Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Five top books about mountaineering

One title on the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five top books about mountaineering:
Into Thin Air
by Jon Krakauer

Krakauer's unforgettable and unflinching page-turner set the standard for modern accounts of hubris colliding with the elements. It tells the story of the May 1996 disaster on Mount Everest that left eight people dead. Krakauer was on the mountain that fateful morning, and he shares every last detail of one of Everest's darkest days, including doubts about his own behavior that may have cost a life. This edition is updated with a new postscript that addresses conflicting accounts of the tragedy, especially the bitter debate that arose between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukree.
Read about the other books on the list.

Into Thin Air is one of Ed Douglas's ten best survival stories.

--Marshal Zeringue