Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster (CD-Audio)
An incredible first-hand account of survival in one of the most uncompromising environments in the world: the summit of Mt. Everest… during a blizzard!
Jon Krakauer was one of the lucky few in his party to make it down from the mountain on that disastrous trip. Here he recounts how an already near-impossible feat—climbing the tallest peak in the world—turned into a flat-out disaster.
Intense, riveting, harrowing. A must-read for thrill-seekers, adrenaline junkies and armchair adventurers of all ages.
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 Thin Air, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.
About the Author
Jon Krakauer is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, Under the Banner of Heaven, Where Men Win Glory, Three Cups of Deceit, and Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, among others. He is also the editor of the Modern Library Exploration series.
"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
From the Hardcover edition.