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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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Into Thin Air
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Thought provoking
April 18th, 2014
An amazingly interesting and well written book. Disturbing to read at times, but all details were written sensitively and contributed to the tale. Almost impossible to believe that this could happen.
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January 23rd, 2014
I read this book because I am planning to climb Kilimanjaro this year and although a completely different climb I thought I would get a feel for the experience. From the moment I started reading it I was hooked, the author does an excellent job describing the many challenges they faced and the horrific feat this climb is. I recommend this book to anyone that has ever thought they might like this kind of challenge, a real wake up call!
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A riveting account
May 20th, 2013
Long considered the seminal book on the 1996 Everest disaster, Into Thin Air leaves me with the conflicting desires to take up mountaineering, and to never ever EVER reach an altitude higher that Banff.
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