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on 8 May 2017
It is essential to read this alongside, or before, or after, Jon Krakauer's book, to give a broader picture of the events of 1996 (although I have learnt most about the mistakes made from Kasischke's 'After the Wind'); there is a prolonged effort to answer Krakauer's criticisms, and fair enough, I would if I thought I had a legitimate beef, and if all the slanging leaves you cold, you don't have to read it. The meat of the book is about Boukreev and his experiences of 1996, and it's fascinating and well-written, although a little disconcerting to read his thoughts transcribed in more effective English, and then to come upon his true voice, where his English is less able (but a great deal better than most people's Russian!). There are more than one side to most coins, and it would be unfortunate to assume that any one account of that fateful year is the entire story, so this is essential reading alongside Krakauer (and others). The one bit that didn't illuminate much for me was the transcription of the participants' post-mortem; I found that a bit long-winded.
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Anatoli Boukreev's risposte to Jon Krakauer's account of the disastrous 1996 Everest
debacle 'Into Thin Air' which resulted in the deaths of twelve climbers. The book only
serves to compound the confusion about the catalogue of errors and misjudgements
which took place on the mountain in May that year. Many questions remain unanswered.

Does Boukreev exonerate himself from the criticisms levelled against him? His
account rings true but sadly we will never know the full story of this tragic event.

A gripping and deeply moving book.
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on 5 May 2017
Fantastic account of Anatoli Boukreev's decision making and actions in the 1996 Everest tragedy. After reading this I was really disappointed that Jon Krakauer was so damning and judgemental of Boukreev, the man made sound logical decisions and made the most amazing rescue effort, no O's in the death zone in a raging storm, amazing! plus I listened to the audio version which was also very well narrated.
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on 28 May 2015
Very interesting read. Aside from towards the end of the book, which is full of what is essentially bickering and counterclaim about the other well-known account of this incident.
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on 26 May 2017
A really good read and an alternative to Into Thin Air.Well put together and a great insight as to really what happened in 1996
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on 11 April 2017
Good buy
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on 18 July 2017
The story was interesting but it felt like someone trying to put their side of the story without hearing the other side/view. I think 'into the void' is a better account
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on 23 February 2017
excellent transaction & item
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on 17 July 2017
Great book
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on 24 July 2017
Good read.
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