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High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed

High Crimes: the Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed - Michael Kodas only 1.99 on ibooks!

an obvious Into Thin Air knock-off, at least the prose isn't terrible. 1.99 is a price point that means the author is doing the world a favor, and I accept this favor graciously. a few hours more in Everest, and if the sheer genius doesn't quite reach Krakauer, at least there is no devolution into sheer irrelevancy.

intrigue/ death-seekers on Mount Everest. lacking the magazine-style "urgency/ most relevant topic" style of Krakauer, Kodas provides value for money. Krakauer exceeds Kodas in two ways: individual stories/profiles are more evocative/newsworthy; and two, the work as a whole is more unified in 'Into Thin Air' than in 'High Crimes.' it's not absolutely clear Kodas could have sold even the best thirty pages here to New Yorker, whereas 80% of Into Thin Air could be turned into individual magazine pieces.

2.25.13 note; i've downgraded to 3/5. cost is nice, but hey, just giving a review on goodreads is a service, too.


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