This book has been out for so long that you probably already made a decision about whether to read it. I think I'd already even skimmed through it once. But I was watching Touching The Void, which is great, decided to continue my mountaineering buzz, and read this book. It is amazing. So compelling. Much of the action takes place at an altitude where even an experienced climber might suddenly start bleeding from their face and then die, or their heart might stop. Tiny errors compound. A Sherpa risks death to carry a New York society lady's satellite phone. A bottleneck forces people to wait while their brains die of oxygen deprivation. Krakauer's own role in the story is incredible.
This might've edged out Into The Wild as my favorite Krakauer book, but hey - read both!