Into Thin Air
A Personal Account of the Mount Everest DisasterPaperback - 1997
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BostonPL_EileenS Jun 20, 2016
Krakauer, a journalist who signed up to take a professionally-led tour for amateurs to the top of Mount Everest in 1996, recounts how the trip went tragically wrong. Now a major motion picture.
BostonPL_EileenS Nov 17, 2016
The author of Into the Wild describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, an expedition that ended in disaster, claiming the lives of eight climbers. He explains what went wrong, and how he survived, in this definitive, firsthand account of the tragedy.
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Into Thin Air is a novel about a real adventure and the story is told from the point of view of a witness Jon Krakauer, a journalist who is one of the climbers to reach the summit in 1996.
This modern classic of the adventure genre is a first-hand narrative of the storm atop Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth, which led to the death of eight people in May of 1996. Written only months after it happened, Outside magazine journalist and dedicated mountain climber Jon Krakauer relates the tragic journey to the summit of Everest, led by celebrated guide Rob Hall with granite-like resolve. To provide context, Krakauer evokes the storied history of climbing on Everest and the dangerous yet immensely rewarding art of mountain climbing in general. This Pulitzer Prize finalist is filled with gritty power and clear eloquence: it is an account of both grandeur and loss.
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