Miracle in the Andes: Book summary and reviews of Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado

Miracle in the Andes

72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home

by Nando Parrado

Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado
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  • Published in USA  May 2006
    304 pages
    Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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Given up for dead after an air crash in the Andes in 1972, Nando Parrado not only survived but showed the strength and determination that saved his own life and that of his fifteen friends. Now he gives his own account of his ordeal—enthralling, enlightening, modest and moving. An impressive testimony to what love can achieve.

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"It is an amazing story of bravery and courage." - Booklist.
"More than a companion to the 1970s bestselling chronicle of the disaster, Alive, this is a fresh, gripping page-turner that will satisfy adventure readers, and a complex reflection on camaraderie, family and love." - PW.
"The author claims to not have flashbacks, but his candid, vivid memories bring this nearly incredible story to life once again." - Kirkus.

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This story has also been told in Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read, published in the 1970s but this is considered to be a more introspective version than Read's journalistic account, which generated a sensational reaction at the time as, after caring for the wounded and mourning the deaths of their friends and family members, the survivors eventually made the agonizing decision that the bodies of the dead were the only source of food available to them.

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