In Mr. Wibberley's hands, the exciting story of a century of climbing history on Everest- from British discovery in 1849 to Hilary and Tensing's victory in 1953- takes on much of the thrill and urgency involved in the expeditions. Chapter by chapter, his concise prose tells of the men and incidents. Not until 1852 was Everest established as Earth's highest mountain and then not for another 50 years were any real attempts made to climb it. In 1913 Noel and Kellas made the first important failure, before reconnaissance began in force. Then the names that emerge are Mallory, Somervell, Irvine, even Wilson who tried it alone, and the ever present sturdy Sherpa porters and guides. The obstacles-weather, terrain, Tibetan permission and superstition, death- made Everest's own war against the men- and the battles, tough even in victory, make their tribute to the annals of mountaineering. Plus sales here.