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Into the Silence

The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

by Wade Davis

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category: History
published: Oct 2012
ISBN:9780676979206
publisher: Knopf Canada
imprint: Vintage Canada
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A classic account of exploration and endurance from the bestselling author of The Wayfinders.
 
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. He takes us 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.
 
Into the Silence is a timeless portrait of an extraordinary generation of adventurers, the likes of which we will never see again.

Contributor Notes

WADE DAVIS is the bestselling author of several books, including The Serpent and the Rainbow and One River, and is an award-winning anthropologist, ethnobotanist, filmmaker and photographer. Davis currently holds the post of National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and divides his time between Washington, DC, where he teaches, and northern British Columbia.

Awards
  • Winner, Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award - Nonfiction
  • Short-listed, Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
Editorial Review

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
FINALIST FOR THE CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE FOR LITERARY NON-FICTION
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE
 
"Enthralling.... Far and away the best account of this seminal chapter in the epic history of mountaineering. A magnificent work."
The National
 
"Assiduously researched.... Extraordinary."
The New York Times Book Review
 
"A terrific adventure story."
The Globe and Mail
 
"Hair raising."
—Andrew Motion, The Guardian
 
"An epic tale of an entire era:... Alive with psychological insight rooted in harrowing accounts of the First World War."
The Georgia Straight
 
"Richly detailed.... Riveting, with vivid portraits of all the players.... The definitive treatment of this subject."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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