If you're a fan of survival epics, (Endurance, Annapurna, Into Thin Air, etc) you'll find this book to be REALLY interesting. I did. There are a few places where it gets a bit slow, but it's generally well-paced. And most importantly, the insights into the central question (who lives, who dies, and why) are fascinating and even instructive. Recommended for all fans of outdoor literature, and/or anyone who participates in outdoor activities. Enjoyable too.