Chessler Books
Rock Climbing - Mountaineering - Exploration
New - Used - Collectible - Signed
Chessler Books Accepts PAYPAL Chessler Books Accepts VISA Chessler Books Accepts MASTERCARD Chessler Books Accepts DISCOVER CARD Chessler Books Accepts AMERICAN EXPRESS
All Orders Shipped via USPS.   Your Order Will Ship Within 2 Business Days!  Chessler Books Ships Via USPS
Author:
Title:
Keyword:
Item #:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M Mc N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Item #: BK1173
HUSBAND, LOVER, SPY FRITZ STAMMBERGER Pennington 1994 1st ed Hc DJ
By Pennington, Janice.
Price: $15.00

List Price: $25.95
You Save $10.95 (42%)


Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart

Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description
1994. 271 pp, photos. Fritz Stammberger, a founder of Climbing Magazine and an experienced climber, disappeared on Tirich Mir in 1975. Pennington, his wife, believes that he was CIA and was killed by the Soviets in Afghanistan. Hardcover with dust jacket. Near Fine or Fine.

Pennington, a hostess on the TV game show The Price Is Right , married German mountain-climber Friedrich ('Fritz') Stammberger in 1974. The following year, while on an alleged climbing expedition where the borders of Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan converge, he disappeared and was never heard from again. Pennington made inquiries, but , she claims, the CIA informed her that her search compromised national security.

 
In 1980 she met Carlos de Abreu, a native of Mozambique, and four years later, when Fritz was legally declared dead, they married. To exorcise her first husband's ghost, Pennington and de Abreu continued to investigate his fate. Their quest ended in Moscow, where they found hazy information suggesting that Fritz had been a CIA spy, was dead and buried in Afghanistan.

REVIEW:

Fritz Stammberger found the perfect wife in Janice Pennington: pretty, not overly smart, unquestioning, and willing to marry a foreigner about whom she knew very little after a courtship of mere weeks...The perfect wife for a spy. Even before Pennington suspected her husband of a secret life there was plenty suspect about Stammberger. The guy liked to go off and climb big mountains solo, san oxygen, and when he couldn't get a climbing permit he'd enter sensitive, dangerous areas of the world illegally, hiking in through rough, unpatrolled country to bag peaks.

 
This alone would (statistics prove) have guaranteed him a life span shorter than the one he actually lived as a captured spy. Pennington's story is poorly written (she's s spokesmodel, what do you expect?) and she doesn't get it that whatever her husband was up to, whether he was a spy or not it was illegal and he WAS NOT a US citizen--being married to one does not count when it comes to risky rescue and investigations.
 
She barely consults her husband's country for help, preferring to spend years (during which Stammberger was apparently still alive) chasing after US intelligence officers who--obviously--couldn't and weren't required to hand over any information about a German national's activities in dicey area of the world.
 
What is surprising is that Pennington gets any resolution at all--really. She reminds me of Gennifer Flowers--tenacious, if a little dim. A weird story that would be much more palatable if Pennington had gotten a ghost author to help her with her 8th grade prose.

Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
TODESZONE: DIE STORY DER ERFOLGREICHEN UND TRAGISCHEN SKIBESTEIGUNG DES 8152 M HOHEN CHO OYU [DEATH ZONE: THE STORY OF THE SUCCESS AND TRAGEDY ON THE 8152 M HIGH CHO OYU] Stammberger
By: Stammberger, Fritz
Price $125.00 - Item # OP1854
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
LOST ARROW: AND OTHER TRUE TALES Davis 1995
By: Davis, Scott C.
Price $14.95 - Item # BK356
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
CANADIAN SUMMITS: CANADIAN ALPINE JOURNAL 1907-1994. SIGNED by Sandford, R.W., & J. Powter. 1994 1st ed DJ
By: Sandford, R.W., & J. Powter.
Price $90.00 - Item # BK1359
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
THE PASS BEYOND KASHMIR Berkely Mather 1960 1st ed DJ
By: Mather, Berkely
Price $10.00 - Item # OP2031
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
YOUNGHUSBAND: THE LAST GREAT IMPERIAL ADVENTURER French 1994
By: French, Patrick.
Price $34.95 ~ Regular $64.95, You Save $30.00 (46%) - Item # BK494
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
RAGGED AND FREE: SELECTED CLIMBS IN CENTRAL CONNECTICUT Fall 1994
By: Brewer, Jody and ten others
Price $25.00 - Item # OPG102
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
YOUNGHUSBAND: THE LAST GREAT IMPERIAL ADVENTURER French 1994 1st UK edition
By: French, Patrick.
Price $65.00 - Item # BK494A
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
HOW TO ROCK CLIMB: CLIP & GO! John Long and Duane Raleigh 1994 1st ed
By: John Long and Duane Raleigh, Mike Clelland
Price $10.00 - Item # BK8465
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
QUEEN MAUD LAND ANTARCTICA Tollefsen 1994
By: Tollefsen, I.E.
Price $125.00 - Item # PL212
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
OTTER CLIFF CLIFF NOTES Maine 1994
By: Acadia Mountain Guides
Price $10.00 - Item # OPG100
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
Sorry, we were unable find any similar items available by this author.


IN THE ICE WORLD OF THE HIMALAYA: AMONG THE PEAKS AND PASSES OF LADAKH, NUBRA, SURU AND BALTISTAN. Fanny Bullock and William Hunter Workman 1900 1st UK edition Very Good
By: Workman, Fanny Bullock and William Hunter
Price $350.00 ~ Regular $500.00, You Save $150.00 (30%) - Item # OP1719A
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROPE: THE BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES HOUSTON SIGNED by Charles S. Houston and Bernadette McDonald WITH K2 DVD
By: McDonald, Bernadette
Price $200.00 - Item # BK2183C
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
CHOGOLISA. THE JAPANESE CHOGOLISA EXPEDITION 1958. SIGNED by Kurt Diemberger 1959, 1st edition
By: Academic Alpine Club of Kyoto.
Price $650.00 - Item # OP1475
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
AUFBRUCH INS UNGEWISSE: ABENTEUER ZEISCHEN K2, SINKIANG UND AMAZONAS [BREAKTHROUGH INTO THE UNKNOWN: K2, SINKIANG AND THE AMAZON] SIGNED by Diemberger 2004
By: Diemberger, Kurt
Price $75.00 - Item # BK2279
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
MOUNTAINEERING AND ITS LITERATURE: A BIBLIOGRAPHY Neate 1980 1st ed Paperback
By: Neate, W.R.
Price $5.00 ~ Regular $25.00, You Save $20.00 (80%) - Item # OP602C
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
K2 THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN. 1ST EDITION. DJ SIGNED by Charles Houston, Bob Bates, Bob Craig, and Dee Molenaar
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $250.00 ~ Regular $450.00, You Save $200.00 (44%) - Item # OP412A
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
K2: THE 1939 TRAGEDY. Andrew Kauffman & William Putnam 1992 1st edition Hardcover DJ
By: Kauffman, Andrew and William Putnam.
Price $35.00 - Item # BK770
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
LIVING ON THE EDGE: THE WINTER ASCENT OF KANCHENJUNGA SIGNED by Jim Whittaker and Jim Wickwire1987 1st edition
By: Bremer-Kamp, Cherie.
Price $40.00 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $10.00 (20%) - Item # OP657B
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
EVEREST YEARS: A CLIMBER'S LIFE. SIGNED by Chris Bonington and Doug Scott 1986 1st UK edition
By: Bonington, Chris
Price $35.00 ~ Regular $65.00, You Save $30.00 (46%) - Item # OP286A
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart
K2: MOUNTAIN OF MOUNTAINS SIGNED by Reinhold Messner 1981 1st edition Hardcover
By: Messner, Reinhold and Alessandro Gogna.
Price $125.00 ~ Regular $200.00, You Save $75.00 (38%) - Item # BK1031
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding, Please Wait . . .
Added! Click To View Cart