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The ratio of misery to pleasure was greater by an order of magnitude than any other mountain I'd been on; I quickly came to understand that climbing Everest was primarily about enduring pain. And in subjecting ourselves to week after week of toil, tedium, and suffering, it struck me that most of us were probably seeking, above all else, something like a state of grace.
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But at times I wondered if I had not come a long way only to find that what I really sought was something I had left behind.
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My hunger to climb had been blunted, in short, by a bunch of small satisfactions that added up to something like happiness.
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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster Mass Market Paperback – April 6, 1998

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"Into Thin Air ranks among the great adventure books of all time . . . a book of rare eloquence and power that could remain relevant for centuries."
--Galen Rowell, The Wall Street Journal


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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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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Anchor; 1st Anchor Books ed edition (April 6, 1998)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0385492081
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0385492089
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 1320L
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.5 x 1.25 x 7.25 inches
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy on the top of the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight into the 1996 disaster
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and Haunting
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5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting story. Five stars from a non climber.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read to understand the 1996 tragedy
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