A friend sent me this interview with James M. Tabor author of Blind Descent (amazon here). Tabor has been getting some much deserved good press lately (on the Daily Show here, and npr here). Tabor frames the book as a race by two cave teams -one American, one Ukrainian- to find the deepest cave in the world. As I've said before only the American team viewed it as a race.
To the Ukrainians who actually blew the doors off the world depth record, the American team was in a race by themselves, in the wrong place.
Still the book is a good read, buy it for the cover alone...