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Into Thin Air is a riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest. In March 1996, Outside
magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob
Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead. Krakauer's
book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end.
Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the
journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest
trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to
ponder timeless questions.