The summit is at our feet

Last weekend I picked up a second hand (1954) copy of Annapurna by Maurice Herzog. For the uninitiated, this recounts the first successful summit of an 8000m peak, Annapurna 1, by a stellar French team in June of 1950. The book has gone on to sell over 15 million copies and is believed to be the best-selling mountaineering book in history.