Classic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk (Paperback)

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When the iron skillet skies of a Pacific Northwest winter have you huddled indoors, Classic Krakauer offers vital refreshment. These ten articles, mostly written in the nineties, explore different facets of wilderness—thought-provoking, sure, but also just darn good fun to read. Krakauer's prose is crisp and clean, and his subjects are thoroughly researched. Whether profiling legendary “dirtbag” Fred Beckey, recreating the final 30-foot wave surfed by Mark Foo, or investigating disturbing teen-therapy wilderness programs, Classic Krakauer provides a reflective jolt to the adrenal gland. -John

— From Winter Gazette 2019


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.

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.”

Praise For…

“Krakauer is a masterly writer and reporter.” —The New York Times Book Review

"A first-rate journalist." —San Francisco Chronicle

"Krakauer is an extremely gifted storyteller as well as a relentlessly honest and evenhanded journalist." —Elle

"Jon Krakauer has made a name for himself by writing about impassioned individuals and the incredible lengths to which they go in pursuit of their goals." —San Jose Mercury News
Product Details
ISBN: 9781984897695
ISBN-10: 1984897691
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: October 29th, 2019
Pages: 192