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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

1997 . Non-fiction, Biography, Fantasy & Adventure . Jon Krakauer

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Everyone

About the book

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A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.

Year:

1997

Language:

English

Publisher:

Anchor Books

Pages:

368

ISBN:

0385494785 (ISBN13: 9780385494786)

Reviews

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Michael Daly

1 week ago

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Riveting account of the tragedy on Mount Everest.

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Annie Spencer

2 months ago

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Took a little while to warm up, but soon evolves into a crazy story about climbing Everest, detailing all the struggles, teams attempting it and storm that left many people dead. Builds a good appreciation for what it really takes to summit Everest.

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Henry Fovargue

2 months ago

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A very intense book - an insight into climbing Everest - which by all accounts seems like an idiotic thing to try and do. Lots of death and bad decisions. Quite long winded but still good

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JB Bys

6 months ago

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This was one of the books I read in preparation for my own ascent of Kilimanjaro. Even though Kili is not as extreme ...it can be dangerous. During our ascent we ran into foul weather pretty much the entire way. This book served as a reminder that Mother Nature will do as she pleases, one best watch and listen. Krakauer is an excellent writer. You feel the depth of emotion page by page. It will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Morten V Schroeder image

10 months ago

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Wow! This book just blew me away. What a fascinating, and tragic story! The book is extremely well written and describes the whole experience so well. It also does a great job of including tit-bits of mountaineering history and climbing facts that is scattered throughout the story. I couldn’t put it away and basically finished it in a week! Listened to it on Audible! Afterwards, I went into a complete rapid hole of googling Mount Everest and reading up on all the people! Amazing! Highly recommend 🙏

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David Landsted

2 years ago

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Fantastic story about a tragic expedition to Mount Everest in 1996. A MUST read for anyone interested in adventures and exploration