Society of the Snow: The Definitive Account of the World’s Greatest Survival Story (Hardcover)

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It was 13 October 1972. Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, carrying a team of young rugby players, their families and friends, took off for the very last time. A deadly miscalculation saw F571 crash directly into the Andean mountains to devastating consequences: the body of the plane broke violently into two, its floor torn to smithereens; seats flew out of the air taking passengers with them. In the weeks that followed, the remaining people who were on board - the society of the snow - emerged to fight a dire, gruelling battle for survival.

Waiting for a rescue team that didn't arrive, the survivors became fewer and fewer in numbers. Stranded alone on a glacier, they had to face brutal temperatures, lethal avalanches and the loss of friends and family with no access to supplies, food or water. In order to survive, they had to do the unthinkable . . . It wasn't until seventy-two days later that they were able to reach safety.

Alarmingly gritty, moving and powerfully told, journalist Pablo Vierci recounts the unsettling stories of the sixteen survivors in intimate detail. Drawing on exclusive interviews, Society of the Snow delves into the tragedy of the crash and how it radically redefined the rest of the survivors' lives. Ultimately, however, the book is a touching testament to the strength of faith, friendship, and the resilience of the human spirit.

About the Author

Pablo Vierci is a native of Montevideo, Uruguay and also an Italian citizen. He is an award-winning author, scriptwriter and director. He has also written I Had To Survive, co-authored with Dr. Roberto Canessa.

Praise For…

[Society of the Snow] is an epic and deeply moving film—Guillermo del Toro

A triumph of empathy . . . [Vierci] succeeds in stirring readers' compassion and understanding for those who endured the unendurable and then got on with their lives—Daily Mail

[An] incredible true story—Radio Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9781408716373
ISBN-10: 1408716372
Publisher: Constable
Publication Date: June 18th, 2024
Pages: 384
Language: English