Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air

byJon Krakauer

Kobo ebook | November 12, 1998

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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.


From the Paperback edition.
Mountain climber and writer Jon Krakauer was born in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1954. He was raised in Corvallis, Oregon from two years of age. In 1976, Krakauer received a degree in Environmental Studies from Hampshire College in Massachusetts. He worked as a carpenter and fisherman and wrote articles on mountain climbing throughout ...
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Title:Into Thin AirFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 12, 1998Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0679462716

ISBN - 13:9780679462712

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Into thin air Good there was lots of death and was a sad story but was good. Many people died and there was a good story behind it
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking 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.
Date published: 2014-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking 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!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A riveting account 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.
Date published: 2013-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great book. Bad ending though
Date published: 2008-04-20