Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest
On June 6, 1924, two men set out from a camp perched at 23,000 feet on an ice ledge just below the lip of†Mount Everestís North Col. George Mallory, thirty-seven, was Britainís finest climber. Sandy Irvine was a young Oxford scholar of twenty-two with little previous mountaineering experience. Neither of them returned.
In this magisterial work of history and adventure, based on more than a decade of prodigious research in British, Canadian, and European archives, and months in the field in Nepal and Tibet, Wade Davis vividly re-creates British climbersí epic attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s. With new access to letters and diaries, Davis recounts the heroic efforts of George Mallory and his fellow climbers to conquer the mountain in the face of treacherous terrain and furious weather.Into the Silencesets their remarkable achievements in sweeping historical context: Davis shows how the exploration originated in nineteenth-century imperial ambitions, and he takes us far beyond the Himalayas to the trenches of World War I, where Mallory and his generation found themselves and their world utterly shattered.† In the wake of the war that destroyed all notions of honor and decency, the Everest expeditions, led by these scions of Britainís elite, emerged as a symbol of national redemption and hope.
Beautifully written and rich with detail,Into the Silenceis a classic account of exploration and endurance, and a timeless portrait of an extraordinary generation of adventurers, soldiers, and mountaineers the likes of which we will never see again.
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Review: Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of EverestUser Review - Paul Brannan - Goodreads
The Great War and its unimaginable horrors provide the context that set this book apart from other mountaineering epics. The slaughter, the senselessness and the trauma left its mark on all the ... Read full review
Review: Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of EverestUser Review - Gary Davis - Goodreads
This is the best climbing book I have ever read. It brings together the state of a nation with the minds of men who have been stressed beyond anything we can imagine. The shocking details of the war ... Read full review