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

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


By (author) Wade Davis

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 655 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 36mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 2 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375708154
  • ISBN 13: 9780375708152
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps, black & white plates
  • Sales rank: 190,318

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In this work of history and adventure Wade Davis asks not whether George Mallory was the first to reach the summit of Everest, but rather why he kept on climbing on that fateful day. His answer lies in a single phrase uttered by one of the survivors as they retreated from the mountain: 'The price of life is death'.

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Wade Davis is the bestselling author of fifteen books, including" The Serpent and the Rainbow" and "One River, " and is an award-winning anthropologist. He currently holds the post of National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and divides his time between Washington, D.C., and northern British Columbia.

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"Davis's book, ten years in the writing, is highly absorbing narrative . . . A heroic attempt to capture the scale of the undertaking to conquer the highest mountain on earth." --Michael Jeffries, "The Newark Star-Ledger" "A magnificent, audacious venture . . . "Into the Silence" is quite unlike any other mountaineering book. It not only spins a gripping Boy's Own yarn about the early British expeditions to Everest, but investigates how the carnage of the trenches bled into a desire for redemption at the top of the world. Many of those Himalayan explorers, including Mallory, had served in the corpse-ridden fields of northern France. Indeed, of the 26 men who climbed in the three expeditions, 20 had seen front-line action. Six had been severely wounded, two others hospitalized by disease at the front, and one treated for shell shock. All had seen dozens of friends and countrymen die. For these veterans, the author argues, death had lost its power . . . At its heart, "Into the Silence" is an elegy for a lost generation." --Ed Caesar, "The Sunday Times" (Front cover) "A gripper of a read . . . "Silence" revives the cliff's-edge drama of those Jazz age climbs and drives home the tragedy of Mallory's death." --Bruce Barcott, "Outside " "The men in this story had, for the most part, been young in 1914, bright and energetic and full of dreams. By 1918 those who had survived had seen and done things that no one should have to know about, and Davis does a magnificent job detailing their experiences, setting up the rest of the story--the expeditionary saga--as a logical response, even an inspired rejoinder to the soul-destroying realities of war. . . it is perhaps the book's signature achievement that [Davis] keeps the narrative zipping along toward its inexorable and tragic conclusion while so thoroughly and persuasively contextualizing key events." --Christina Thompson, "The Boston Globe" "This profoundly ambitious book aims hig