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Into the Silence

With Wade Davis

Monday, October 24, 2011
8:00 PM–9:30 PM

Anthropologist / explorer Wade Davis gives an illustrated talk to mark the publication of his new book Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest.
Presented in association with Patagonia
In this magisterial work of history and adventure, Wade Davis vividly re-creates Britain’s epic attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s. With new access to letters and diaries, Davis recounts the heroic attempts of George Mallory and his fellow climbers to conquer the mountain in the face of treacherous terrain and furious weather. Davis shows how the exploration originated in nineteenth-century imperial ambitions, and he takes us far beyond the Himalayas to the trenches of World War I, where Mallory and his generation found themselves and their world utterly shattered. In the wake of a war that cost millions of lives, the Everest expeditions, led by these scions of Britain’s elite, became a symbol of national redemption. Beautifully written and rich with detail, Into the Silence is a classic account of exploration and mountaineering, and a timeless portrait of a few iconic men.
Award-winning anthropologist Wade Davis is the best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including The Serpent and the Rainbow, One River, and The Wayfinders. He currently holds the post of National Geographic explorer-in-residence, and divides his time between Washington, D.C. and northern British Columbia.
Come early for a drink at the bar and see the exhibition:
Human Currants: The World’s Largest Pilgrimage as Interpreted by Hannes Schmid (on now through November 13, 2011).
A book signing for Into the Silence will follow the talk.
Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest
$32.50 (RMA Members $29.25)