Paths of Glory
By Jeffrey Archer
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312539511, 384pp.)
Publication Date: March 3, 2009
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Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary, Neil Armstrong, and Lewis and Clark are among such individuals.
But what if one man had such a dream, and once he’d fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?
Jeffrey Archer’s latest book, Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man---George Mallory. Mallory once told an American reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, “because it’s there.” On his third attempt in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen six hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it still remains a mystery whether he ever reached the summit.
But only after you’ve turned the last page of this extraordinary novel, inspired by a true story, will you be able to decide if George Mallory’s name should be added to the list of legends, in which case another name would have to be removed. Paths of Glory is truly a triumph.
Jeffrey Archer, whose novels and short stories include Not A Penny More, Not a Penny Less, Kane & Abel, and A Twist in the Tale, has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of more than 135 million copies. A Prisoner of Birth, his most recent novel, was a global number-one bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, and remained on the UK bestseller charts for over two months. The author is married with two children, and lives in London and Cambridge.