This is a compelling, if not breathtaking, read about the 1996 disaster climbing Mount Everest. At almost 29,000 feet above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the world. Life that high up is very different than life at sea level. At times it was indescribably cold and very, very difficult to breathe. Krakauer’s first-person narrative described not only the climb itself but many of the people he met on the way. What a fantastic book for summer reading. Highly recommended.