Alive: Sixteen Men, Seventy-two Days, and Insurmountable Odds--the Classic Adventure of Survival in the Andes

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Alive: Sixteen Men, Seventy-two Days, and Insurmountable Odds--the Classic Adventure of Survival in the Andes

Alive Sixteen Men Seventy two Days and Insurmountable Odds the Classic Adventure of Survival in the Andes On October an Uruguayan Air Force plane carrying a teamof rugby players crashed in the remote snowy peaks of the Andes Ten weeks later only sixteen of the forty five passengers were found a

  • Title: Alive: Sixteen Men, Seventy-two Days, and Insurmountable Odds--the Classic Adventure of Survival in the Andes
  • Author: Piers Paul Read
  • ISBN: 9780060778668
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • On October 12, 1972, an Uruguayan Air Force plane carrying a teamof rugby players crashed in the remote snowy peaks of the Andes Ten weeks later, only sixteen of the forty five passengers were found alive This is the story of those ten weeks spent in the shelter of the plane s fuselage without food and with scarcely any hope of a rescue The survivors protected and helpeOn October 12, 1972, an Uruguayan Air Force plane carrying a teamof rugby players crashed in the remote snowy peaks of the Andes Ten weeks later, only sixteen of the forty five passengers were found alive This is the story of those ten weeks spent in the shelter of the plane s fuselage without food and with scarcely any hope of a rescue The survivors protected and helped one another, and came to the difficult conclusion that to live meant doing the unimaginable Confronting nature at its most furious, two brave young men risked their lives to hike through the mountains looking for help and ultimately found it.This P.S edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and .

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    1. Julio Genao on said:

      i read this when i was 14. totally scandalizedree months later i still couldn't sit in a chair without wondering what my own asscheeks would taste like if i ate them sashimi-style.

    2. Eve on said:

      "[The survivors] had neither sensationalized nor sentimentalized their own experience and it seemed important for me to tell the reader what they had told me in the same 'matter-of-fact' manner." –Piers Paul ReadI remember watching the film adaptation of this book when I was quite young, and being so impressed with the resilience of the human spirit, and the desire to live. This book surpassed the film, because Read did such a great job of involving the reader in the whole ordeal, including th [...]

    3. Hannah on said:

      In October of 1972, a chartered plane carrying 45 passengers and crew left Uruguay to travel to Chile. A majority of the passengers were made up of young men who were part of an amateur rugby team going to Chile for a game. Others included family and friends. Over the rugged Andes, the pilot made a fatal error, and the plane crashed into the side of a mountain, flinging parts of the tail section, fuselage, wing, rudder and even some passengers out over the desolate landscape. The survivors were, [...]

    4. Myrna on said:

      I was a little obsessed with the movie Survive!, the first version of this story when I was a young girl while my younger brother was appalled. I’ve also seen documentaries and the newer version of the movie Alive in the 90s. Now, finally I've read the book! I'm glad I did! What a shocking story of survival, courage, endurance, and spirituality. This book is tragic but uplifting in many ways as ". the ordeal in the mountain had changed their attitude towards lifeleft only with what they truly [...]

    5. Patti on said:

      Not gonna lie--I read this book because I wanted to read about how they ate the people. That is what hooked everyone to this story, isn't it? I saw the movie to see how they ate the people. It's what everyone remembers and why we remember the Donner party all these years later. Dude, they ATE THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!In the book, they had already eaten the first people by about page 70; the book is hundreds of pages longer. Huh, I thought. What are they going to talk about for the rest of the book?What [...]

    6. Jim on said:

      I read this when it first came out in PB, so many years ago, mid-70's. I'd give it 5 stars because I still remember it so clearly, but I never wanted to re-read it. It was well done, but pretty gruesome. Stranded for 10 weeks with not much else to eat but dead passengers (some of them team mates) injured, & cold. They tried a number of things, but finally 2 of them managed to walk out & get help. It's one of the most incredible stories of survival I've ever read.I wondered what happened [...]

    7. Dorcas on said:

      Haunting, haunting book. I read this too long ago to give a proper review but the account itself has stayed with me for years. Amazing story of survival against incredible odds. Not for the faint hearted but truly grippingNTENT WARNING: Some strong language and traumatic events. (And by that I mean, plane crash, avalanche, death and cannibalism)

    8. Lobstergirl on said:

      The story itself is rather astounding - after a plane crash high in the Andes, which killed most on board (and a subsequent avalanche which killed more), the remaining survivors lived for ten weeks on melted snow, human flesh and organs of the deceased (and bone marrow and even intestinal contents, squeezed out) and almost certainly would have died had not two of them climbed out of the Andes and found a neighboring valley and other humans, a trip which itself took ten days. Read competed with o [...]

    9. Brendon Schrodinger on said:

      I purchased this book looking for the facts and an account of the Fairchild Andes crash. What I got was an account, religiously biased, lacking certain facts when needed.Most of the passengers on the plane were related by being part of or supporting the football team of a religious institution. So of course prayer and the talk of miracles would turn up. But when selecting a writing to tell the story they selected a fellow catholic. I do not believe the author intentionally hid any facts, however [...]

    10. Missy on said:

      Wow, what an incredible story. I had seen the movie a while back and thought I knew what happened, but the movie doesn't depict half of what went on up there in the Andes. And the characters and their thoughts and struggles during their 70+ days out there is very intense. Along with what really happened from the parent's point of view with trying to get the gov't to send search and rescue people out, because nobody believed there could be anyone still alive, much less 16 of them. And what the pa [...]

    11. Catharine on said:

      One of the survivors in this book is quoted as saying that his experience of surviving following a plane crash in the Andes Mountains was the greatest experience of his life. All of the survivors suffered from severe cold, lack of food, and some had injuries,or infections, The test was severe, and yet, this young man could say that it was his greatest exprience. I think whenever we prove to ourselves how much we can handle, we grow and we can look back and say that the hardship, whatever it was, [...]

    12. Judy on said:

      This book has to be one of the best examples of an author able to relate an account containing culturally taboo subject matter without judgment or sensationalism. Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors recounts the survival story of a rugby team whose plane crashes in the Andes Mountains. Those who live find themselves confronted with awful choices that no human would want to make. Given up for dead by most of the world and even some of their families, they exist despite little shelter from the [...]

    13. Jennifer Lynn Harrison on said:

      I had to sneak this from the school library as a young teen and read it since my parents wouldn't allow me to watch the film- until they caught me with this (good) book and finally relentede film was actually MORE disturbing than the book, IMO. (Also, as a side note-- I forgot that it stars Ethan Hawke!)--Jen from Quebec :0)

    14. Jennifer Jacobs on said:

      If you could read just 10 books in rest of your life,this book is worthy of being one of them!This is a book based on reality that shook the conscience of the world in 1970s and even after almost 40 years past the incident,the book makes such a compelling reading!A football team hires a chartered Plane to play a friendly match across the Andes,due to co-piolt's mistake the plane crashes and our story begins,how they managed to survive is one of the all time great stories of them all!They don't h [...]

    15. Brenda on said:

      On Friday, Oct. 13, 1972 a Fairchild F-227 chartered from the Uruguayan Air Force, carrying a young amateur rugby team and their families and friends from Uruguay slammed into the middle of the Andes Mountains east of Chile. They had left home with much excitement on Oct 12th, but reports of bad weather in the Andes had put them down for an overnight stay in Mendoza. Most of the young men, with an average age of just 19, had never flown before, never been away from home, so they were extemely ex [...]

    16. Corinne on said:

      When you know from the beginning of a book that a plane full of young Rugby players crash lands in the snowy Andes mountains, and yet somehow some of those boys survive for weeks and weeks - you know it's not going to be a pretty story. And it's not. It's survival at its grittiest core, what do we humans really need to stay alive? Their story is told in an incredibly straightforward, almost newspaper-story type narrative. There's no real emotion. There's no flowery speech. It's just as true of a [...]

    17. Andy on said:

      One of my two favorite books. (The other is To Kill a Mockingbird.) I read this three summers in a row as a teenager, and probably another three times as an adult. And if I live long enough I will read it as many times again. It's simply the greatest survival story ever. I would read this book on camping trips in 90+ degree temperatures, and it would never fail to whisk me away to the Andes.Here are my only two complaints. First, I always skip the first chapter, which concerns the history of Uru [...]

    18. Rebecca McNutt on said:

      This was the frightening yet amazing true story of a team of rugby players trying to survive in the mountains against the dangers present. Only sixteen survived and were able to tell their story.

    19. Nicole on said:

      70 Tage an der Schwelle des Todes: nach einem Flugzeugabsturz über den Anden befinden sich die überlebenden Passagiere in einer bedrohlichen Grenzsituation. Ohne Nahrung und Hilfsmittel trotzen sie den Naturgewalten. Ein eiserner Lebenswille beseelt die Männer und Frauen, und sie führen gemeinsam einen Überlebenskampf, der jede menschliche Vorstellungskraft übersteigt.Obwohl man die Geschichte dieses schrecklichen Ereignisses aus den Medien bereits kennt, war das Lesen dieses Tatsachenberi [...]

    20. Sam on said:

      Interesting, sad, and captivating. I had to read this for class in my senior year of high school. I have always been interested in books like these, of pure survival at all costs and the souls desperate scrabble to live. These men did what it took, and while it wrenched my stomach, as did many others, I understand why.

    21. Melanie on said:

      The story is definitely one to read. I often get annoyed with the drive-by media coverages of current events; I always want to know the whole story, including what lead up to certain decisions and what happens after they were rescued. The media doesn't usually follow stories in such detail. This book gives me all of that. I would change a few things about the way it is actually written, and add some things to keep straight who is who and what happened to them, but otherwise, it's a good read.I'v [...]

    22. Austin on said:

      This book is one of those novels that you will never forget. It is a phenomenal writing piece based on a rugby team whose plane crashed when flying over the Andes Mountains. They were stuck in these mountains for over ten weeks. Forty five passengers and the crew were on the plane before it crashed, and only sixteen of the passengers left the mountain alive. This book will go down as one of my all-time favorite novels in the entire world. Since it is a survival story, at any point in time someth [...]

    23. Cody Neal on said:

      The book Alive was a very good and interesting book. I liked this book for many reasons. One reason that i liked this book was because throughout the whole book, there were a lot of cliffhangers that were left by the author. THis made me want to never want to put down the book because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. This book was about a rugby team that was traveling to what i think was the Philippines, but i am not sure. So what they did is they chartered a plane that would hold [...]

    24. Walter Mendoza on said:

      Is an magnificent book, for a hard story, the story of rugby team from Uruguay, after your plane crashed on the Andes mountains in October of 1972. The story of the hope and fight for your lives. Masterfully written for Piers Paul Read, about the journey of survivors for save yourselves. They had to survive the elements, hunger, despair.The story of the determination of survivors to the accident for to be survivors. One of the best books I have ever read. Definitely I recommend this book.

    25. Mike (the Paladin) on said:

      I read this back when it was fairly new I would have thought that I'd retain more of the feeling I had at the time. What will anyone do when faced with death? How will humanity in general deal with starvation? I'd say "it remains to be seen" might be the lesson to be learned here.

    26. Patty on said:

      Whenever I can't drag myself to the gym or finish some project, I think of these men crawling out of the Andes fueled by "matchstick pieces of flesh"

    27. Heather Fineisen on said:

      This was an amazing story of survival and perseverance. It sometimes got bogged down in too much detail but overall it was a thoroughly engrossing read. Copy provided by publisher and NetGalley

    28. Zach Hogan on said:

      Imagine, stranded in the middle of the Andes mountains, surrounded by mountains, snow, the front half of a plane, and dead passengers. The memoir of this true story is Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read and it shows the true horrors of survival. In the introduction of the book, Read blatantly states his thesis. He writes, “This is the story of what they suffered and of how they remained alive” (14). This is exactly what he writes about in the book. Survival and suffer [...]

    29. Nayana Dumbre on said:

      Finally got around to sit down to read this intense book after having heard about it for a few years. Its a gripping incident & tale of survival under extremely harsh conditions, of moral dilemmas and of grit & determination of the human spirit. It was tough for me to put this book down.A must read, certainly.

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