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Publisher Description

Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air 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 in 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.

One of the inspirations for the major motion picture Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley.

6 July
Pan Macmillan

Customer Reviews

SDrake95 ,

Incredibly moving

An incredibly moving retelling of a tragic event. The tone and candour throughout, made it both gripping and heart-breaking to read. My deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all who were lost in the 1996 season and to those that followed in the aftermath of this initial tragedy.

Tonybassplayer ,

Makes it feel like you were there.

Read this after watching the Everest film.

Superbly written and so compelling I just couldn't stop turning the pages. Such a sad sad story of how a few mistakes can turn in to a tragedy when things go wrong.

Highly recommended.

Serpico2101 ,

Exceptional read..

I was engrossed in this book form start to finish..

In his own words he lists his personal encounter of the true life events of the worst disaster of 96 on Everest, and shares his, and his teammates, ambition to reach the 'roof of the earth'..

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