Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air

Artist Jon Krakauer

  • Release Date: 1997-04-22
  • Genre: Specialty Travel
Score: 4.5
From 868 Ratings


When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds...

Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed Outside journalist and author of the bestselling Into the Wild. Taking the reader step by step from Katmandu to the mountain's deadly pinnacle, Krakauer has his readers shaking on the edge of their seat. Beyond the terrors of this account, however, he also peers deeply into the myth of the world's tallest mountain. What is is about Everest that has compelled so many poeple--including himself--to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense?

Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.

From the Paperback edition.


  • Well written

    By Tobes88989
    After watching the movie Everest, I wanted to get a more in depth account of what happen in the spring of 1996. I thought this book was very well written providing details about each climber. I also liked how the author completely describes being on Everest to the point where you feel you are with him on this journey. Great read. Would highly recommend this book.
  • Amazing Story

    By LLandCL
    I just read Beck Weathers' account of this same excursion and loved it, so, naturally I wanted to read this next. I am glad I read them in that order. This book was way more journalistic, but, I loved the details. Jon is a wonderful storyteller. I highly recommend this book.
  • Emotional and educational

    By Ktlady1
    This book taught me a great deal about Everest. I cannot imagine the turmoil the author has had to deal with after such a tragedy. I am grateful to him for showing me what makes these climbers keep going up these dangerous mountains. I too know someone who perished on Everest and was unable to understand what this all entailed. Thank you for sharing this detailed report.
  • Fire starter

    By Cory13evans13
    Great for starting a fire the pages just burn so great
  • You know what it's called

    By Jetzal
    I never actually finished this...
  • Take notes. Hard to keep up.

    By Lizzletheawesome
    The story is amazing. You can't put the book down but.. With so many people involved it's very hard to know who is who. Write down the people, first and last name because he uses both when speaking about them or recalling conversations, which team they are on, who their leaders are and their professions. This will help tremendously when it comes to the second half of the book. All in all great read but wish I could really understand who was who so the rebuttal makes more sense but I can't remember and where they were when it comes too forming my own opinion.
  • Read during the winter with tea

    By Toasty in Here
    Wonderful account of life where life doesn't belong. Pity that the epilogue is so petty.
  • Amazing book

    By Typicaluser
    Jon, if your reading "great job". This is angrest read, at times I felt as if I was actually climbing the mountain.
  • Great book

    By rmh1262
    Read in one week. I could not put this one down. Very telling, and honest account of the fateful time on top of the world.
  • Amazing

    By Iti:-)
    Highly recomendable! Very easy going and you get to learn a lot about what really means summiting mount Everest, while reading one of the most breathtaking true stories. Perhaps the only critic is that the author describes to much about climbers that doesn't have much to do with the core story.