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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
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For some reason not as engaging to me as Into the Wild but a great account; his spare style failed to help me see the mountain, but by the end I felt its cold. I am troubled by the human costs of the sport, as is Krakauer, who seems permanently haunted by what he experienced. The actual disaster as it unfolds is harrowing to read about—people freezing solid, blind, hypoxic . . . abandoned. Or heroically helped.

A big help would have been a glossary of victims' names, affiliations, and brief bios. Though there were some nice sketches in the narrative early on, it was impossible for me to keep track of who was who in the disaster as it unfolded later.
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February 16, 2012 – Shelved
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December 13, 2013 – Finished Reading

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