Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

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 A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the s...

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Title:Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Author:Jon Krakauer
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster Reviews

  • Greg
    Mar 25, 2009
    I had no idea what shelf to put this on. So I made up a new one, lacking the number of characters needed, this shelf should be called, true stories about things I would never do or try to do. But maybe that is a lie. Like Krakauer I too have had a near death experience while engaged in...
  • karen
    Nov 20, 2010
    RELEASE THE KRAKAUER!!!! seriously, it is time to just raze everest and be done with it already. i mean, it's big and impressive but it is just taking up all this room and killing people so why do we even need it anymore?? can't we just get over it? really, i think it has reached ...
  • Brigette
    Jun 21, 2007
    I recently attended the Banff mountain film festival in Canada. One of the key speakers was Simone Moro, the close friend of Anatoli Boukreev, the climber who was killed in an avalanche several years ago on Annapurna and whom Krakauer pretty much vilifies in this book as not having don...
  • Steve
    Oct 19, 2009
    Note to self: take climbing Everest off bucket list. ...
  • Paul Bryant
    Nov 18, 2017
    This is the most defaced book I ever read. It must have been used in a school at one point. Up to page 69 there are two different people highlighting passages in pink and green but then in the margins, suddenly there is this: Katie is Eric?s fave, to bad for him, he is silly, I ho...
  • Michelle
    Nov 30, 2007
    This is not a review. I don?t feel like writing a review for this book, but I feel like I should at least say something about it because I did enjoy it. I mean, it did make me utter ?Jesus Christ? out loud more than one time, and I don?t often talk to myself while I am reading ...
  • Kim
    May 09, 2008
    Read within the span of 10 hours. This is not a hard read, well, if you take out the subject matter. I picked this up because 'Into the Wild' has been out or on hold for months at the library so I thought I'd at least get a feel for Jon Krakauer's writing style. I also have to admi...
  • Elyse Walters
    Dec 21, 2012
    I can't even imagine how Jon Krakauer was able to write this story which came out in 2007, just one year after the deadly expedition in May 1996....where nine climbers were killed on Mount Everest. Krakauer is an astonishing journalist, and writer. His telling 'this' story was ...
  • Randy
    Jun 29, 2008
    Jon Krakauer is a student of extreme behaviors and those who engage in them, and he happened to be on Mt. Everest during the notorious May 10-11, 1996, disaster. A series of seemingly minor mishaps, oversights, and questionable decisions kept climbers moving up the mountain hours later...
  • Petra Eggs
    Nov 02, 2010
    Into Thin Air or Injustice (of many kinds) on the Mountain. Until almost the end this book was exactly as I expected it to be with just one exception. It was the story of a journalist climbing Mount Everest both as a journalist and as a mountaineer. Ideal getting paid to do your hob...
  • Maxwell
    Apr 20, 2017
    I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of non-fiction. I prefer to listen to podcasts or interviews, rather than read straight-up non-fiction about a certain topic. And as someone who isn't particularly interested in climbing or sports in general, this wouldn't be a bo...
  • Jill Hutchinson
    Dec 22, 2017
    I started this year with one fantastic book. Let me say that you do not have to be interested in mountain climbing to enjoy this true story of the 1996 tragedy on Mount Everest, written by one who was there. It is an amazing story and will have you still asking the question "why does ...
  • Tatiana
    Sep 28, 2009
    If Krakauer's intention was to kill all of our romantic ideas about mountain climbing with this book, he undoubtedly succeeded. Whatever idealistic notions of bravery, athleticism, adventure, and brotherhood I had about this "sport", are now gone forever. What Krakauer delivers inst...
  • Cassy
    Jun 19, 2009
    Life got you down? Then join us on a guided expedition led by Capital Idiocy Inc. as we climb to... The Summit of MOUNT EVEREST For the bargain price of $65,000,[1] we will take you on the adventure of a lifetime full of scenic views,[2] camaraderie,[3] and athleticism.[4] W...
  • Alisa
    Dec 16, 2016
    I live in Seattle and on a reasonably clear day Mount Rainier, at 14,000+ feet, graces the skyline with her majestic beauty and mystique. Sometimes it looks like you can reach out and touch it. It has an undeniable allure. There are lots and lots of climbers up there every year, and it...
  • Brandon
    Apr 11, 2012
    About a year ago, I read a book called Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth which was basically all about finding the basement of the earth. A group of cave divers descended into a seemingly bottomless cave full of all sorts of unknown danger. For some reason...
  • Caroline
    Nov 29, 2015
    ***NO SPOILERS*** May 10, 1996 was a very, very bad day to be climbing to ?the roof of the world.? On that day, journalist and avid mountain climber Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest with a group as part of a guided expedition. He was on assignment for ?Outside?...
  • Algernon
    May 20, 2012
    My 5 star rating reflects both the quality of the book and a lifetime passion for mountains. I've devoured in the past all books and magazine articles I could find, following climbers from Cerro Torres to Eiger or Matterhorn, Trango Towers, Kilimanjaro or McKinley. The Jewels in the ...
  • Arah-Lynda
    Apr 15, 2013
    Several authors and editors I respect counseled me not to write the book as quickly as I did; they urged me to wait two or three years and put some distance between me and the expedition in order to gain some crucial perspective. Their advice was sound, but in the end I ignored it- mos...
  • Katie
    Jan 16, 2018
    What a read to start 2018! I enjoyed the majority of this, and I'll admit I fell down a bit of a black hole when it came to the controversy behind Krakauer's perspective. Review will be up tomorrow! :) ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Sep 07, 2015
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ ?Everest has always been a magnet for kooks, publicity seekers, hopeless romantics, and others with a shaky hold on reality.? Welcome to one of Kelly?s creepy obsessions! (Advance apologies - this might ge...
  • Ginger
    May 18, 2018
    I absolutely loved this!! I had a feeling that I would due to my personal experience hiking and climbing in the Pacific Northwest region. "Why did you want to climb Mount Everest?" This question was asked of George Leigh Mallory, a Himalayan mountain climber in 1921. And his answe...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    Aug 04, 2018
    When I picked up this book, I thought it was going to be Jon merely researching and giving account of what happened on a Mount Everest hike as a journalist, not as someone who climbed the mountain. Lo and behold, he did!! Reason number #93824 why I could never be a journalist--it requi...
  • Alissa Patrick
    Sep 03, 2015
    This book was insane. No way in hell. These people are nuts. ...
  • Duane
    Jul 15, 2014
    Jon Krakauer standing on the summit of Mt. Everest. "Straddling the top of the world, one foot in China and the other in Nepal, I cleared the ice out of my oxygen mask, hunched a shoulder against the wind, and stared down into the vastness of Tibet". You have heard the saying, "t...
  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    Dec 11, 2014
    This book was well told. At times I felt oxygen deprived and often this made me unaware of tragedy. I am not a huge fan of non-fiction but this is worth a read. ...
  • Natalie Vellacott
    Apr 22, 2017
    This is probably the best climbing book I have read despite the controversy surrounding some aspects. It was as enthralling as books like Endurance and as readable. I was with the author on the mountain and felt the terrible pain of the losses they endured, the guilt of the survivors a...
  • Scott
    Jun 23, 2015
    Does your dream holiday involve spending north of fifty grand to risk a fatal aneurysm, walk past the dead bodies of weaker adventurers who?ve come before you and possibly lose your fingers, toes and nose, if not your life? If so, then step right up to climb Mount Everest! Serious...
  • Paul E. Morph
    Feb 11, 2016
    I'm just going to come out and say it: I just don't get it. Even after reading this book, I just cannot understand why anybody would want to climb Everest. If nobody had ever done it before, I could understand it from the perspective of exploration and new discoveries, but this is a...
  • Michael
    Jan 07, 2018
    Utterly harrowing and propulsive. I could not put this book down. This is another book that details people's misguided quests to conquer nature--to see nature as something to be conquered. It's also another great cold-weather read, to make you realize that, really, it's not so cold out...