Into the Silence

The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

By Wade Davis
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780375708152, 655pp.)

Publication Date: October 2, 2012

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The definitive story of the British adventurers who survived the trenches of World War I and went on to risk their lives climbing Mount Everest.
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 Everest's North Col. George Mallory, thirty-seven, was Britain's finest climber. Sandy Irvine was a twenty-two-year-old Oxford scholar with little previous mountaineering experience. Neither of them returned.
Drawing on more than a decade of prodigious research, bestselling author and explorer Wade Davis vividly re-creates the heroic efforts of Mallory and his fellow climbers, setting their significant achievements in sweeping historical context: from Britain's nineteen-century imperial ambitions to the war that shaped Mallory's generation. Theirs was a country broken, and the Everest expeditions emerged as a powerful symbol of national redemption and hope. In Davis's rich exploration, he creates a timeless portrait of these remarkable men and their extraordinary times.




About the Author
Wade Davis has studied the zombie phenomenon extensively. He is author of "The Serpent and the Rainbow", a chronicle of his experiences in Haiti while trying to locate the zombie poison.
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