The backstory to Rudyard Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King"
What is it about?
The rise and fall of the Schlagintweit Brothers, three Bavarian explorers of the Himalayas. They set an altitude record of 23,000 feet before coming to grief.
Why is it important?
Most histories of Himalayan exploration ignore the achievements of the Schlagintweits. They also exemplify a form of scientific diplomacy at mid-century.
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