Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 18, 2011 - History - 672 pages
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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 Silence sets 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 Silence is 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 Everest

User 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 Everest

User 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

Contents

Preface
CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 12
CHAPTER 13
Epilogue
Maps
Acknowledgments
Annotated Bibliography
Index
Illustrations

CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 11
A NOTE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ALSO BY WADE DAVIS
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About the author (2011)

Wade Davis is the best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including The Serpent and the Rainbow and One River, and is an award-winning anthropologist. He currently holds the post of National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and divides his time between Washington, D.C., and northern British Columbia.


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