On June 6, 1924, two men set out from a camp perched at
23,000 feet on an ice ledge just below the lip of Mount Everest’s North Col.
George Mallory, thirty-seven, was Britain’s finest climber. Sandy Irvine was a
young Oxford scholar of twenty-two with little previous mountaineering experience.
Neither of them returned.
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 recreates
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. Into
the Silence sets their remarkable achievements in sweeping historical
context: Davis shows how the exploration originated in nineteenth-century
imperial ambitions, and he takes us far 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.
Beautifully written and rich with detail, Into the Silence is a classic account of
exploration and endurance, and a timeless portrait of an extraordinary
generation of adventurers, soldiers, and mountaineers the likes of which we
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