Books: A Winter's Tale

ALIVE: THE STORY OF THE ANDES SURVIVORS

by PIERS PAUL READ 352 pages. Lippincott. $10.

On Oct. 12, 1972, a twin-engine Fairchild F227 chartered from the Uruguayan air force took off from Montevideo carrying an amateur rugby team and a planeload of friends and supporters to Santiago, Chile. Most never completed their journey. The plane slammed into a mountainside at an altitude of more than 11,000 ft. Of the 45 people on board, only 32, some critically injured, were alive the next morning.

Waist-deep snow kept the crashed Fairchild almost invisible from the air and...

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