INTO THE SILENCE
The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest
Published by Knopf October 20, 2011
Author tour: Denver, New York, Portland OR, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC
“As breathtaking and astounding
as any previous climbing literature.”
“Well written, meticulously researched,
and full of gripping descriptions.
“In 1924, British climbers George Mallory and Andrew ‘Sandy’ Irvine, as part of that year’s British Mount Everest Expedition, disappeared as they attempted to be the first climbers ever to reach the summit.
“The mystery of their fate has long haunted the mountaineering world, with many books on the topic. Few can compare to the sheer scope and depth here. Anthropologist Davis moves beyond mountaineering history to delve into the history of British involvement into the Himalayas and the backgrounds of the many players in the British quest to conquer Everest. Davis focuses on the importance of World War I in shaping the worldviews of the expedition members and their backers.
“Describing in harrowing detail the wartime experience of many of the climbers, Davis uses the Everest quest as a prism thorough which to examine the vast changes wrought by the war.”
—Ingrid Levin, LIBRARY JOURNAL
“This vital contribution to Everest literature should rivet readers.”
—Gilbert Taylor, BOOKLIST
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