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Jon Krakauer

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Jon Krakauer

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Adventure, Drama

At a Glance

Outside magazine hired Jon Krakauer to write about climbing Mount Everest, Earth's highest peak, located in Asia. That assignment expanded to allow him to report on what it's like to be on an expedition to climb to the summit of Everest.

This book recounts his May 1996 climb. Krakauer, an experienced mountaineer, climbed with an expedition led by one of the world's most respected expedition leaders as well as other guides. Unfortunately, bad weather, poor decisions, and other factors turned this expedition into tragedy with several lives lost. Krakauer wrote this book to explore why such respected and often highly experienced climbers succumbed to adverse circumstances on the mountain. He also explores and critiques the growing commercialization of Mount Everest climbing expeditions that are motivated by profit and how their popularity may invite disaster.

Perspective and Narrator

Into Thin Air is written in the first person by Jon Krakauer, who chronicles his experiences during a deadly trek up Mount Everest.

About the Title

The title Into Thin Air refers to the expedition that climbed to the summit of Mount Everest, where the air is much thinner than it is at sea level. The title also alludes to the idiom "disappear into thin air," which is what happens to many members of the expedition.


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