Into the Silence The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

ISBN-10: 0375708154

ISBN-13: 9780375708152

Edition: 2012

Authors: Wade Davis

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On June 6, 1924, two men set out from a camp perched at 23,000 feet on an ice ledge just below the lip of Mount Everest’s North Col. George Mallory, thirty-seven, was Britain’s finest climber. Sandy Irvine was a young Oxford scholar of twenty-two with little previous mountaineering experience. Neither of them returned. In this magisterial work of history and adventure, based on more than a decade of prodigious research in British, Canadian, and European archives, and months in the field in Nepal and Tibet, Wade Davis vividly re-creates British climbers’ epic attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s. With new access to letters and diaries, Davis recounts the heroic efforts of George Mallory and his fellow climbers to conquer the mountain in the face of treacherous terrain and furious weather.Into the Silencesets their remarkable achievements in sweeping historical context: Davis shows how the exploration originated in nineteenth-century imperial ambitions, and he takes us far beyond the Himalayas to the trenches of World War I, where Mallory and his generation found themselves and their world utterly shattered.  In the wake of the war that destroyed all notions of honor and decency, the Everest expeditions, led by these scions of Britain’s elite, emerged as a symbol of national redemption and hope. Beautifully written and rich with detail,Into the Silenceis a classic account of exploration and endurance, and a timeless portrait of an extraordinary generation of adventurers, soldiers, and mountaineers the likes of which we will never see again.From the Hardcover edition.
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Wade Davis was named one of the Explorers for the Millennium by the National Geographic Society. He is an anthropologist and ethnobotanist whose books include the international bestsellerThe Serpent and the Rainbow. K. David Harrison is a linguist whose work with endangered languages is receiving national attention. He conducts expeditions to remote places around the world in his study of global language loss.

Maps
Preface
Great Gable
Everest Imagined
The Plan of Attack
Hinks's Watch
Enter Mallory
The Doorway to the Mountain
The Blindness of Birds
Eastern Approaches
The North Col
The Summit of Their Desires
Finch's Triumph
The Thread of Life
The Price of Life Is Death
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Annotated Bibliography
Index
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