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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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 Everest’s North Col. George Mallory, thirty-seven, was Britain’s 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 climbers’ 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 Britain’s 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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Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

User Review  - Ingrid Levin - Book Verdict

In 1924, British climbers George Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine, as part of that year's British Mount Everest Expedition, disappeared as they attempted to be the first climbers ever to reach the ... Read full review

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This book offers some fascinating insights into the politics and personal obsessions behind the attempts to conquer Everest. Thoroughly researched...poignant reflections on the shattered soldiers/mountain climbers' lives and how they were tied to the mountain. 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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