyon Dam. Beneath a full moon a group of river guides secretly launch a small wooden boat just below the dam's base as engineers begin a massive release of water to avoid a dam failure. The captain of that dory, was on an unusual mission: his aim was to use the flood as a hydraulic slingshot that would hurl him and two companions through 277 miles of some of the most ferocious white water in North America. On MCL's Best of 2013 Science & Nature list.
Annotation:Gripping narrative of a climb gone wrong, set against the mountaineering history of the early twentieth century, the haunting background of German politics in the 1930s, and the hardship and passion of life in the Sherpa valleys.
Annotation:Tom Cheshire asks how three generations of one family achieved such extraordinary feats, often with the consensus against them. None of the Piccards set out to explore: Auguste was a physicist, Jacques an economist and Bertrand a psychiatrist. Was it fate, a famous family name -- or their explorer gene?
Annotation:Did you read Into Thin Air? I think most of Portland did. My book club read Buried in the Sky a few months ago and the vote was that this book was better. A stunning read by a Portland author. Its import is, sadly, even greater since the tragic death of more than a dozen Sherpa climbers on Everest recently.
Annotation:Before smartphones, before the Internet and before the personal computer, a misfit group of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws figured out how to hack the world's largest machine: the telephone system. Unfortunately for the telephone company, the network had a billion-dollar flaw. And once people discovered it, things would never the be the same.