WINNER 2012 – Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction
FINALIST 2012 – CBA Libris Award for Non-Fiction Book of the Year
FINALIST 2012 – Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
FINALIST 2012 – Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction
FINALIST 2012 – Banff Mountain Book Competition for Mountain & Wilderness Literature
"The best new book I've read in which the War figures hugely is by Wade Davis and it's called Into the Silence… I don't think I've read anything that has shocked me as much as these accounts did. Written with an extraordinary kind of address and a feel for its barbarity that is really hair raising."
—Andrew Motion, The Guardian (podcast)
"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."
"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 tantalizingly unsolved. Into the Silence deserves to be an instant bestseller."
"The meticulously researched and definitive account of a legend… Fascinating and immensely enjoyable."
"The First World War, the worst calamity humanity has ever inflicted on itself, still reverberates in our lives. In its immediate aftermath, a few young men who had fought in it went looking for a healing challenge, and found it far from the Western Front. In recreating their astonishing adventure, Wade Davis has given us an elegant meditation on the courage to carry on."
—George F. Will
"Wade Davis' 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' research was 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
"I was captivated. They were a gilded generation and for me the nineteen twenties and thirties were the golden age of mountaineering. Wade Davis has penned an exceptional book on an extraordinary generation. They do not make them like that anymore. 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 is the bestselling author of several books, including The Serpent and the Rainbow and One River, and is an award-winning anthropologist, ethnobotanist, filmmaker and photographer. Davis currently holds the post of National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and divides his time between Washington, DC, where he teaches, and northern British Columbia.See all Product Description
It was Great read. Some of the details of the Great War well written, but horifying. The Everest climb was incredible considering the equipment was really inadequate, but was... Read morePublished 3 months ago by donald f tranter
Using the First World War to weave the story of the men who made the early attempts on Everest was a fascinating way to capture their motivation and inspiration. Read morePublished 4 months ago by kevin p mcneil
This book goes down as one of the greats of writing centred in the Himalaya. I t will be on the shelf with works by Peter Matthiesen and Heinrich Harrer.. Read morePublished 7 months ago by S.R. Gage
A remarkable account of world events and the race for Everest. Incredibly detailed and infinitely researched.Published 9 months ago by Eamonn C O'Connell
I bought this for my son, read before giving. Wade Davis is a real life Indian Jones. Wow.Published 9 months ago by Bettyjane Wylie
When I glanced into this book I thought it looked tedious, but I was very wrong. The author starts with graphic descriptions of the horror of the first World War then keeps... Read morePublished 10 months ago by David
Into the Silence is one of the most entertaining and informative books I have ever read. I am a person who had to give away some 4,000 books a few years ago for lack of space and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by GaryMac
Nothing I can say about this book would do it justice. It's amazing. Read it. And hope that Davis writes more and more books.Published 12 months ago by David