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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
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Oct 02, 09

bookshelves: biography-memoir, non-fiction, survival-stories, to-buy
Read in September, 2009

I'd seen a documentary about this disaster on PBS or Discovery and enjoyed the book. It's amazing the things people can accomplish when they put their minds to it. The difficulty of climbing Everest makes you wonder why people even want to do it. It was a little confusing keeping all the Sherpas and team members straight, but that was definitely my problem, not the author's. If you're looking for a true-life story of people pushing themselves to the limit, this is one for you. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a happy ending, but that doesn't make it any less fascinating or absorbing.

It was also interesting to find out about the 'feud' between the author and Boukreev - I was disappointed by that.

P.S. I felt cold the whole way reading this book. :-)
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