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    A thriller you can't put down

    Having just watched the 2015 movie 'Everest', I raced to the internet to drink in as much information on the sad events of the 1996 tragedy on Everest. One thing I noticed was that Jon Krakauer wasn't thrilled with the portrayal of events in the movie so wanted to read his account of the events as he lived them. Krakauer gave a thrilling account of the tragedy, the characters, and the events that led up to and resulted from the disaster as he witnessed and lived the expedition. His descriptions were vivid and detailed and you can really envision the spectacular environment, weather and altitude through his intense portrayals. He includes a lenghthy postscript which is a rebuttal to another book written by another climber that survived the tragedy who challenged some of his claims. This is a personal defence which I found a bit awkward and unnecessary; however, the rest of the book kept me engaged and I really felt horrible for all the climbers and guides that day who either lost their lives or survived, I definitley have a lot of compassion for Krakauer and all he witnessed at that time and the healing that probably is still not complete. Great book, would highly recommend it!
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    I read this book because I am planning to climb Kilimanjaro this year and although a completely different climb I thought I would get a feel for the experience. From the moment I started reading it I was hooked, the author does an excellent job describing the many challenges they faced and the horrific feat this climb is. I recommend this book to anyone that has ever thought they might like this kind of challenge, a real wake up call!
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    Thought provoking

    An amazingly interesting and well written book. Disturbing to read at times, but all details were written sensitively and contributed to the tale. Almost impossible to believe that this could happen.
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    A riveting account

    Long considered the seminal book on the 1996 Everest disaster, Into Thin Air leaves me with the conflicting desires to take up mountaineering, and to never ever EVER reach an altitude higher that Banff.
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    Into thin air

    Good there was lots of death and was a sad story but was good. Many people died and there was a good story behind it
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