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1924. George Mallory is arguably the final nice British explorer, having two times tried—and failed—to overcome Mount Everest. The mountain has haunted him, yet his makes an attempt have captivated the hearts of a kingdom eager to repair its former glory after global struggle I. but George has sworn to his spouse, Ruth, that he'll now not mount a 3rd try out. he'll stay together with her and their 3 little ones rather than back hard the unreachable peak.
Then, one afternoon, Ruth reads a telegram addressed to George: “Glad to have you ever aboard again.” And with this one sentence, the lives of the Mallorys, and the face of the kingdom, are irrevocably changed.
A fantastically rendered tale concerning the want for redemption and the search for glory, Above All Things is an enthralling mixture of old truth and inventive fiction. it's a heartbreaking story of obsession, sacrifice, and what we do for romance and honor.
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