Classic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk

Classic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk

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Spanning an extraordinary range of subjects and locations, these ten gripping essays show why Jon Krakauer is considered a standard-bearer of modern journalism.

His pieces take us from a horrifying avalanche on Mount Everest to a volcano poised to obliterate a big chunk of Seattle; from a wilderness teen-therapy program run by apparent sadists to an otherworldly cave in New Mexico, studied by NASA to better understand Mars; from the notebook of one Fred Beckey, who catalogued the greatest unclimbed mountaineering routes on the planet, to the last days of legendary surfer Mark Foo.

Bringing together work originally published in such magazines as The New Yorker, Outside, and Smithsonian--all rigorously researched, vividly written, and marked by an unerring instinct for storytelling and scoop--Classic Krakauer powerfully demonstrates the author's ambivalent love affair with unruly landscapes and his relentless search for truth.

Author: Jon Krakauer
Publisher: Anchor Books
Published: 10/29/2019
Pages: 192
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.44lbs
Size: 7.90h x 5.10w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9781984897695

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 09/01/2019
Publishers Weekly 08/26/2019

About the Author
Jon Krakauer is the author of eight books and has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. According to the award citation, "Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer."