Jon Krakauer

"Into Thin Air"

(Reviewed by Judi Clark APR 30, 1998)

I read this book in one day and then spent the rest of the evening reading information about the 1996 incident and more recent news on Mt. Everest. Wow! I don't read a lot of real life adventure stories, so maybe I'm  


Krakauer was one of the few people to "summit" Mt. Everest on May 10, 1996 and to survive it. But this book is not about his own wit. Instead,  it is about the events that led up to and occurred on that ominous day. Krakauer does a laudable job of describing the nature of climbing and of this mountain in particular, bringing us up to date on the commercialization of the world's highest mountain.

The title of the book is very fitting since it is the thin air that can be blamed for errors in judgement.  Many survival stories will point out the importance of planning ahead and judgement.  But in no other challenge is it is as easy to err because of the physiological stress that oxygen deprivation causes. 

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About the Author:

Jon KrakauerJon Krakauer was born in Brookline, Massachusetts but was raised in Corallis, Oregon from the age of two. He studied at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, where he received a degree in Environmental Studies in 1976. He married Linda Mariam Moore, a former climber, in 1980.

He is an award-winning journalist who has been published in twenty-five languages around the world.  He is also an editor-at-large for Outside magazine, and has published articles in Smithsonian, National Geographic, and many other periodicals. 

He and his wife, Linda, live in Colorado. About Us | Subscribe | Review Team | History | ©1998-2014