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The Resource Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster, Jon Krakauer

Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster, Jon Krakauer

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Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster
Title
Into thin air
Title remainder
a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster
Statement of responsibility
Jon Krakauer
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Language
eng
Summary
A history of Mount Everest expedition is intertwined with the disastrous expedition the author was a part of, during which five members were killed by a hurricane-strength blizzard. When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top. No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds. Six hours later and 3,000 feet lower, in 70-knot winds and blinding snow, Krakauer collapsed in his tent, freezing, hallucinating from exhaustion and hypoxia, but safe. The following morning he learned that six of his fellow climbers hadn't made it back to their camp and were in a desperate struggle for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated. Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people - including himself - to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eye-witness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement
Summary
The author describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, a disastrous expedition that claimed the lives of eight climbers, and explains why he survived
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Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 1998.
  • Alex Award, 1998.
  • Garden State Teen Book Award (New Jersey), Nonfiction, 2000.
  • School Library Journal Best Books: Best Adult Books 4 Teens, 1997.
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2015.
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1998
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155460
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
796.52/2/092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
GV199.44.E85
LC item number
K725 1997
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1320
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
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a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster
Label
Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster, Jon Krakauer
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Map on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 293)
Control code
5063233
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xx, 293 p.
Isbn
9780679457527
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96030031
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm36130642
  • (OCoLC)36130642
Label
Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster, Jon Krakauer
Link
Publication
Note
Map on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 293)
Control code
5063233
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xx, 293 p.
Isbn
9780679457527
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96030031
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm36130642
  • (OCoLC)36130642

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