MAKING UP MALLORY
"Two hundred and eleven steps laterGeorge counted every one of themand they were finally released from the snow drift, only to be confronted by a sheer rock face that would have been a challenge for him on a warm summer's morning at 3,000 feet, let alone when his body was soaked with sweat, his limbs almost frozen, and he was so exhausted that all he wanted to do was lie down and sleep, even though he knew that at minus forty degrees, if he was to stay still for more than a few moments, he would freeze to death." Lord Jeffrey Archer, novelist, former member of British Parliament, and ex-con, in Paths of Glory ($28, St. Martin's Press), an extremely fictionalized rendering of the life and death of George Mallory.
Contrary to what the recycled-sandal wing of the environmental movement might think, greening the world takes sacrifice, hard work, and a lot of cash. At least that's the impression you get from reading Edward Humes's Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet ($26, Ecco). Humes, a reporter for Los Angeles magazine with a Pulitzer to his credit, profiles a diverse slate of do-gooders, including familiar characters like Ted Turner and Esprit-founder-cum-Patagonia-savior Doug Tompkins. More interesting,