Mountains of the Mind
by Robert Macfarlane
It’s difficult to say what it’s about in a few sentences, but I think what he’s really getting at is just the idea that to be in high and dangerous places is a beautiful and exciting experience. He used to be a climber, although he doesn’t climb any more, and in the book he is interested in what makes people do this highly dangerous thing. It also has a lot of cultural history about mountains, about the various ways different people have felt about them.