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CITIZEN OF TWO WORLDS [1953 USA K2 Expedition] Ata-Ullah, Mohammad 1960 1st ed Hardcover DJ VG
By Ata-Ullah, Mohammad. Foreword by Lowell Thomas
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New York, Harper, 1960, 1st edition. 285 pp. This is the autobiography of the Pakistani soldier, doctor and climber Mohammad Ata-Ullah, who was a member of the 1953 American K2 expedition (K2 The Savage Mountain) and the 1954 Italian K2 expedition (Desio Ascent of K2), both of which are described in this scarce book. Listed in Neate A70.]

This copy is Ex Lib, and does NOT have a spine mark. There are some RSM's on the first few pages. It is bound in its original purple cloth hardcover with gilt lettering on spine. There is a stain on the right top corner of the covers, not affecting the pages. The dust jacket has been protected with a Brodart plastic cover so there is no chipping, soiling, tears etc on the dust jacket. The DJ front flap was removed and pasted down on the front endpaper. Very Good to Near Fine. Despite it being published in the USA by Harper, copies have always been hard to find.

KIRKUS REVIEW

Though less probing into the nature of mixed cultural and patriotic allegiances than one would expect from the title, this detailed and sensitive autobiography of a Pakistani is a genuine and frank account whose frequent sentimentality is mitigated by the author's straightforward and sincere self-projection.

Of admirable linguistic control and facility, the style is originally descriptive and uninhibitedly emotional. The profound and lasting influence of family and creed is constantly and consciously apparent in the life of this son of the middle-class who made a name and a place for himself as a military doctor.

With a charming dose of anecdote and reminiscence, his varied experiences range from student life in England, European travel, pioneering undertakings as head of a medical regiment in Persia during WWII, visits with the Sultan of Muscat with the possibility of becoming his premier.

Also covers his activities during the death throes of the British Empire in India, the struggles attendant upon the partitioning of India, an assignment in the Far East, and the climbing expedition to K2 in 1953 which proves to be a hazardous and cataclysmic undertaking. Humane, personal, and abounding in momentous, as well as intimately significant events, this unaffected book is  of interest and to those interested in Pakistan and the early K2 expeditions of the USA and Italy.



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