Into the Silence: Exploring Mount Everest

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wade Davis gives an account of the generation of adventurers, soldiers, and mountaineers who attempted to tackle Mount Everest in the 1920s. In Into the Silence, he looks at how World War I affected these climbers and recounts the efforts of George Mallory and his fellow climbers to conquer the mountain in the face of treacherous terrain and weather.


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Comments [4]

jeangaijin from Rockaway, NJ

I think if you listen again to the podcast you'd hear that that comment about him making the book a hit was a joke; it seemed clear to me from his tone and the the fact that he gave a little laugh afterwards. I think it was meant in teasing, not at all boastfully!

Oct. 24 2011 01:16 PM

There did seem to be quite a bit of 'give and take' between Leonard and Wade today Alex. And I agree with you the comment that Davis's first book became a best seller 'after he appeared' on the show was presumptuous and graceless. I am a fan of Davis's books and I didn't need Leonard Lopate to introduce me to them.

Oct. 24 2011 01:07 PM

Did Lopate say that Davis' earlier book became a bestseller "after his appearance on this show"? What presumption and lack of grace!

Oct. 24 2011 12:58 PM

Motivation for British Victorian men to climb mountains? Same as it is today - a daddy complex. "Look Dad - F-You, I climbed a mountain!!"
There's a great book called Women on High by Rebecca Brown. Women have been climbing mountains since the 1800s, not that you'd know from the media.

Oct. 24 2011 12:51 PM

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