Back to the point; great Everest reads. Lately, I have been reading early expedition literature (1920s-1950s) and gaining a better understanding of the logistical challenges of the early expeditions and why it took so darn toot'n long - with so many deaths - to initially reach the summits of the Himalayan giants. A great succinct, yet thorough recap of Himalayan expeditions, Fallen Giants. A great introduction to the wonderful world of Himalayan adventures - reconnoiters, mapping, trekking and mountaineering. Also, anything Shipton or Hunt will do a student of early Himalayan expeditions good. Two Britons who had more of a knack for writing than climbing write thorough accounts of the early days of the British on Everest (Hunt was the expedition leader for the 1953 Norgay/Hillary ascent). A much more contemporary expedition account that is worth looking into is The Other Side of Everest by Matt Dickinson. Matt was on the north side of Everest during the killer storm of 1996 that took 10 lives. Matt provides an easy to understand account, jargon-free, of the immense undertaking of a Himalayan expedition. Perhaps more interesting, for those who are familiar with the laundry-list of literature available from 1996 expeditions on the south side of Everest (Into Thin Air, Boukreev's account, Viestur's writings, etc.), is the other side of the story provided by Dickinson.
Great Reads. Check them out.