12.17.2006

Book Review: Into Thin Air



Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

This has long been considered a standard of adventure nonfiction, so it's been on my TBR list for a while. Into Thin Air is Krakauer's personal account of a trek up Mount Everest in 1996 where a number of his party, and several skilled guides, perished at the top of the mountain.

Krakauer's story is harrowing and horrifying, and I found myself flipping to the pictures to keep an image in my mind's eye of those who perished, the result of a snowstorm at the summit. Krakauer did make it to the summit and back again, but his team paid a terrible price.

Fascinating, fascinating read that I tore through in a day. Highly recommended!

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