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

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Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis

Synopsis: 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.

2012 WINNER OF THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION

Published: October 2011 | ISBN-13: 978-0375708152

Author’s Homepage: http://www.daviswade.com
Author’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorwadedavis

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One thought on “Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

  1. This book is an absolute stunner, don’t let the size of it put you off reading it! You will learn so much history and be amazed at the tenacity of those early climbing pioneers.

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