Into the Silence is a great, sprawling, long book that's the result of years and years of research. It's a history book, a geography book, an adventure book and a novel all wrapped up into a thoroughly engrossing read. The type of book you can curl up with numerous late nights and take your time reading. For page after page you're right up there in the mountains, wearing a woolen coat and mitts and a pair of sturdy boots trying to conquer Everest.
Astonishing detail about the logistics, the history, the cultures, the infighting, the financing, the politics, the marketing and the unbelievable personalities.
Just a magnificent piece of work. One of the very rare times that I want to hand out SIX stars. If you love travel, discovery and mountaineering, you'll hardly find better.