Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster

by Jon Krakauer

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Jon Krakauer's acclaimed account of a disastrous expedition on Mt Everest. This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history.

The film adaptation, titled Everest, stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley, , Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, and Sam Worthington star as the hikers and is due to be released in the UK on 18 September 2015. Click below to view the trailer.  

Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster Synopsis

In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead. Krakauer's book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder timeless questions.

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ISBN: 9781447200185
Publication date: 01/07/2011
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447200185
Publication date: 1st July 2011
Author: Jon Krakauer
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, Books Behind TV & Film, Travel,
Categories: True stories of heroism, endurance & survival, Climbing & mountaineering,

About Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year and was made into a film in 2008, Into Thin Air, Iceland, Under the Banner of Heaven and Where Men Win Glory. He is also the editor of the Modern Library Exploration Series.

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