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Into Thin Air [Kindle Edition]

Jon Krakauer
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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.

A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon but journalist/mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mount 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. With more than 250 black-and-white photographs taken by various expedition members and an enlightening new postscript by the author, the Illustrated Edition shows readers what this tragic climb looked like and potentially provides closure for Krakauer and his detractors.

"I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day," writes Krakauer in a postscript dated August 1998. "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 the guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston DeWalt, who co-authored 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. Krakauer further buries the ice axe by donating his share of royalties from sales of The Illustrated Edition to the Everest '96 Memorial Fund, which aids various environmental and humanitarian charities. -- Rob McDonald


Mehr über den Autor

Jon Krakauer, geboren 1954, arbeitet als Wissenschaftsjournalist für amerikanische Zeitschriften. Für seine Reportagen wurde er mit zahlreichen Preisen ausgezeichnet. Er lebt mit seiner Frau in Colorado. Auf deutsch erschienen von ihm bisher »In die Wildnis«, der Millionenbestseller »In eisige Höhen«, »Auf den Gipfeln der Welt« und »Mord im Auftrag Gottes«.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen one-sided account of the 1996 Everest disaster 11. Januar 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Into Thin Air is a wonderful book. The events that took place and contributed to the deaths of five people are well documented and expertly written. However, Jon Krakauer seems to have written a book that caters to his point of view as opposed to a collective point of view of all involved. I've read every article and every book that has been written about the events of May 10-11 1996, and I can honestly say that Krakauer's book is more a self-serving money making gambit than it is a non-prejudicial recounting. Other's on the ill-fated climb paint an entirely different picture of Rob Hall and Scott Fischer, the two expedition leaders who also died on the mountain; a picture that shows Hall as being a selfless guide who wasn't going to leave anybody behind and Fischer as a climber suffering from either a bacterial infection (he was known to be taking antibiotics) or from altitude sickness and severe exhaustion, maladies that may have contributed to his poor decision making during the summit climb. I find it amazing that others blindly adhere to Krakauer's account without first verifying some of the facts through the words of others who were there. While I think you will enjoy this book I also think that you be naive to believe that every word he writes is factual. I also think you will see that his motives for writing the book are as suspect as any decision made on the mountain and that of the people who survived Krakauer is the least heroic.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Illustrated Edition Is Worth Buying 26. Juli 2000
Von Martina
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I had previously read and reviewed (very highly) the original hardback, which had some pictures. This illustrated edition is worth the second purchase. The newly added photos, which Krakauer obtained from various sources, incuding the cameras found on two dead climbers, and other members of his expedition, give the book an added dimension.
I would highly recommed that fans of climbing books, and of Into Thin Air, add this terrific book to their collections.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unbedingt lesen! 13. Dezember 2008
Von Uhu Buhu
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Ich habe Krakauers Buch "Into Thin Air" kurz vor Messners "Der nackte Berg" gelesen. Wer erfahren möchte, wozu Menschen körperlich und mental fähig sind (oder eben auch nicht), wer wissen möchte, was Menschen in die Todeszonen des Himalaya und anderer Gebirge treibt, der sollte diese Bücher gelesen haben.
Krakauers Buch ist darüber hinaus ein hervorragendes Stück Journalismus, sauber recherchiert, gut geschrieben, hoch spannend, immer noch aktuell.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen somebody has to say it ... 11. Oktober 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Well, as a piece of fiction I would give it 5 stars ... it is compelling, one of those books that you can't put down. But as non-fiction, it fills me with anger and revulsion towards the author. Here's the Krakauer strategy -- if I can make everybody, even the good guys, look bad, then maybe I don't look that bad. This man just doesn't get it ... the amount of misery for which he is personnally responsible (I think of the 'friend' he left to die, and then, finding he's not dead, being 'terrified' to think that he might not have made it -- come on Jon, which way do you want it?). Courage and loyalty abound in this book, they cost good men their lives. Unfortunately it appears that neither will ever be understood by the author. That he profits in any manner by this book is nothing short of a crime.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Skip this and read Boukreev's The Climb 22. Juli 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Krakauer's book was a quick and interesting read UNTIL I followed up with The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev. Krakauer's book comes off as a biased and subjective account and, while it is interesting on that basis, it left me wondering at the mysteries of fate that lead to this tragic event. Boukreev's book, on the other hand, gave me a very clear understanding of the logistical errors that, compounded by the extreme nature of an Everest climb, led to the deaths and injuries of the climbers. In addition, Krakauer's book relies primarily on his observations and Boukreev's book combines his observations with the experences of many other climbers as revealed in detailed interviews. Read this for what it's worth. A PERSONAL account. Read Boukreev for a more FACTUAL and informative read.
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Jon Krakauer spends a remarkable amount of this book alluding to the fact that he is a much stronger individual than most of the other paying clients. I was impressed by his original story in outside magazine, this book didn't add much (apart from the fact that the second time around he got his facts straight).
Near the end of the book he endlessly whines about the fact that nobody tried to wake him to help with the rescue, despite the fact that he already mentioned that someone tried (and failed) to wake him to help with the rescue. In the end I was surprised that I hadn't really learned any more from reading this book than I had in reading the original story in Outside.
It's a good story, if you aren't bothered by Jon's ego trip. I was.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not a book, but a Personal Vendetta 12. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
What a joke. This book is not an "account" of the tragedy on Mt Everest, but, rather, an attempt by Mr Krakauer to lay all of the blame for the events at the feet of Anatoli Boukreev. Fairly ironic coming from the guy who slept in his tent while Boukreev, oxygen or not, was out searching in the blizzard in the middle of the night. I guess this was how Krakauer decided to sensationalize the book to maximize his profits from the tragedy. If you want to read a better book about it, check out "The Climb" by Boukreev. His account seems to match more closely with all of the other newspaper and magazine accounts that were written about these events. I only wish I could have given it zero stars instead of one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Super
Es war alles in ordnung.
Der anbieter war in ordnung das produkt war so wie beschrieben und wie wir es uns dann vorgestellt haben
Vor 6 Monaten von Alexandra Schlager veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen gern gelesen
Unterhaltsam geschrieben, einfache, klare Sprache.
Ein bisschen mehr detalierte Beschreibungen hätten mir gefallen. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 14 Monaten von Marya veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Fesselnd und Schockierend
Ein atemberaubendes Buch, das die Everest-Tragödie erschreckend hautnah und schonungslos offen beschreibt. Absolut empfehlenswert - auch für Nicht-Alpinisten. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 16 Monaten von Berimux veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Grausame Realität
Nachdem ich bereits mehrere Dokumentationen über den "Tourismus" am Everest im Fernsehen gesehen habe, hat mich dieses Buch mehr als mitgenommen. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 21 Monaten von Caracalla veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Good - although tragic - book
Very well written. Story is great - although very tragic. Makes you want to climb Everest and not climb it at the same time. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Dezember 2012 von Andi
5.0 von 5 Sternen Unglaublich gut!
War von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite dieses Buches fasziniert. Habe noch nie ein Buch zweimal gelesen, außer dieses!
Veröffentlicht am 14. Dezember 2012 von Optimierer
5.0 von 5 Sternen Pretty much the same league as Joe Simpsons "Touching the Void".
Excellent choice for anyone seeking a piece of adventure, especially mountaineering, literature - with the eerie thrill that it's a real story. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Oktober 2012 von fhrank
5.0 von 5 Sternen Einfach das beste
Das Buch ist einfach das beste, was ich je gelesen habe. Es ist so spannend geschrieben und liest sich gut. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Januar 2012 von Mikus
5.0 von 5 Sternen one-sided my foot!
This is a well-written, truly powerful book. Ever wondered where the term " cliffhanger" comes from? Mountainclimbing is a dangerous enterprise and makes great reading. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. September 2011 von Nuria
3.0 von 5 Sternen Als Hörbuch eine Herausforderung
Jon Krakauers Schilderung seiner Besteigung des Mount Everest ist spannend und ergreifend. Als Hörbuch ist das Buch allerdings nicht uneingeschränkt zu empfehlen;... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. August 2011 von Miezekatze
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