Book Review: Into The Silence

Into The Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis

There is something about the story of George Mallory which attracts even those who are completely uninterested in climbing. As you can see from the title though, this is far bigger than just the story of one man. It examines the role of the British Empire, and how the race for Everest became for Great Britain a national obsession, and for Mallory a personal one.

Full review here: Into The Silence.

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2 Responses to Book Review: Into The Silence

  1. johndburns says:

    I’m writing a one man play about George Mallory – Beyond Everest which asks the question, what if he didn’t die. I think it’s a great book, a little slow at first but worth persevering.

    • jester1970 says:

      What if Mallory had lived? It would probably depend on whether he had summited or not. Had he made it he would perhaps have managed to leave mountaineering behind, return to his family and after many lecture tours on the worl circuit, take up teaching. Had he failed, I think he would have been in the Donald Campbell mould, and would pushed again and again until he succeeded or died trying.

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