Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination Mankind's new-found passion for mountains. by Robert Macfarlane. Mankind's new-found passion for mountains. A well-researched book about the history of mountaineering, concentrating primarily on what drives people to climb the things. A good read. Buy from Amazon.co.uk Buy from Amazon.com …or, better still, buy or order a copy from you local, tax-paying independent bookshop—they could do with the help.