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    DescriptionNo one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest essays and reporting, Krakauer writes of mountains from the memorable perspective of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale Alaska's notorious Devils Thumb. In Pakistan, the fearsome K2 kills thirteen of the world's most experienced mountain climbers in one horrific summer. In Valdez, Alaska, two men scale a frozen waterfall over a four-hundred-foot drop. In France, a hip international crowd of rock climbers, bungee jumpers, and paragliders figure out new ways to risk their lives on the towering peaks of Mont Blanc. Why do they do it? How do they do it? In this extraordinary book, Krakauer presents an unusual fraternity of daredevils, athletes, and misfits stretching the limits of the possible. From the paranoid confines of a snowbound tent, to the thunderous, suffocating terror of a white-out on Mount McKinley, "Eiger Dreams" spins tales of driven lives, sudden deaths, and incredible victories. This is a stirring, vivid book about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.


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    Title
    Eiger Dreams
    Subtitle
    Ventures Among Men and Mountains
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jon Krakauer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 160 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780330370004
    ISBN 10: 0330370006
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC subject category V2: WSZG
    DC21: 796.522
    LC subject heading:
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DFHA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T14.2
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24490
    BISAC V2.8: TRV001000, SPO029000
    Libri: B-650
    BIC subject category V2: 1DFHA
    Thema V1.0: SZG
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Pan Books
    Publication date
    03 June 1998
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review quote
    The author of "Into Thin Air" "has taken the literature of mountains onto a higher ledge." --"New York Times Book Review """ "Armchair adventurers can't ask for better entertainment than this tour of the legendary locations of mountaineering and the eccentric climbers who gather there." --"Publisher's Weekly"
    Review text
    Twelve entertaining essays on mountaineering, all but one culled from Outside, Smithsonian, etc. Krakauer, a Seattle-based free-lance writer and "part-time mountaineer," confesses that by the age of eight "climbing was the only thing I cared about." Not exactly an ace climber - the occasional humor in these pieces tends to derive from his failures on the slopes - Krakauer conveys well the formidable, even terrifying aspects of the sport, The title piece tells of his aborted attempt to mount a deadly Swiss peak; "Club Denali" similarly recounts his unsuccessful assault on Mt. McKinley (although he did hang out with a group of climbers - "The Throbbing Members" - who reached the top). "Gill" reports on John Gill, a mathematician who works his way up boulders; "Canyoneering" describes ascents in the wild backcountry of Arizona; "The Burgess Brothers" celebrates a legendary mountain-climbing set of identical twins. Other essays examine K2, Chamonix, glacier flying, frozen-waterfall ascents, the issue of which mountain is the tallest (it's still Everest), and a harrowing climb that Krakauer made as a young man. A solid if not towering debut, likely to please not only mountain maniacs but adventure-buffs in general. (Kirkus Reviews)