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Publisher Description

Jon Krakauer's acclaimed account of a disastrous expedition on Mt Everest

This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history.

In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead. Krakauer's book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end.

Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder timeless questions.

Biographies & Memoirs
1 November
Pan Macmillan UK
Macmillan Publishers Australia and Pan Macmillan Australia

Customer Reviews

Grip on tight ,


This booked pulled me in from the get go. I only wish it wasn't true. Brave and raw story telling. I continue to think about this story often. It's not my story to judge but so many things that happen your mind can't help but scream WHY? Why did you do that? Why didn't you do this? Why why why. I will be interested in reading same story from other points of view. Anyway Strong and powerful.

Dutchgold6 ,

Good read...

Good read. Slightly slow towards the start but it gets much better. One criticism is that I can't understand why there is no mention of the weather that proved so dangerous. Surely in 1996 with radios and faxes and the numerous weather reports that would have been sent to base camp, something would have been said to the climbers. No mention of this in the book...

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