I picked up this book on a whim, even though I knew some of the material may be a little hard or unpleasant to read through, but I figured if the survivors could manage to live it, I could read it. I am not at all sorry I bought this book, and I intend to keep it with all the other books that are must reads and classics.
Miracle in the Andes is the retelling, by one of the survivors, of the Urugaian Rugby team whose plane went down in the Andes in the dead of winter. Many died immediately after the crash, but some did survive, and as the title mentions, they survived for 72 days. The story is hard, unimagineable, sad, tragic and everything bad. But, it is also uplifting. Being able to read the thoughts and memories of people who were in their last moments, struggling for life or wishing for death may not sound pleasant, but it is kind of a blessing.
There is so much beautiful stuff filling the pages from the last moments of the lives of these men and women. It really makes you appreciate life, want what you have and reminds you that every moment is a gift. If you have the chance I highly recommend that you read this book because it is so worth your time.