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    Description'The price of life is death'. For Mallory, as for all of his generation, death was but 'a frail barrier that men crossed, smiling and gallant, every day'. As climbers they accepted a degree of risk unimaginable before the war. What mattered now was how one lived, and the moments of being alive. While the quest for Mount Everest may have begun as a grand imperial gesture, it ended as a mission of revival for a country and a lost generation bled white by war. In a monumental work of history and adventure, Davis asks not whether George Mallory was the first to reach the summit of Everest, but rather why he kept climbing on that fateful day.

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    Into The Silence
    The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest
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    By (author) Wade Davis
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 672
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 49 mm
    Weight: 745 g
    ISBN 13: 9780099563839
    ISBN 10: 0099563835

    BIC E4L: BIO
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: BG, HBTB, HBLW, WSZG
    BISAC V2.8: BIO023000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24490
    BISAC V2.8: HIS051000, BIO006000
    DC23: 796.5220922
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    04 October 2012
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    An Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, Wade Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Davis is the author of 15 books including The Serpent and the Rainbow, One River, and The Wayfinders. His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series produced for the National Geographic Channel. In 2009 he received the Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his contributions to anthropology and conservation, and he is the 2011 recipient of the Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers' Club, and the 2012 David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration, the most prestigious prize for botanical exploration.
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    "Maybe the prime minister should read it" -- Stephen Frears Guardian "I was enthralled by Wade Davis's Into the Silence, an account of three failed Everest expeditions leading up to the death of Mallory in 1924, which brilliantly places those feats of endurance in the context of British imperialism and the psychological aftermath of the First World War" -- Ben Macintyre The Times "I was captivated. Wade Davis has penned an exceptional book on an extraordinary generation. From the pathos of the trenches to the inevitable tragedies high on Everest this is a book deserving of awards" -- Joe Simpson, author of Touching the Void "Powerful and profound, a moving, epic masterpiece of literature, history and hope" Sunday Times "Brilliantly engrossing...a superb book... At once a group biography of remarkable characters snatched from oblivion, an instant classic of mountaineering literature, a study in imperial decline and an epic of exploration" -- Nigel Jones Guardian