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

‘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.

Reviews

Maybe the prime minister should read it

Stephen Frears, Guardian

I was enthralled by Wade Davis’s Into the Silence, an account of three failed Everest expeditions leading up to the death of Mallory in 1924, which brilliantly places those feats of endurance in the context of British imperialism and the psychological aftermath of the First World War

Ben Macintyre, The Times

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780099563839

    November 14, 2012

    Vintage

    672 pages

    RRP $34.99

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  • EBook

    9781448113972

    October 6, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    672 pages

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