Alive

Alive

The Story of the Andes Survivors

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The #1 New York Times bestseller and the true story behind the film: A rugby team resorts to the unthinkable after a plane crash in the Andes.

Spirits were high when the Fairchild F-227 took off from Mendoza, Argentina, and headed for Santiago, Chile. On board were forty-five people, including an amateur rugby team from Uruguay and their friends and family. The skies were clear that Friday, October 13, 1972, and at 3:30 p.m., the Fairchild's pilot reported their altitude at 15,000 feet. But one minute later, the Santiago control tower lost all contact with the aircraft. For eight days, Chileans, Uruguayans, and Argentinians searched for it, but snowfall in the Andes had been heavy, and the odds of locating any wreckage were slim.

Ten weeks later, a Chilean peasant in a remote valley noticed two haggard men desperately gesticulating to him from across a river. He threw them a pen and paper, and the note they tossed back read: "I come from a plane that fell in the mountains . . ."

Sixteen of the original forty-five passengers on the F-227 survived its horrific crash. In the remote glacial wilderness, they camped in the plane's fuselage, where they faced freezing temperatures, life-threatening injuries, an avalanche, and imminent starvation. As their meager food supplies ran out, and after they heard on a patched-together radio that the search parties had been called off, it seemed like all hope was lost. To save their own lives, these men and women not only had to keep their faith, they had to make an impossible decision: Should they eat the flesh of their dead friends?

A remarkable story of endurance and determination, friendship and the human spirit, Alive is the dramatic bestselling account of one of the most harrowing quests for survival in modern times.
Publisher: North Salem, N.Y. : Adventure Library, 1996.
ISBN: 9781504039123
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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danielestes
Feb 13, 2017

The Miracle of the Andes is what the South Americans called it. In 1972 a group of forty-five passengers, including a number of young rugby players, chartered a flight from Uruguay to Chile, only the plane never made it to its destination. It crashed in the heart of the Andes mountains and all were feared lost. Rescuers didn't even know where to start looking.

Ten weeks later a lone farmer in the remote foothills on the Chilean side of the Andes mountain valley encountered two of the survivors, both exhausted and half-starved from their arduous ten-day hike through the high-altitude snowy terrain. They were desperately seeking help for themselves and the fourteen who were still alive up on the mountain.

Alive by Piers Paul Read is the authorized, true account of how a group of mostly young men, some of them barely adults, were confronted with a terrible tragedy and subsequently forced to choose between death and survival at a great cost. This is one of my favorite books of all-time and a must-read if you're interested in human vs. nature survival stories.

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alicat1
Aug 10, 2015

Great story of a group who defied all odds to survive!

carolynv Jun 24, 2010

This is one of my favourite books of all time! An incredible story of survival in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. A classic in the real-life adventure genre. You'll never forget this book!

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