To Play the Game: A History of Flight 571 by John Guiver

(available in Colour and in Monochrome)

‘A perfect complement to my 1974 book Alive.’ Piers Paul Read

This is a big book, in more ways than one. At 571 pages, with 275 pictures, To Play the Game offers a huge amount of new material, and insight, into the famous story of the 1972 plane crash in the Andes.

13th October 1972. A Uruguayan Air Force plane, commissioned for a civilian flight, crashes in the Andes. Among the forty passengers are a first-division rugby team, accompanied by family and friends. Hindered by treacherous conditions, the search and rescue efforts cannot locate the wreckage, and are abandoned after eight days.

Ten weeks later, two unkempt boys are spotted by a muleteer high in the Chilean foothills. One throws a note to him, across a mountain torrent: I come from a plane that fell in the mountains…In the plane there are still fourteen injured people…

Drawing on extensive original research, the author sheds new light on this extraordinary story from a perspective of fifty years, expanding on events before, during, and after the ordeal. His retelling is enriched by the accounts of those who didn’t return from the mountain, related through the eyes of their families, bringing much-needed balance to a story which has largely focused on the survivors.

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