Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

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Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 378 pages
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When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds...

Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed Outside journalist and author of the bestselling Into the Wild. Taking the reader step by step from Katmandu to the mountain's deadly pinnacle, Krakauer has his readers shaking on the edge of their seat. Beyond the terrors of this account, however, he also peers deeply into the myth of the world's tallest mountain. What is is about Everest that has compelled so many poeple--including himself--to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense?

Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.

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nto Thin Air is s a personal chronicle detailing Jon Krakauer's presence at Mount Everest during the 1996 disaster. (10-11 May 1996), when eight died in blizzard on Mount Everest, during summit ... Read full review

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Although Mount Everest has defied human attempts to conquer it for more than a century and one person has died for every four who make it to the top, Everest has, in recent years, come to seem more ... Read full review

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1997)

Jon Krakauer is a part-time mountaineer and a full-time writer. He is a contributing editor at Outside magazine and writes for many national magazines and newspapers. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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