Ona, You might want to check out the earlier thread on this book. We read it in our library discussion group and wow our chats lasted a month. I thought the history that Krakauer (sp?) wrote was well done. Good writing and sticking to the facts is not easy to do, but he did it well. The book wasn't a fast read for me because I just kept thinking "damn religion"
I also liked K other books. Especially the one about the young guy in Alaska. Oh and the one about the mountain climbing group who lost so many ...I may be wrong but I think he was one of the treker on Mt Everest (Zumolangma in Chinese) Amazing that the Chinese name is for the Allmighty mother mountain and the Europeans named it after a man.