Goodreads Summary: Into Thin Air is a riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest. 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.
Review: I have wanted to read this book for a long time and after finishing it my only question is why did I wait so long to read it?! This book was so moving and really had my heart pounding. I could never imagine climbing a mountain but this first hand account gave me plenty of insight as to what it would be like. The amount of pain all of these climbers felt, both physically and emotionally, is astounding. Never at any point in this book was I bored. I really liked the author providing some history of the first people who conquered Everest and a little bit of information about the people he was climbing with. It helped to make it all the more real. I would 100% recommend this book to people, anyone really no matter what your interests are. Such an incredible account of this disastrous attempt on Everest.
Five out of five stars.