Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains

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Pan, 1998 - Mountaineering - 186 pages
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No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest essays and reporting, Krakauer writes of mountains from the memorable perspective of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale Alaska's notorious Devils Thumb. In Pakistan, the fearsome K2 kills thirteen of the world's most experienced mountain climbers in one horrific summer. In Valdez, Alaska, two men scale a frozen waterfall over a four-hundred-foot drop. In France, a hip international crowd of rock climbers, bungee jumpers, and paragliders figure out new ways to risk their lives on the towering peaks of Mont Blanc. Why do they do it? How do they do it? In this extraordinary book, Krakauer presents an unusual fraternity of daredevils, athletes, and misfits stretching the limits of the possible. From the paranoid confines of a snowbound tent, to the thunderous, suffocating terror of a white-out on Mount McKinley, Eiger Dreams spins tales of driven lives, sudden deaths, and incredible victories. This is a stirring, vivid book about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.

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Krakauer's pace is crisp, his prose lithe. - Goodreads
Amazing storytelling yet again on the part of Krakauer. - Goodreads
John Krakauer is such a talented writer. - Goodreads
Jon Krakauer's Eiger Dreams is a love story. - Goodreads
As always, John Krakauer is a great writer. - Goodreads
His combination of humor and insight is a winner. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kenneth Reimer - Goodreads

Jon Krakauer is justifiably famous for his longer works: Into the Wild and Into Thin Air, but he also deserves recognition for the collection of articles gathered together for Eiger Dreams. Many of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Catherine Gordon - Goodreads

I have no interest in climbing a mountain but Jon Krakauer writes books that give an insight into the nature of people who do. He makes you feel the frostbite and although I still can't understand why ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Jon Krakauer was born in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1954. He received a degree in environmental studies from Hampshire College in Massachusetts in 1976. He worked as a carpenter and fisherman. He also wrote articles on mountain climbing, which appeared in several publications including GQ, National Geographic, Architectural Digest, Playboy, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone. In 1996, he climbed Mt. Everest, but a storm took the lives of four of the five teammates who reached the summit with him. An analysis of the calamity he wrote for Outside magazine received a National Magazine Award. An article he wrote for Smithsonian about volcanology received the 1997 Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism. He is the author of several books including Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, When Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, and Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way. His book, Into the Wild, was made into a movie in 2007.

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