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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read.
Whether you have an interest in mountaineering or not, this book is difficult to put down. To a non-alpinist, the author has succeeded in portraying the story behind this tragedy in such a way that in the first few chapters, you begin to toy with the idea that mountaineering might hold some attraction. However, in the telling of the summit tragedy and the events...
Published on 4 Feb. 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, gripping but rather one sided view
I found this book hard to put down and read it from cover to cover in a day. Krakauer writes in a way that puts you in the very middle of the story. While i found the book fascinating i think it is also important to read something like The Climb by Antoli Boukreev or the Death Zone by Dickinson to get a more rounded opinion of the whole disaster. Krakauer has been...
Published on 24 Oct. 2000


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5.0 out of 5 stars Safe travels before profit., 20 Sept. 2013
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When man mocks nature is tends to bite back hard. Very tragic read that covers the true face of the mountain! RIP all still on that journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening - Catching - Excellent, 30 May 2000
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Very good book. Krakauer tells the story so well, that you almost feel as if you are there. Makes you think - Is it really worth the risks ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book, 25 Feb. 2014
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Great read, amazing story, remarkable instances of human endeavour and determination. Well worth reading, I was hooked for hours and hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into thin air - review, 7 Dec. 2011
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An excellent book. I actually read it whilst in Nepal, in sight of Everest. Informative, objective and moving. I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, 2 Oct. 2014
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Simply astounding account of this awful disaster - he writes it with clarity and insight. Very moving, and very sad, but a wonderful book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to keep reading to get to the end ..., 3 Nov. 2014
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I wanted to keep reading to get to the end but it could have been far more exciting given the subject. The prologue goes on far too long.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Slippery Slope, 30 Mar. 2013
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A gripping account of how summit fever, giant egos and Everest's formidable teeth conspire to cause major tragedy.
Gripping and sad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 30 Mar. 1999
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This book is a great story just to read when ever you can. I am a VERY PICKY reader and I enjoyed this so much that I read it in 1 week!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read, 25 April 2014
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Page turner even for a non moutaineer. Well written, detailed, first hand account of human strength and frailty...physical and mental...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Summit Fever on Everest, 5 Mar. 2008
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A gripping account of summit fever. Hopefully the days of extreme tourism and queues at the Hilary Step are long gone. But I doubt it.
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