"High Adventure: The True Story of the First Ascent of Everest" by Sir Edmund Hillary
There are mountains, and then there is Everest. The same goes for mountain climbers. You have great ones who have scaled the highest highs, and then there is Sir Edmund Hillary. After becoming one of the first people to reach the summit of the most famous mountain in the world, Hillary went on to be one of the most well-known names of the 20th century, the Babe Ruth of getting to the top. [$14, amazon.com]
This, his story of the first ascent of the mighty mountain, is still as exciting and intense as it was when it was first published in 1955. It's still considered one of the finest books on mountaineering to ever come out, and an adventure that will never be replicated.