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Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest Paperback – Oct 6 2011

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House Export (Oct. 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184792185X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847921857
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
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A deeply moving epic that takes you from the depths of human misery in the trenches of France to the roof of the world in Tibet; from missiles and mud to mountain vistas, and the group of men who represented some of the best of the survivors of the "lost generation", yes, warts and all.

In 1999 Mallory's body was discoverd on Everest giving us no clue as to wether or not he had summited. With none of the modern climbing gear that is now taken for granted, we know that he and his partner at least came very close. After reading the book it somehow dosn't matter.....but that missing picture of Mallory's wife has made me a believer.

I very much appreciated the references to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the "Blue Puttees". Who knows what heights those young men could have gained had they lived.
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An amazing read. Starts with the Great War stuff. General Haig and his cronies were definitely completely stupid and cowards too. None of the general staff went near where the fighting was. They sat miles back and sent hundreds of thousands to meaningless deaths. Yes that was hundreds of thousands. Such a waste for no reason.

On to the Everest expeditions of 1921, 1922 and 1924. Much to be learned here. The development of mountaineering techniques including the use of oxygen. How the area was mapped by a Canadian. The amazing stupidity of the Alpine Club members who made decisions entirely based on class without regard for skills and abilities. How the Tibetans lived particularly in relation to their religion.

A terrific read on so many levels."
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Wade Davis does an outstanding job in "Into the Silence". He describes the early attempts to climb Mount Everest, focusing on the men involved and placing them in their historical context-- World War I, the British Raj and etc. This is an extraordinary tale, thoroughly researched and imaginatively told. I thoroughly recommend it.

Allan Wakefield
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Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

I've had my copy of 'into the silence' ever since Wade Davis did an absorbing interview on Australia's ABC, but loaned it to a couple of friends... So have just finished it. Loved every chapter, and thought the next couldn't be better than the last, but it was.
So, I may be the only person that is completely enthralled by the bibliography as well! It's almost as good as being at a lecture where Davis explains his research and writing methods and practice. He makes you want to read more and more and more. A real explorer.
Davis has received much deserved acclaim for this masterpiece. Especially astounding that he has taken literally mountains of words and statistics and little stories and already heroic epics and made this beautiful spellbinding lyrical work... ten years? I hope to spend the next ten years re-reading and contemplating...

One more thing: When you look at the maps and realise that when the explorers started their 1921 expedition, this was all uncharted, the work of Wheeler on that trip becomes truly monumental.

Most readers will bring with them some knowledge of the subjects: the Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest. All the more significant that Wade Davis has brought them together in such a truly magnificent and significant volume.
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I am not a mountain climber, but an admirer of those who are. The Mallory story has fascinated me for years, but until this magisterial and magnificent new book made its appearance I hadn't read much about him. I appreciated many things, especially the description of the WW1 atrocities.I've read a few books on the subject by Canadian authors and have been greatly moved by the sacrifice, the innocence, and maddening inflexibility of the Brits under which we fought. (The same bull-headed inflexibility almost led to the defeat of the British navy at Jutland.) Davis's weaving of this background story into the Everest story is masterful, moving, and helpful in understanding the milieu of the times that lead to Everest.

I was also grateful for the author's treatment of Canadian Arthur Wakefield who accomplished so much in his lifetime, yet was under-appreciated by Mallory. Until now I knew nothing of Wakefield, but I plan to pursue finding out more about him. There was also another Canadian Edward Wheeler, of whom Mallory also held a less than stellar opinion, probably because Mallory suffered from a condition that held colonials in low regard. And yet Wheeler was critical to Mallory's team. He was also later knighted for his services in mapping India for the Brits. To my mind Mallory is emblematic of the easy disregard Canadians suffer from others who know little about us and care even less.

The characters in this book all stand out clearly and sympathetically. They moved me a great deal. The descriptions of Tibet and other places (not to mention England at that time) left clear impressions on my mind and in my heart. Davis's language is always clear and affective. Overall, the treatment of the reasons why men did these things is simply wonderful. The author has great insight and delicacy.

All in all a great, great read.
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