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Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Mr Everest Disaster As a child Jon Krakauer dreamed of climbing but he never dreamed that this one climb would be a disaster Krakauer was assigned by Outside Magazine to report on the commercial expeditions that were being conducted on Mount Everest in May 1996 Jon Krakauer the narrator and author describes a first hand account of this ill-fated journey Krakauer his guide and a group of climbers set out to the top of Mt Everest to see how wise or safe it was to tackle the worlds largest mountain Unfortunately 1996 was Everests worst season ever and Krakauer recounts the heroism the human frailty and the regrets of this disastrous climb Jon Krakauer was one of eight clients sent to Nepal the country which is home to Everest to write about an expedition to the top of the world On May 10 1996 Krakauer reached the summit of the mountain but at the top came terrible events The book is a chronological account of the lives and deaths of those who participated in the excursion The first third of the book includes Everests history and he explains how deadly the voyage was for him Krakauer was in a life or death situation when he was descending from the top of the mountain and so many lives were lost on Mt Everest I learned through Krakauer why the crew continues their rise even though the conditions are torturous and more life threatening with each step Why they dont give it up once theyve lost feeling in their extremities separated their ribs lost their vision can no longer breathe due to oxygen depleted air Even in the end Krakauer regrets going up to the mountain and admits that he wrote wrong accounts in the article I really enjoyed this book because it was so controversial There is one major setting in this book and
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