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Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster (Paperback)

Author:  Jon Krakauer
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0385494785
ISBN-13: 9780385494786
Sku: 30532767
Publish Date: 10/1/1999
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 10H x 7L x 0.5T
Pages:  368
Age Range:  NA
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Now available in paperback comes the bestselling adventure book by Jon Krakauer, the acclaimed author of "Into the Wild". When disaster struck during his ascent of Mt. Everest, killing eight climbers, Krakauer survived by luck, skill, and discipline. Now, he has written the definitive account of this headline-making tragedy. Illustrations.
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The author describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, a disastrous expedition that claimed the lives of eight climbers, and explains why he survived.
In 1996, on a magazine assignment, Krakauer joined an expedition up Mount Everest led by the New Zealand climber Rob Hall. He arrived at the summit just before a blizzard struck in which Hall and nine other climbers were killed. This book is Krakauer's first-person account of the tragedy.
Author Bio
Jon Krakauer
Bestselling non-fiction author Jon Krakauer is known for his ability to combine harrowing true stories with history and philosophy. He began his professional career as an adventure and mountaineering writer, with his work appearing in National Geographic and Outside magazine, and collected in EIGER DREAMS (1990). His next book, INTO THE WILD (1996), told the story of Christopher McCandless, a young man who died while wintering in the Alaska wilderness. The book became a massive bestseller, as did his third book, INTO THIN AIR, a harrowing account of his participation in the fatal "1996 Mount Everest Disaster." With UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN (2003), a critical account of the fundamentalist elements of the Mormon religion, Krakauer proved the breadth of his interests and talents. In 2007 INTO THE WILD was made into a major motion picture, directed by Sean Penn.


San Francisco Examiner
"Krakauer is both a world-class mountaineer and arguably the best in the English language at writing about his deadly sport."

New York Times Book Review
"The author of three previous books..., he [Krakauer] has produced a narrative both meticulously researched and deftly constructed." - Alastair Scott 05/18/1997

"Though 'Into Thin Air' comes less than a year after that trip, it hasn't weakened Krakauer's reporting skills. He's scrupulously fair and honest about his co-climbers and guides. He records acts of selfishness and foolishness as well as acts of bravery, sometimes all from the same person. When the worst comes, it's from the recognizably human combination of honest mistakes, carelessness, refusal to consider the worst and sheer bad luck. And Krakauer confronts what may have been his own part in the deaths of some of those people with a tormented conscience. Krakauer writes indelibly, agonizingly, on the physical torment of existing, let alone exerting yourself, at high altitude. He's brilliant on the particular brand of masochistic asceticism that drives mountain climbers." - Charles Taylor 04/22/1997

[Krakauer's] fascinating and troubling account of the climb, is no chronicle of triumph. He was in ragged physical shape. A wracking cough had torn loose chest cartilage; his body had burned away 20 lbs. of muscle mass; he was running out of bottled oxygen. But the deadliest element of his situation was one he barely noticed; innocent-looking clouds rising from valleys to the south. . . . Krakauer, a thoughtful man and a fine writer (his Into the Wild, a report of a wilderness death in Alaska, was one of the best nonfiction books of 1996), says the ratio of misery to pleasure on Everest was greater than on any other mountain he has climbed. He draws no ringing conclusions from the disaster, although he thinks that banning bottled oxygen might keep weaker climbers off the mountain.
Annotation copyright H.W. Wilson Company.
- John Skow 4/21/97

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0368
Product attributePublisher:   Anchor Books
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