Book Review: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

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Author and mountaineer Jon Krakauer (who also wrote Into the Wild) recounts with disturbing clarity the 1996 Everest disaster, in his best-selling book, Into Thin Air (which was more recently adapted into the Everest film — apparently deviating a lot from the book). Krakauer is an expert storyteller who transmits the intense feelings of stress, panic, and vigilance that the climbers experienced when trying to summit Everest, colloquially known as the ‘roof of the world’. Due to various factors — such as too many climbers summiting in one day (many of who were inexperienced at high-altitude climbing), an unexpected blizzard, and miscalculated and fatal decisions — eight people died at Everest on 10–11 May 1996.

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Originally published at www.samwoolfe.com on January 14, 2019.

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