To the Last Breath: A Memoir of Going to Extremes (Paperback)

A Memoir of Going to Extremes

By Francis Slakey

Simon & Schuster, 9781439198964, 252pp.

Publication Date: May 28, 2013

May 2012 Indie Next List

“This is a splendid and exciting read about the author's transition from self-centered narcissist to world citizen during his 10-year, physically and emotionally rigorous adventure to be the first person to climb the highest summits on every continent and surf all the oceans of the world. Highly recommended!”
— Gary Colliver, Windows on the World-Books & Art, Mariposa, CA
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"When a Georgetown physics professor saw his existence becoming mundane, he actually did something about it. This exciting, moving memoir documents his quest to climb the highest mountains and surf every ocean on earth" (Entertainment Weekly "Must List").

In 1997, a Georgetown University physics professor set out to scale the highest peak of every continent and surf every ocean. Over the next 12 years, every escape from death brought him closer to life.