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.