Into Thin Air
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When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds...
Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed Outside journalist and author of the bestselling Into the Wild. Taking the reader step by step from Katmandu to the mountain's deadly pinnacle, Krakauer has his readers shaking on the edge of their seat. Beyond the terrors of this account, however, he also peers deeply into the myth of the world's tallest mountain. What is is about Everest that has compelled so many poeple--including himself--to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense?
Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.
From the Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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A riveting read, and perhaps the finest piece of investigative journalism I have ever come across. Although it shines through how emotionally affected the author is by having been in the middle of it all when it happened, the objectivity and neutrality is very impressive. Every character gets to present their side of the story and leave me with a sense of having made the best decisions based on the information available to them and/or acted acted according to the difficult situation they were in (with the exception of one very peripheral character, Ian Woodall, whose actions it's hard to interpret as anything other than extreme selfishness or direct malevolence).
Recommended to any lover of non-fiction, or those interested in the extremes of Mother Nature.
Extremely gripping, heart wrenching and exhilarating.
A must read for anyone thats into mountaineering!