“Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer

Quick Statistics

  • “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer
  • Memoir
  • Read as an ebook
  • 4/5 stars
  • Finished April 18, 2013

Official Synopsis

A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. 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.

My Thoughts/Summary

This book was my second non-fiction book ever, and even now, five years later, still has stuck with me. I read Krakauer’s book on Mormon plural marriage and fundamentalism and really enjoyed how he wrote. I went into this book blind, and wow, I learned so much. For those of you who don’t know, Krakauer is also a mountaineer and I had no idea how dangerous scaling large mountains was. I really enjoy the way that Krakauer writes his books, always alternating between the history of whatever he’s exploring topic wise, and then a story. In this book, it alternated between the history of climbing Mount Everest, and the terrifying ordeal Krakauer endured in May 1996.

This book has honestly stayed with me for a very long time, I find myself watching documentaries on mountain climbing and I honestly learned so much. I’ve always strayed from Non-Fiction but this reminded me why some can be really good. I highly recommend Krakauer and can’t wait to read some of his other books.

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