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'Paths Of Glory' Imagines Mystery On Mt. Everest

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'Paths Of Glory' Imagines Mystery On Mt. Everest

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'Paths Of Glory' Imagines Mystery On Mt. Everest

'Paths Of Glory' Imagines Mystery On Mt. Everest

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Jeffrey Archer is one of the best-selling novelists in the world, and he usually writes thrillers set among big names and powerful people plotting larceny and skullduggery in glamorous places.

But his latest book, Paths of Glory, takes on an old mystery. Was George Mallory the first man to climb to the top of Mt. Everest in 1924? Or did he and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, perish just a few hundred feet from the top?

Host Scott Simon talks with Archer about imagining the answer to a mystery.

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