Thursday, March 23, 2006

 

A 100% Risk-Taker

Wanting to see into the psyche of a pathological risk-taker? I read Left for Dead about a year ago. Dr. Beck Weathers was driven to high risk mountain climbing in order to fight off depression. The high, pun intended, kept him from being overwhelmed by depression.

Like any addict, he continuously needed a strong fix. Finally, he nearly died on Mt. Everest, losing most of his hands, toes, and part of his face in the process.

The book is an easy read. Although the writing style is rather amateurish, you will see a clear picture into Dr. Weathers' psyche, what drove him to high risk activities and its impact on him and his family.

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