Everest 1952, by André Roch. 72 pages of black and white and 8 of color photographs with commentary. Preface by Lt. General E. F. Norton, 9-page introduction by Dr. Edward Wyss- Dunant, map, and end papers. Geneva: Editions Jeheber, 1952.
The members of the magnificent Swiss expedition to Mt. Everest in the spring of 1952 should be proud of this handsome book of pictures which tells their story. The quality of the photographs is high and the book documents the human side of the expedition particularly well. Throughout, it gives the impression of close friendships and teamwork of the highest order. Dr. Wyss-Dunant’s introduction gives a clear account of the history of Mt. Everest and comments modestly on some of the accomplishments and discoveries of the Swiss. Though more text would be welcome, this is an important book, for the splendid contribution of the Genevan expedition to the British success in 1953 should not be forgotten. As on other mountains and in life, we climb upon the shoulders of the past.
Robert H. Bates