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Al Alvarez

Al Alvarez is the author of Risky Business, a selection of essays, many of which first appeared in The New York Review of Books.

‘The grandest of the early Himalayan expeditions, and also the least eccentric’: the camp of Luigi Amadeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, and his team below the west face of K2, 1909; photograph by Vittorio Sella, ‘one of the greatest of all mountain photographers,’ from Maurice Isserman and Stewart Weaver’s Fallen Giants

Getting High on the Himalayas

Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes

by Maurice Isserman and Stewart Weaver, with maps and peak sketches by Dee Molenaar

July 2, 2009 issue

On the Edge

A Treatise of Civil Power

by Geoffrey Hill

May 29, 2008 issue

S & M at the Poles

Scott of the Antarctic: A Life of Courage and Tragedy

by David Crane

The Frozen Ship: The Histories and Tales of Polar Exploration

by Sarah Moss

The Last Explorer: Hubert Wilkins, Hero of the Great Age of Polar Exploration

by Simon Nasht

September 27, 2007 issue

The Best and the Brightest

One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stuey "The Kid" Ungar, the World's Greatest Poker Player

by Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson, with a foreword by Mike Sexton

The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time

by Michael Craig

March 23, 2006 issue

A Double Bind

The Jews of Britain, 1656 to 2000

by Todd M. Endelman

A Double Thread: Growing Up English and Jewish in London

by John Gross

December 16, 2004 issue

Making It New

The Short Sharp Life of T.E. Hulme

by Robert Ferguson

Wilfred Owen

by Dominic Hibberd

May 15, 2003 issue

Ice Capades

Barrow's Boys: A Stirring Story of Daring, Fortitude, and Downright Lunacy

by Fergus Fleming

Antarctica: Firsthand Accounts of Exploration and Endurance

edited by Charles Neider

Let Heroes Speak: Antarctic Explorers

by Michael H. Rosove

Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole

by Dr. Jerri Nielsen

The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk

by Jennifer Niven

In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic

by Valerian Albanov

Great Exploration Hoaxes

by David Roberts

The Mountains of My Life

by Walter Bonatti

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August 9, 2001 issue

High Rollers

Double Down: Reflections on Gambling and Loss

by Frederick Barthelme and Steven Barthelme

March 9, 2000 issue

Memento Mori

The American Way of Death Revisited

by Jessica Mitford

Grave Matters: A Lively History of Death Around the World

by Nigel Barley

The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade

by Thomas Lynch

September 24, 1998 issue

High Flier

Burning the Days: Recollection

by James Salter

January 15, 1998 issue

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