The Unglamorous History of Trying to Climb Everest [Book Review]


From the 1921 Reconnaissance Expedition. Mallory front left, photographer Maj. Edward O. Wheeler to his left. Photo courtesy of Yale – Environment 360.

Climbing and history nerds: I have found your book.

Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, written by Wade Davis, combines the storytelling of climbing tales with sharp attention to how politics and culture shape our choices as it tells the story of the many failed first expeditions to the world’s tallest mountain. Continue reading