I've read a whole bunch of books on climbing Everest recently, the first being Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. I've read too many on the topic recently, so it was good to finish with The Climb which is Boukreev's rebuttal to comments made about him by Krakauer.
This was a good read and gave an alternative view of the events on Everest on the infamous May 10th 1996, and there is no doubt that Boukreev single handedly saved numerous lives that night. However the book rubs me up the wrong way because of two things:
It continues to push Boukreev's view and experience, almost to the exclusion all others. Given that it's his book this is to be expected to a degree, but it gave the impression that there was only one story on May 10th 1996 and that this was that story. Of course, at altitude, there is no such thing as a single version of the truth as memories are jumbled and facts warped. This needs to be acknowledged by Boukreev.
Throughout the book, a number of comments are made "by members of the climbing party" that are unattributed. Why they are unattributed is beyond me - in a number of places quotations taken from post-climb interview recordings are marked as such, however most other quotes have neither a person's name or a source attributed to them. What are they trying to do here? Avoid a defamation lawsuit or similar? It just doesn't seem right to me.
Aside from these two complaints it was good to see another view of the events that occured, especially from the point of view of a commercial guide rather than a client. Recommended for anybody who has read Into Thin Air for an alternate take on the events and people involved.
Now, onto books about something that I may actually achieve in my lifetime :)