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Into Thin Air: A personal account of the Everest disaster (English Edition)

Into Thin Air: A personal account of the Everest disaster (English Edition) [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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1.0 von 5 Sternen Charcter assassination on Everest 24. April 2000
Jon K fails to get the point, writing a good story is not enough when it comes to mountaineering books. This book is a great read, but read The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev and you will feel as if JK has taken you for a ride with his good story. This is because a good story does not need to stick to the facts. It is clear from the reaction of the American Alpine Club to Boukreev - awarding him a high honour for his actions on Everest- that they did not share JKs view of Boukreevs conduct.In short JK uses Boukreev as a stooge/villian around which to base his most gripping narative and in doing so absolves himself of blame. Read The Climb after you have read this book and you will get the point.This book will grip non climbers but it a slur to the memory of one of the greatest High Altitude Climbers the world has ever seen - shame on you JK
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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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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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1.0 von 5 Sternen Stick with the facts, Jon 14. Februar 2000
Von Mad Dog
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I fully enjoyed reading this book - until I later read other related books, magazine articles, book reviews, articles on the web, etc. How disappointed I was to realize that one of my favorite climbing authors was willing to bend the truth in order to make his story more thrilling to read. It's a pity, but I guess Jon decided it was more important to sell a ton of books than it was to treat others with the respect they deserved or to just stick to the facts.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen interesting but slanted 27. Mai 1999
Von Ein Kunde
When I first read this book, I thought it was an interesting although not outstanding bit of reporting. Then someone gave me a copy of Boukreev's "The Climb," which appears to be an honest but completely non-self-aggrandizing account of how Boukreev, in the face of spectacularly awful conditions, single-handedly rescued other climbers who surely would have died otherwise. It objectively recounts what one can only, realistically, call heroism. But while Boukreev risked his own life to save others, Krakauer slept in a tent; and afterward, despite receiving much direct evidence to the contrary, Krakauer insisted on casting aspersions and innuendo on Boukreev. Realizing Krakauer's lack of honor detracts significantly from any enjoyment of his work.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen enough appalling display of commercialism 15. Dezember 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I read the original Outside magazine article that Mr. Krakauer wrote about the Everest disaster and found it intriguing enough to buy his first book on the subject. A riveting story, to be sure, but after two and a half years, can't Mr. Krakauer let this go? I would guess that the other individuals involved (who aren't enjoying nearly as much in monetary rewards) would like to move forward in peace, but Mr. Krakauer insists on milking this story for all that it's worth to him (just in time for the holidays!). Apparently a made-for-TV movie wasn't enough...what's next? Jon Krakauer action figures? If you're looking for a better written and beautifully illustrated text about Everest that also covers the 1996 disaster, choose Everest: Mountain Without Mercy by B. Coburn, T. Cahill and D. Breashers. This magnificient National Geographic book was the result of the IMAX expedition that took place a fews weeks after Mr. Krakauer's. It demonsrates a far greater degree of humility and respect than Mr. Krakauer's self-serving account could ever hope to achieve.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen gern gelesen
Unterhaltsam geschrieben, einfache, klare Sprache.
Ein bisschen mehr detalierte Beschreibungen hätten mir gefallen. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 6 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 9 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 14 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...
Vor 19 Monaten von Andi veröffentlicht
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!
Vor 19 Monaten von Optimierer veröffentlicht
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...
Vor 22 Monaten von fhrank veröffentlicht
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
5.0 von 5 Sternen Spannend, zum Mitfrieren
Habe das Buch verschlungen, obwohl ich weder bergsteige noch ein großer Fan von Abenteuerbüchern bin. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 20. März 2011 von Frau Ehrling
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