"Conquistadors of the Useless" by Lionel Terray
France needed heroes after countless young men were wiped out after two brutal world wars. Former soldier Lionel Terray was just the man for the job.
Climbing the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps, the Walker Spur of the Grandes Jorasses, the south face of the Aiguille Noire de Peuterey, the north-east face of Piz Badile, the north face of the Eiger, and also a member of the 1950 expedition to the Nepalese Himalayan peak, Terray was one of the France's great post-war adventurers. His memoir, released before his death on a rock climb in 1965, shows a man who was unafraid of any challenge. [$16, barnesandnoble.com]