Miracle in the Andes - 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home by Nando Parrado (with Vince Rause) Orion, HK$113 'I'd always thought my story was unique,' writes Nando Parrado, who climbed with rugby team-mate Roberto Canessa for 10 days out of the Andes to bring rescue to fellow survivors of the October 1972 air crash in Chile, as described in the book Alive. But Parrado has learned in the 30-odd years since those events described by Piers Paul Reid and recounted in the 1993 movie starring Ethan Hawke that 'it is the most familiar story in the world'. Miracle in the Andes, written with Vince Rause, is an extraordinary book. Rause recounts through Parrado's eyes the horrors experienced by the 16 who survived the 72-day ordeal on a barren glacier at 3,350 metres, their food the corpses frozen around them. 'None of us were saints. We survived not because we were perfect, but because the accumulated weight of our concern for each other far outweighed our natural self-interest.' Miracle is also about the aftermath and how he learned that 'disaster ... was something to be outlived'. In the mountains they would say: 'Breathe. Breathe again. With every breath you are alive.'