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Category: Biography & Autobiography
In the first hours there was nothing, no fear or sadness, just a black and perfect silence.Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying—among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help. They struggled to endure freezing temperatures, deadly avalanches, and then the devastating news that the search for them had been called off. As time passed and Nando’s thoughts turned increasingly to his father, who he knew must be consumed with grief, Nando resolved that he must get home or die trying. He would challenge the Andes, even though he was certain the effort would kill him, telling himself that even if he failed he would die that much closer to his father. It was a desperate decision, but it was also his only chance. So Nando, an ordinary young man with no disposition for leadership or heroism, led an expedition up the treacherous slopes of a snow-capped mountain and across forty-five miles of frozen wilderness in an attempt to find help. Thirty years after the disaster Nando tells his story with remarkable candor and depth of feeling. Miracle in the Andes—a first person account of the crash and its aftermath—is more than a riveting tale of true-life adventure: it is a revealing look at life at the edge of death and a meditation on the limitless redemptive power of love.From the Hardcover edition.
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MIRACLE IN THE ANDES: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Journey Home to My Father Intense memoir of epic survival that both shocked and thrilled a worldwide audience.Piers Paul Read’s Alive was an international bestseller based on the 1972 ordeal of Uruguayan survivors of a plane crash high in the Andes mountains. Now Parrado, one of the members of that Montevideo rugby club, who was instrumental in the story’s outcome, sets down his personal recollections for the first time
- Nick Faulk
- Paul Jowett
Absolutely superb! A book of struggle and survival testing man kind to the ultimate edge of death
- Joy Hansen
Nando Parrado continues to be a source of inspiration since the early 70’s. He always has such a profound impact on my life.
- Adeline S
Extremely inspiring This beautifully written book describes in vivid detail the unimaginable hardship that the author and his fellow passengers suffered, and how they conquered it despite the overwhelming odds. I’ve read it twice and I’m still marveling at their amazing spirit, strength and resourcefulness. A very inspiring story.
- Ray Trudt
Superb This is probably the greatest book I’ve ever read. Buy it, read it, and read it again.
- OD D
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LibraryThing Review The story of the Urugayan rugby club who crashed on a chartered flight in the Andes in 1972 has been previously told in the book Alive; the Story of the Andes survivors by Piers Paul Read ( and in the
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