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Everest, 1996Read about another book on the list.
In 1996, Jon Krakauer went to Everest for Outside magazine to report on how commercial expeditions were changing the mountain. He got a far bigger story: on the day he reached the summit, a number of mountain guides (including New Zealander Rob Hall) and their wealthy clients were caught in a storm and eight died. Krakauer’s account is a modern example of how the power of nature can still expose hubris and ignorance. Although Russian guide Anatoli Boukreev countered with his own bestselling account, Krakauer’s Into Thin Air changed adventure publishing as editors scrambled to repeat its success.