New Paperback of Award-Winning AFTER THE WIND Offers New Insights on the Disastrous 1996 Mount Everest Expedition

With added material, survivor Lou Kasischke's book addresses--until now unanswered--questions about the tragedy

Dec 01, 2015, 15:02 ET from After The Wind

NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- "Kasischke's perspective and analysis of what happened... may shock those who have relied on Into Thin Air as the most accurate account of what happened." - New York Book Festival Award-winning praise

Earlier this year, Lou Kasischke, consultant to the blockbuster film Everest, published a hardcover about how he survived the most historic mountaineering tragedy in Mount Everest history. Kasischke has added new material to the back of the just-issued paperback edition containing more detail about how his account differs from others who have written about the '96 tragedy.

After The Wind: Tragedy on Everest – One Survivor's Story, has received numerous awards, including the Gold Medal: Benjamin Franklin Book Award for Best Voice in Nonfiction and Winner of the National Excellence Book Award for Memoir and Adventure. After The Wind also received wide early praise, including a starred review in Kirkus, which stated in part, " unforgettable survival story…" and from the highly popular book blog, BlueInk Reviews, "...a thrilling tale of danger, courage, and love... a loving ode to his wife Sandy and to his passion for climbing."

Kasischke has written a highly personal and riveting tale of his own survival in the context of the bigger historic story. A celebrated mountaineer who spent decades climbing major mountains around the world, Kasischke was there as tragedy unfolded. He wrote his account in 1997, but kept it filed away as it was too close and painful to the events to release it.

Why he chose to publish After The Wind now is the story behind the story. He did so to honor his wife Sandy of 48 years for the crucial role she played in his survival. This part of the book, says Kasischke, is a love story, telling about the intense moments near the summit that revealed the voice of the heart and the power of their relationship that compelled him to keep his promises, even as he was so close to his dream of reaching the summit of Everest.

A Conversation With the Author and Discussion Questions For Book Groups at the back of the new paperback add to the power and perspective of his experiences on the mountain and back home, adding to the book's appeal to reading groups for discussion. After the Wind's inclusion in 6 million holiday catalogs being distributed by over 2,000 independent bookstores across the country this December is a testament to the book's appeal as a gift for outdoors, adventure, and sports readers.

Kasischke comments, "My professional career, especially as a lawyer and a venture capital advisor, often focused on taking high-stakes business risks, managing risk, and making decisions with far-reaching consequences. My Everest story is one of making a difficult choice, even when you know the right thing to do. It's about having the courage to say no, when you really want to say yes. Ultimately, it's a story about what you value and who you are in the face of temptation, pressures, and peril."

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