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

Vintage. 2012. 688p. 9780375708152. pap. $16.95.
Readers who want to know more about Mallory and his attempts at Everest have a great body of work to explore. A fine place to begin is this massive book detailing Mallory's life and times. Wade's work reads as an expanded encyclopedia to what Rideout's novel draws upon. There are sections about the war (which Rideout uses thematically throughout her novel) and sections about each climb and the motivations of the men involved, but most of all, Davis offers a sense of Mallory's era. For those wanting to read more about Mallory, Sandy, and Everest, consider Mallory's Climbing Everest: The Complete Writings of George Mallory, Francis Younghusband's The Epic of Mount Everest, Peter and Leni Gillman's The Wildest Dream: The Biography of George Mallory, Jochen Hemmleb's, Larry A. Johnson's, and Eric R. Simonson's Ghosts of Everest: The Search for Mallory & Irvine, David Breashears's and Audrey Salkeld's The Last Climb: The Legendary Everest Expeditions of George Mallory, Conrad Anker's and David Robert's The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mount Everest, Reinhold Messner's The Second Death of George Mallory, and Everest: Summit of Achievement by the Royal Geographical Society.

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