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INTO THIN AIR: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE MOUNT EVEREST DISASTER 1997 1st ed 1st ptg Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Jon Krakauer
By Krakauer, Jon
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                    SIGNED by Jon Krakauer on the half title page.

New York, 1997, 1st edition, 1st printing. [The first edition of this book, and most Random House books, states 'First Edition' with the lowest number on the line of numbers of printing being a 2] 293 pp, photos, maps.
Original hardcover first edition with a dust jacket, both book and dust jacket are in Fine condition. 

See the example and explanation below of how to identify a first edition of Into Thin Air. On May 10, 1996, eight climbers, some paid guides, some clients, died on Mount Everest. It was the most sensational event in mountaineering history since Everest and Annapurna were first climbed 45 years earlier.
 
 
The publisher of Into Thin Air, Random House, has their own unique way of marking their first editions. This can make it tricky to identify a real first edition if you are unfamiliar with Random House's method.
Above is the copyright page of a true first edition of Into Thin Air. Their unique way of omitting the number 1 in the number line is common to all Random House books and imprints, including Random House, Knopf, Times, Bantam, Dell, Crown, Clarkson Potter, Broadway, Doubleday, Anchor, Schocken, Vintage, Ballantine, and about a dozen other publishing names.
 
Longer description of the events in the book:

When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top. No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds. Six hours later and 3,000 feet lower, in 70-knot winds and blinding snow, Krakauer collapsed in his tent, freezing, hallucinating from exhaustion and hypoxia, but safe.

The following morning, he learned that six of his fellow climbers hadn't made it back to their camp and were desperately struggling for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated.

Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest, up to that point, by the acclaimed journalist and author of the bestseller Into the Wild. On assignment for Outside Magazine to report on the growing commercialization of the mountain, Krakauer, an accomplished climber, went to the Himalayas as a client of Rob Hall, the most respected high-altitude guide in the world. A rangy, thirty-five-year-old New Zealander, Hall had summited Everest four times between 1990 and 1995 and had led thirty-nine climbers to the top.

Ascending the mountain in close proximity to Hall's team was a guided expedition led by Scott Fischer, a forty-year-old American with legendary strength and drive who had climbed the peak without supplemental oxygen in 1994. But neither Hall nor Fischer survived the rogue storm that struck in May 1996.

Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people -- including himself -- to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.


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