Into The Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis
There is something about the story of George Mallory which attracts even those who are completely uninterested in climbing. As you can see from the title though, this is far bigger than just the story of one man. It examines the role of the British Empire, and how the race for Everest became for Great Britain a national obsession, and for Mallory a personal one.
Full review here: Into The Silence.