This is a competently condensed account of the first expedition to reach the top of Everest. Climbing methods, conditions encountered, organizational data, equipment and the personality of Hillary are kept in the spotlight. The writing is unadorned and there aren't the usual passages to be found in books for young and adult readers which attempt to deal with the psychology and near-mystical philosophy of mountain climbing. It's a shorter book than any of its many competitors. The writing has a steady get up and go about the men who went and got up the challenge peak. High adventure plus a low number of pages add up to circulation potential among the forced-to-read.