Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air

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Into Thin Air is Jon Krakauer's firsthand depiction of the May 1996 Mt. Everest disaster. With a balanced take on the characters and a colorful depiction of the weather that shaped the event, Krakauer won an Academy Award in Literature in 1999. 

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  • Ashley Peterson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I was really into war novels for a while and wanted one of the best books about war. I was told about Into Thin Air by Krakaur and it's not really about a war, but a weather event. I was really confused when I got it recommended to me, but it was an okay book."
    Randy Hamilton
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Into Thin Air is about an expedition to summit Mount Everest. Jon Krakauer excels in writing this type of non-fiction story. It's completely enrapturing. "
  • Michelle Robinson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Finding books about or set on a mountain are abundant I'm sure. This book however, embeds you right into the story. You feel yourself on that mountain facing the same terrifying challenges as Jon Krakauer. This is the closest I'm going to get to experiencing climbing a mountain of this magnitude and after reading this book, that's more than enough for me."
  • Harold Kennedy
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "This book is an incredible read. Jon has a knack for storytelling. Even though you know Jon survived the ordeal , it's hard to put the book down, because you are constantly wondering what happens next. Also given that most of us will never go to Mt. Everest, the setting alone makes you want to know more about what it's like surviving on mountain that tall. "
  • Judith Hart
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This story is very intense and will keep you wanting to sit at the edge of your seat and not put it down. Very well written too. Good job."
  • Rachel Webb
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "A book about climbing Mt. Everest can't be bad. This one is amazing!"
  • Rakesh Gavde
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Into Thin Air was a fun read. It is such a thrill ride. You'll love the adventures of it."
  • Bruce Perez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I first heard about this account from a friend who told me the story as if he was there because he had read the book. He described how 8 climbers died from a climbing expedition at Mt. Everest that should not have been. The story was intriguing that I have been dying to read it. I believe it is one of Jon Krakauer’s best so far. Although I have not read it yet, I think from the reviews I have read and the account given to me, it is surely going to give the reader value for every page opened. "
  • Diana Estrada
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "I am a fan of these survival stories. This one is based on a true story too, so that's a bonus."
  • Alfredo Téllez
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I've been addicted to all Tibetan literature since coming across 7 Years in Tibet, while this book really is more about My Everest, I enjoyed it thoroughly due to my recent knowledge of the area."
  • Jacqueline Myers
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This looks pretty good but i am not sure if it is recommended by ALA but i believe it is"
  • Kevin Taylor
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Full of suspense, adventure, and ultimately tragedy. Into Thin Air is a definite page turner and is sure to enthrall college-bound readers."
  • Jesse Gilbert
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "An amazing read with real life people and scenarios made with a superb author.A must read and very highly recommended! "
  • Paul Medina
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "What a moving piece of non-fiction. This story of Everest and the struggle of these fearless adventurers is breath-taking and gut-wrenching. Im glad I read it from the comfort of my home. Im a bit of a armchair adventurer myself. Check out this amazing book about Everest. It wont have you feeling like climbing it any time soon-and that may be a good thing!"
  • Margaret Little
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Fascinating read. I couldn't put it down."
  • Jordan Carter
    Written on May 14, 2018
  • Madison Weber
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Into Thin Air is a gripping story of determination that almost borders on insanity. Knowing that the people, conditions and events were real made it all the more suspenseful turning each page. There is something about delving into a true story that fiction just can't duplicate and Krakauer delivered it in abundance."
  • Nicole Wells
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Ok so non-fiction science books aren't really that interesting to me. However, this one grabbed my attention. I thought that it was very well written and I actually found myself looking forward to when I had time to sit down and read it. "
  • Amy Willis
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "A passion for the climb and the ultimate rise up Mt. Everest. The journey promises a fulfilled achievement, but guarantees no success. The air lacks sufficient oxygen and the winds create a powerful force, bringing closure to some who aspire enter there. Experience one man's dream as well as his nightmare on board the mountain that gave Krakauer both. "
    Victoria Quintana
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is absolutely fascinating. An amazing piece of horrific adventure for those of us who are total cowards--never would do this, ever!"
  • William Harris
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my wife who stays at home with my four kids. I was looking for something exciting and special to share with my wife to show my appreciation for all of her hard work and dedication to the family. From my young adulthood, I rediscovered this amazing chronicle of one the saddest mountain climbing disasters every recorded, called "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer. My wife is an aspiring biographer herself, so she is learning a lot of writing techniques by reading this extraordinary tale about surviving a mountain avalanche disasters in the Himalayas. My wife is obsessed with reading this tragedy because of the adrenaline rush it gives her! Thank you!"
  • Ananya Mehta
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This book was captivating. It kept me up til the darkest hours of the night, unable to put it down. Someone should definitely consider making this story into a movie. "
  • Jose Gordon
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A thoroughly gripping story of mountain climbers who faced disaster in their climb. The story is powerful as the storm that pummels them and leads to their demise. Suspenseful and harrowing throughout."
    Brenda Sims
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Into Thin Air is an outstanding story about reaching your goal, no matter the cost. This book has received an Academy Award in Literature, and an Editor's Choice Award from The New York Times."
  • Celia Miranda
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "This was a good historical read but only worth ready once."

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