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Into The Silence

by Wade Davis

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PUBLISHED: 4th October 2012
ISBN: 9780099563839
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Trade paperback. Looks at the life of George Mallory and that of his generation, through WWI and his attempts to climb Mount Everest. A monumental work of history and adventure, in which Davis asks why Mallory kept climbing on that fateful day. 'Wade Davis has penned an exceptional book on an extraordinary generation.' Joe Simpson
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  • Paperback
    $42.00
PUBLISHED: 4th October 2012
ISBN: 9780099563839
ANNOTATION:
Trade paperback. Looks at the life of George Mallory and that of his generation, through WWI and his attempts to climb Mount Everest. A monumental work of history and adventure, in which Davis asks why Mallory kept climbing on that fateful day. 'Wade Davis has penned an exceptional book on an extraordinary generation.' Joe Simpson

Annotation

Trade paperback. Looks at the life of George Mallory and that of his generation, through WWI and his attempts to climb Mount Everest. A monumental work of history and adventure, in which Davis asks why Mallory kept climbing on that fateful day. 'Wade Davis has penned an exceptional book on an extraordinary generation.' Joe Simpson

Publisher 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.

Author Biography

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.

Review

I was captivated. Wade Davis has penned an exceptional book on an extraordinary generation. They do not make them like that any more. And there would always only ever be one Mallory. From the pathos of the trenches to the inevitable tragedies high on Everest this is a book deserving of awards. Monumental in its scope and conception it nevertheless remains hypnotically fascinating throughout. A wonderful story tinged with sadness. -- Joe Simpson, Author Of Touching The Void Wade Davis's mesmerizing telling of Mallory's fabled story gives new and revealing weight to the significance of its post-war era and to Mallory's dazzlingly accomplished and courageous companions. Into the Silence succeeds not only because Davis's research has been prodigious, but because every sentence has been struck with conviction, every image evoked with fierce reverence-for the heartbreaking twilight era, for the magnificent resilience of its survivors, for their mission, for Mallory, for his mountain. An epic worthy of its epic. -- Caroline Alexander, Author Of The Endurance And The War That Killed Achilles Into the Silence is a breathtaking triumph. An astonishing piece of research, it is also intensely moving, evoking the courage, chivalry, and sacrifice that drove Mallory and his companions through the war and to ever greater heights -- William Shawcross, Author Of The Queen Mother INTO THE SILENCE is utterly fascinating, and grippingly well-written. With extraordinary skill Wade Davis manages to weave together such disparate strands as Queen Victoria's Indian Raj, the 'Great Game' of intrigue against Russia, the horrors of the Somme, and Britain's obsession to conquer the world's highest peak, all linking to that terrible moment atop Everest when Mallory fell to his death. The mystery of whether he and Irving ever reached the summit remains tantalisingly unsolved. -- Alistair Horne The meticulously researched and definitive account of a legend... Fascinating and immensely enjoyable -- Leo Houlding, Rock Climber

Review Text

Maybe the prime minister should read it

Promotional "Headline"

WINNER OF THE 2012 SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE. A monumental work of history, biography and adventure - the First World War, Mallory and Mount Everest

Product Details

Author
Wade Davis
Year
2012
ISBN-10
0099563835
ISBN-13
9780099563839
Media
Book
Publication Date
2012-10-04
Pages
672
Publisher
Random House
Subtitle
The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Short Title
INTO THE SILENCE
Language
English
Series
Vintage Books
Format
Paperback
Audience
General/Trade