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Into Thin Air

Average Rating = 4.71/5 Average Rating : 4.71 out of 5
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Reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion, Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996. He hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours. 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.... "This is the terrifying story of what really happened that fateful day at the top of the world, during what would be the deadliest season in the history of Everest. In this harrowing yet breathtaking narrative, Krakauer takes the reader along with his ill-fated expedition, step by precarious step, from Katmandu to the mountain's pinnacle where, plagued by a combination of hubris, greed, poor judgment, and plain bad luck, they would fall prey to the mountain's unpredictable fury.

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The Climb 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: sg19point3, 2012-05-08

You should also read The Climb by Anatoliy Boukreev, the so called "evil Russian" to hear his side of the story. In 1996 he was the recipient of the David A. Sowles Memorial Award, the American Alpine Club's highest award for valour for his role in rescuing climbers in the 1996 Everest disaster

One of the best books I've ever read 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: ipoloton, 2010-04-24

Jon did it really well. I am a slow reader, and although like to read books, can't go over an hour on each try. But, I simply could not put this book down. Everything has been described clearly in the book, and makes you feel you were right there. It was not a happy ending of course.
In this book, Beck is my man. I wish I could meet him one day.

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: redsox5945, 2008-02-03

I've never looked at this book, which is one of my personal favorites, as a mountaineering book. Into Thin Air is a book about what people do when they're cold and tired. It's a great read, a must read if you ever consider climbing anything high.

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: ledavis23, 2005-12-06

Excellent story by an excellent writer. Good info on what NOT to do also! I read this book alone, in the dark with only a headlamp and the effect was really cool!

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: musicman, 2005-02-08

a great book, not only because of the adventure it tells of, but also because Krakauer is such a great author. i have all of his books, they're great!

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