Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 18, 2011 - History - 672 pages
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The definitive story of the British adventurers who survived the trenches of World War I and went on to risk their lives climbing Mount 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 Everest’s North Col. George Mallory, thirty-seven, was Britain’s finest climber. Sandy Irvine was a twenty-two-year-old Oxford scholar with little previous mountaineering experience. Neither of them returned.

Drawing on more than a decade of prodigious research, bestselling author and explorer Wade Davis vividly re-creates the heroic efforts of Mallory and his fellow climbers, setting their significant achievements in sweeping historical context: from Britain’s nineteen-century imperial ambitions to the war that shaped Mallory’s generation. Theirs was a country broken, and the Everest expeditions emerged as a powerful symbol of national redemption and hope. In Davis’s rich exploration, he creates a timeless portrait of these remarkable men and their extraordinary times.

 

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User Review  - PCorrigan - LibraryThing

The summit of historical literature. Suffice to say 5 stars without any reservations. Read it slowly and appreciate the immensity of the research job performed by Wade Davis. He could have written an ... Read full review

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User Review  - MarkPSadler - LibraryThing

The sub-title to this tome is The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest, all three complex subjects that could be described in separate volumes but that Davis has combined a 580 page story ... 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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Wade Davis†is the bestselling author of fifteen books, including†Into the Silence,†The Serpent and the Rainbow, and†One River,†and is an award-winning anthropologist, ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker. He currently holds the post of National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and has been named by the National Geographic Society as one of the Explorers for the Millennium. His work has taken him to East Africa, Borneo, Nepal, Peru, and all over the world, but he spends most of his time between Washington, D.C., and northern British Columbia.

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