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Into Thin Air (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (original 1997; edition 1999)

by Jon Krakauer

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Title:Into Thin Air (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Authors:Jon Krakauer
Info:Turtleback (1999), Hardcover, 416 pages
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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer (1997)

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    The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev (marzipanz, oregonobsessionz, coclimber)
    marzipanz: It may seem like an obvious recommendation, but I would really urge everybody to read The Climb instead of or in addition to Into Thin Air. It really sheds a completely new light on some of what Krakauer writes, and - to me - seemed a far more convincing account of some of the events.… (more)
    oregonobsessionz: While The Climb is not an easy read like Into Thin Air, it does provide a different perspective on the disaster, and answers some of Krakauer's criticisms of Boukreev's actions.
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    The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men against the Sea by Sebastian Junger (kraaivrouw)
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    Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest by Beck Weathers (riverwillow)
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    Everest the West Ridge: 50th Anniversary Edition by Thomas F. Hornbein (BookWallah)
    BookWallah: If you liked Into Thin Air, then you are ready for the mountaineering classic, Everest: The West Ridge. This sparse first person account of the other American team that came after Whitaker in 1963 and put up a route that has seldom been repeated.
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    Touching the Void by Joe Simpson (VivienneR)
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    Blind Descent: the Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth by James M. Tabor (PamFamilyLibrary)
    PamFamilyLibrary: Who would guess, but going down into the Super Caves is as dangerous as going up K2 or Everest.
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    Shadow divers : the true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson (alaskabookworm)
    alaskabookworm: Couldn't put "Shadow Divers" down; one of my favorite nonfiction adventure books of all time.
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    K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain by Ed Viesturs (Grandeplease)
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    Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakauer (fichtennadel, Sandydog1)
    Sandydog1: If you want some background on "what makes Krakauer tick", do check out his earlier stories.
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    Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season by Nick Heil (normandie_m)
    normandie_m: The events in this book re-opened discussion of the controversies surrounding the 1996 disaster. Heil examines similar themes, particularly the ethical dilemma of whether or not to offer assistance to/rescuing sick climbers when one's own health and supplies such as oxygen are depleted.… (more)
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    The Kid Who Climbed Everest: The Incredible Story of a 23-Year-Old's Summit of Mt. Everest by Bear Grylls (FireandIce)
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    The Other Side of Everest: Climbing the North Face Through the Killer Storm by Matt Dickinson (riverwillow)
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    Göran Kropp : [8000 ] by Göran Kropp (Navarone)
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    K2: Triumph and Tragedy by Jim Curran (Polaris-)
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    The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz (sombrio)
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    Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches by Jill Fredston (alaskabookworm)
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    Dead Lucky: Life after Death on Mount Everest by Lincoln Hall (RMSmithJr)
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    Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy by Lene Gammelgaard (cjoats)
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    No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 by Graham Bowley (jan.fleming)
    jan.fleming: It's the summit of K2, 1 August 2008. An exhausted band of climbers pump their fists into the clear blue sky - joining the elite who have conquered the world's most lethal mountain. But as they celebrate, far below them an ice shelf collapses and sweeps away their ropes. They don't know it yet, but they will be forced to descend into the blackness with no lines. Of the thirty who set out, eleven will never make it back. Following the stories of climbers from around the world, "No Way Down" weaves a tale of human courage, folly, survival and devastating loss. The stories are heart-wrenching: the young married couple whose rope was torn apart by an avalanche, sending the husband to his death; the 61-year-old Frenchman who called his family from near the summit to say he wouldn't make it home. So what drove them to try to conquer this elusive peak? And what went wrong that fateful day?… (more)
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From J: Krakauer's story is from his own perspective, and has been shown to be incomplete. One great insight he had is that the climbers were not a team (in the strong sense of the term; unlike Hillary's group and others).
  librisissimo | Nov 29, 2014 |
I read this one years ago, but I put it in this library because it's my favorite book of the last few years. Non fiction of course, but absolutely riveting account of the 1996 Everest disaster. It gave me a great idea of what climbing Everest entails, a subject about which I knew practically nothing.

Not that I ever want to climb it. ( )
  DanTarlin | Sep 7, 2014 |
Good account of awful tale. Character portraits of the ragbag of off beat folk who make the attempt. Puts one right off the idea: not just the danger, the squalor, the egos, the crowds,! Having to wait for a queue of people to pass a chicane point while running low on oxygen. He is modest but knowledgeable about his own abilities, insights and ethics. ( )
  vguy | Aug 24, 2014 |
Into Thin Air: a Personal account of the Mount Everest Disaster. Jon Krakauer. 1997. Odd I should want to read this book about climbing Mount Everest when I remember how much I disliked reading the account of Edmund Hillary’s ascent to Mt. Everest in my 9th grade literature book. Krakauer, a mountain climber and a writer was asked to join this particular expedition, and write about it. It was a brutal climb, and before it was over nine climbers from 4 expeditions were dead. It is a horrifying and a fascinating account of a tragic accident that was caused by the weather, human error and ego, by not doing things that should have been done but weren’t, and things that shouldn’t have been done that were. Krakauer is great writer and book seems like an adventure novel at times. This is one of the best modern adventure books I have ever read. ( )
  judithrs | Jun 19, 2014 |
Interesting and very enjoyable. Jon Krakauer really knows how to write a "true story" in a way it doesn't look as a pile of chronologically ordered facts. ( )
  chaghi | Jun 1, 2014 |
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An experienced climber himself, Mr. Krakauer gives us both a tactile appreciation of the dangerous allure of mountaineering and a compelling chronicle of the bad luck, bad judgment and doomed heroism that led to the deaths of his climbing companions.
 
it is impossible to finish this book unmoved and impossible to forget for a moment that its author would have given anything not to have to write it.
 

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Men play at tragedy because they do not believe in the reality of the tragey which is actually being staged in the civilised world. --José Ortega y Gasset
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For Linda; and in memory of Andy Harris, Doug Hansen, Rob Hall, Yasuko Namba, Scott Fischer, Ngawang Topche Sherpa, Chen Yu-Nana, Bruce Herrod, and Lopsang Jangbu Sherpa
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Straddling the top of the world, one foot in China and the other in Nepal, I cleared the ice from my oxygen mask, hunched a shoulder against the wind, and stared absently down at the vastness of Tibet.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385494785, Paperback)

A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster. With more than 250 black-and-white photographs taken by various expedition members and an enlightening new postscript by the author, the Illustrated Edition shows readers what this tragic climb looked like and potentially provides closure for Krakauer and his detractors.

"I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day," writes Krakauer in a postscript dated August 1998. "What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev's refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn't the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients." As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since Into Thin Air's denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored The Climb, Boukreev's version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in a avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I. Krakauer further buries the ice axe by donating his share of royalties from sales of The Illustrated Edition to the Everest '96 Memorial Fund, which aids various environmental and humanitarian charities. --Rob McDonald

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A history of Mount Everest expedition is intertwined with the disastrous expedition the author was a part of, during which five members were killed by a hurricane-strength blizzard. 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 his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top. No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds. Six hours later and 3,000 feet lower, in 70-knot winds and blinding snow, Krakauer collapsed in his tent, freezing, hallucinating from exhaustion and hypoxia, but safe. The following morning he learned that six of his fellow climbers hadn't made it back to their camp and were in a desperate struggle for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated. Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people - 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 eye-witness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.… (more)

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