Into Thin Air

Author: Jon Krakauer

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0679462716

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 9875


#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER • "A harrowing tale of the perils of high-altitude climbing, a story of bad luck and worse judgment and of heartbreaking heroism." —PEOPLE 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. By writing Into Thin Air, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer's highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber's death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others' actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself. This updated trade paperback edition of Into Thin Air includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy. "I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day," writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. "What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev's refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn't the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients." As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since Into Thin Air's denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored The Climb, Boukreev's version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I. In 1999, Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment." According to the Academy's citation, "Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer. His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind."

Into Thin Air

Author: Cindy Miles

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101043156

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 2555


More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA.

Into Thin Air

Author: Mary Ellen Porter

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1460381602

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 6450


THE ONLY WITNESS When a child is abducted in front of Laney Kensington, she desperately tries to save the girl. But Laney is shot and left for dead; the kidnappers, their dark van and the girl long gone. FBI agent Grayson DeMarco explains she's the only witness to a worldwide child-trafficking ring. And if the kidnappers discover she's alive, they'll be back to finish the job. Yet Laney is determined to find the missing children. Even if it means returning to the search and rescue work she thought she'd left behind. And Grayson is just as determined to keep his sole witness protected. Especially when evidence hints that the real threat is closer than he ever imagined…

Into Thin Air

Author: Kristina Beck

Publisher: Kristina Beck

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 296

View: 335


"This isn’t like anything I have read before. Kudos to the author for thinking outside of the box. Highly recommend." Radd Reader - Goodreads "I LOVED this story! So well written and very different to say the least." B. C. Booklover - Goodreads We say our love is infinite, but everything changes when reality comes crashing down. Ellie How did I go from being happily alone in a luxury hotel, to falling in love with Sam, the presumptuous guy next door, to watching him disappear from my life like he never existed? My heart and soul ache for him every minute of every day until he shows up at my legal firm. But he isn’t the Sam I still love and crave. Especially when I see the wicked witch attached to his hip. The worst client of my legal career. This adds fuel to the fire and shatters my heart once again. Sam How did I go from losing my soccer career, to promising my heart to the fiery redhead who resists my dazzling charm, to losing her in a matter of seconds? Now that Ellie’s gone, I’m not the same man I was before I met her. My friends, family, and coach start to see it and question my every move. One day, I walk through a set of glass doors, and Ellie and I come face to face. But she doesn’t greet me with the open arms I miss and long for. It’s as if she doesn’t recognize me at all. Was everything between us a lie? Or did I imagine the whole thing?

Into Thin Air

Author: Jeannie Levig

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books Inc

ISBN: 1626397236

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 2438


Hannah Lewis’s life is exactly where she thinks it should be. But when her girlfriend, Jordan, disappears into thin air and she and Jordan’s best friend, Nikki, are drawn closer in the search, she discovers that lovers can be strangers and perceived knowledge just as illusory. The more she learns, the less she seems to know, and the more she discovers about herself. Jordan Webber, a civil rights attorney, emotional economist, and failed monogamist, has her secrets, but none of them account for the sudden turn her life takes as she is ripped away from everything she knows. In a struggle for her sanity, she is forced to confront who she has been and decide if that is still who she wants to be. When they come together again, can anything ever be the same?

Into Thin Air

Author: Karen Leabo

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 145928710X

Category: Fiction

Page: 251

View: 2242


Without a Trace Their disappearances had haunted Detective Caroline Triece for longer than she cared to remember—young girls in trouble who had simply vanished. She'd known with chilling certainty that something was very wrong, and now she had the terrible proof—the cold, lifeless body of a girl who had just given birth…. There was no room in her life for anything that came between her and her work—and that definitely included her disturbing new partner. It wasn't simply that Austin Lomax didn't share her obsession with this case. The real problem was that he was awakening feelings that she had thought were long dead….

Into Thin Air

Author: Hailey Rose

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1532002890

Category: Fiction

Page: 162

View: 7522


On the surface, Andrea Brookes is a normal high school student in Laguna Beach; she spends her free time surfing with her friends, stressing over pointless drama, and crushing on the most popular guy in school. However, as a rare Nepos, Andrea is a force to be reckoned with, and she knows she doesnt live the life of a typical sixteen-year-old. She has to spend every day trying to hide her secret ability, hydrokinesis, from everyone except the only family she has lefther half-sister, Leslieand their roommate, Julian. Andrea is finally accustomed to her unusual situation and is content with her complicated life until she begins seeing a strangely familiar man watching her from a distance everywhere she goes. Things grow increasingly unsettling as memories from her past resurface to haunt her, and she soon realizes that the entire foundation of her childhood may have been a lie. Andrea, Leslie, and Julian are unexpectedly sent on the adventure of their lives when one of the three goes missing. They must participate in a dangerous rescue mission to save their friend or risk losing one of their own forever.

Into Thin Air

Author: Instaread

Publisher: Instaread

ISBN: 1945048387

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 35

View: 5542


Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer | Summary & Analysis Preview: Into Thin Air was published in 1997 by journalist and outdoorsman Jon Krakauer. The book focuses on the events surrounding the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, of which the author was a survivor. In 1996, New Zealander mountaineering expert Robert Hall led a commercial expedition to climb the mountain. Krakauer joined this expedition while on assignment for Outside magazine. That same climbing season, American, Norwegian, South African, and Taiwanese expeditions also attempted to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. On May 10, 1996, a rogue storm hit Mount Everest as the members of several climbing expeditions descended from the summit. By the end of May 11, eight people were dead. It was the deadliest single incident in the mountain’s history up to that time… PLEASE NOTE: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary of Into Thin Air: Overview of the book Important People Key Takeaways Analysis of Key Takeaways About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience.

Into Thin Air

Author: Franklin W. Dixon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442473452

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 109

View: 996


When the daughter of Bayport's amusement park owner goes missing, Joe and Frank follow clues to find the girl and determine if her disappearance is related to that of another missing person. Simultaneous.

Into Thin Air

Author: Carolyn Keene

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1481428454

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

View: 8279


George’s neighbor Mark Rubin has been canned by his detective agency. J. Christopher Johnson, subject of an embezzlement investigation, has vanished in a helicopter crash—and Mark’s boss blames him for blowing the case. But Mark is convinced that with Nancy’s help he can blow the case wide open!