Best Selling Paperback Books by Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer is the author of Into Thin Air (2009), Classic Krakauer (2019), Eiger Dreams (2009), Under the Banner of Heaven (2004), Into the Wild (2009) and other 21 books.

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Into Thin Air

release date: Jan 01, 2009
Into Thin Air
The author describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, a disastrous expedition that claimed the lives of eight climbers, and explains why he survived.

Classic Krakauer

release date: Jan 01, 2019
Classic Krakauer
"The gripping articles collected in Classic Krakauer--originally published in magazines such as The New Yorker, Outside, and Smithsonian--show why he is considered a standard-bearer of modern journalism. Spanning an extraordinary range of subjects and locations, these 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. Rigorously researched and vividly written, marked by an unerring instinct for storytelling and scoop, these pieces are unified by the author''s ambivalent love affair with unruly landscapes and his relentless search for truth"--

Eiger Dreams

release date: Feb 10, 2009
Eiger Dreams
No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant hardships and victories more brilliantly than critically acclaimed author Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest work from such magazines as Outside and Smithsonian, he explores the subject from the unique and memorable perspective of one who has battled peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and, of course, the Eiger. Always with a keen eye, an open heart, and a hunger for the ultimate experience, he gives us unerring portraits of the mountaineering experience. Yet Eiger Dreams is more about people than about rock and ice—people with that odd, sometimes maniacal obsession with mountain summits that sets them apart from other men and women. Here we meet Adrian the Romanian, determined to be the first of his countrymen to solo Denali; John Gill, climber not of great mountains but of house-sized boulders so difficult to surmount that even demanding alpine climbs seem easy; and many more compelling and colorful characters. In the most intimate piece, “The Devils Thumb,” Krakauer recounts his own near-fatal, ultimately triumphant struggle with solo-madness as he scales Alaska''s Devils Thumb. Eiger Dreams is stirring, vivid writing about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.

Under the Banner of Heaven

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Under the Banner of Heaven
Traces the events that surrounded the 1984 murder of a woman and her child by fundamentalist Mormons Ron and Dan Lafferty, exploring the belief systems and traditions, including polygamy, that mark the faith''s most extreme factions and what their practices reflect about the nature of religion in America. Reader''s Guide available. Reprint. 300,000 first printing.

Into the Wild

release date: Sep 22, 2009
Into the Wild
Krakauer’s page-turning bestseller explores a famed missing person mystery while unraveling the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons. "Terrifying... Eloquent... A heart-rending drama of human yearning." —New York Times In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How Christopher Johnson McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and, unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild. Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless''s short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the drives and desires that propelled McCandless. When McCandless''s innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless''s uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity, and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer''s stoytelling blaze through every page.

Three Cups of Deceit

release date: May 02, 2018
Three Cups of Deceit
Greg Mortenson, the bestselling author of Three Cups of Tea, is a man who has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. But, as bestselling author Jon Krakauer demonstrates in this extensively researched and penetrating book, he is not all that he appears to be. Based on wide-ranging interviews with former employees, board members, and others who have intimate knowledge of Mortenson and his charity, the Central Asia Institute, Three Cups of Deceit uncovers multiple layers of deception behind Mortenson’s public image. Was his crusade really inspired by a desire to repay the kindness of villagers who nursed him back to health when he became lost on his descent down K2? Was he abducted and held for eight days by the Taliban? Has his charity built all of the schools that he has claimed? This book is a passionately argued plea for the truth, and a tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong. 100% of Jon Krakauer’s proceeds from the sale of Three Cups of Deceit will be donated to the “Stop Girl Trafficking” project at the American Himalayan Foundation (www.himalayan-foundation.org/live/project/stopgirltrafficking).

Where Men Win Glory

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Where Men Win Glory
Traces the controversial story of NFL player and army soldier Pat Tillman, describing the military''s efforts to hide the truth about his death by friendly fire, in an account that draws on Tillman''s journals and letters as well as interviews with family members and fellow soldiers. Reprint. A best-selling book.

Missoula

release date: Jan 01, 2016
Missoula
Acquaintance rape is a crime like no other. Unlike burglary or embezzlement or any other felony, the victim often comes under more suspicion than the alleged perpetrator. This is especially true if the victim is sexually active, if she had been drinking prior to the assault--and if the man she accuses plays on a popular sports team. For a woman in this situation, the pain of being forced into sex against her will is only the beginning of her ordeal. If she decides to go to the police, undertrained officers sometimes ask if she has a boyfriend, implying that she is covering up infidelity. She is told rape is extremely difficult to prove and repeatedly asked if she really wants to press charges. If she does want to charge her assailant, district attorneys frequently refuse to prosecute. If the assailant is indicted, even though a victim''s name is supposed to be kept confidential, rumors start in the community and on social media, labeling her a slut, unbalanced, an attention-seeker. The vanishingly small but highly publicized incidents of false accusations are used to dismiss her claims in the press. If the case goes to trial, the woman''s entire personal life often becomes fair game for the defense attorneys. This brutal reality goes a long way toward enplaning why acquaintance rape is the most underreported crime in America. In addition to physical trauma, its victims often suffer devastating psychological damage that leads to feelings of shame, emotional paralysis, and stigmatization. In Missoula, Krakauer chronicles the experiences of several women in Missoula--the nights when they were raped, their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the way they were treated by the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys; the public vilification and private anguish; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them.

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

release date: Jan 23, 2018
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
Here is Jon Krakauer’s portrait of the iconoclastic architect Christopher Alexander, whose revolutionary human-centered approach has shaken the foundations of modern architecture. Krakauer delves into Alexander’s life and career, from his theories on a timeless “pattern language” that could be used to create buildings and towns that were simultaneously more livable and more beautiful, to his belief that architecture is correctly viewed as a powerful social instrument; from his on-site drafting techniques to his design process that, like a cocoon, shapes a building from the inside out. With trademark rigor, nuance, and insight, Krakauer powerfully draws us into Alexander’s singular vision of human-centered design—one in which people reclaim control over their built environment.

In eisige Höhen

release date: Jan 01, 2000

Auf den Gipfeln der Welt

release date: Jan 01, 2000

Packrafting!: An Introduction & How-To Guide

release date: Mar 13, 2013
Packrafting!: An Introduction & How-To Guide
Packrafting! is about exploring wilderness and whitewater by packraft, a lightweight, portable boat usually weighing less than five pounds. Readers will learn about packrafting gear and technique as well as the many applications for packrafting. Packrafting can be combined with mountaineering, backcountry skiing, mountain biking or trekking as part of long expeditions, or short day trips. Foreword by Jon Krakauer.

In die Wildnis

release date: Jan 01, 1998

Into Thin Air /Jon Krakauer

release date: Jan 01, 1997

Geologists Worry about Dangers of Living Under the Volcano

release date: Jan 01, 1996

聖母峰之死

release date: Aug 06, 2014
聖母峰之死
Traditional Chinese edition of Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster. In Traditional Chinese. Annotation copyright Tsai Fong Books, Inc. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.

Iceland

release date: Oct 06, 1998
Iceland
"We raised our fists and cheered. . . . With the sagas in our heads, with Iceland at its wildest beneath our boots, it would not have been impossible to see Bárdr clumping along the summit ridge, prodding the glacier with his staff, ready to show us the way down." Iceland is a pictorial classic on one of the last "undiscovered" countries in Europe--reissued for the first time in paperback. Iceland is often thought to be covered by ice, but in fact it is gloriously green. Lush meadows, wildflower fields, and miles of rich tundra cover a landscape of remarkable variety: deep lakes, bubbling hot springs, tumbling waterfalls, snow-capped mountains. It''s also a landscape amazingly alive with massive lava flows and enormous glaciers. The human story of Iceland goes back more than eleven thousand years, and its heritage is told here in a treasury of riveting sagas of real-life heroes and all manner of supernatural beings. Both the land and the people of one of Europe''s most gorgeous countries come to life in this colorful account of the authors'' adventures as they walk, climb, and photograph their way through Iceland and connect to the bone-chilling sagas and the unfamiliar terrain. With breathtaking photographs from critically acclaimed writer and journalist Jon Krakauer, author of the international bestsellers Into Thin Air and Into the Wild, and a penetrating narrative from Outside contributing editor and travel writer David Roberts, Iceland splendidly captures the spirit of this enigmatic country. Circumnavigating Iceland in summer and winter, Krakauer and Roberts encounter tales of monks and Vikings, outlaws and adventurers, trolls and witches. While touring and photographing, they discover the myths and legends of Iceland''s stirring history. Numerous other feats--including a hazardous winter climb to the summit of one of Iceland''s tallest mountains--round out a fascinating introduction to this unique and beautiful land.

Book Group Bag

release date: Jan 01, 1999

Rêves de montagnes

release date: Nov 18, 1999
Rêves de montagnes
" Parvenu à l''âge de dix-huit ans, une seule chose m''intéressait : l''escalade. Tout le reste était subordonné à cette passion et, le plus souvent, je le négligeais complètement. " Fou d''alpinisme, Jon Krakauer nous offre ici douze récits d''aventures en montagne. Il nous entraîne dans l''ascension de l''Eiger, mais aussi de cascades de glace, de blocs de granit ou des parois verticales d''un canyon du Colorado, nous livrant au passage sa vision personnelle - quelque peu critique - de Chamonix, cette " capitale mondiale de l''alpinisme ". Nous le suivons avec un intérêt qui ne faiblit jamais de l''Alaska à l''Himalaya, des Rocheuses au sommet des Alpes, en ayant l''impression de vivre ses ascensions en direct. Krakauer a le don rare de restituer l''atmosphère d''un lieu, de nous faire voir les traits particuliers de telle ou telle montagne et de tracer sur le vif le portrait des hommes souvent fascinants qu''il rencontre chemin faisant. Jon Krakauer est depuis longtemps reconnu aux Etats-Unis comme le meilleur écrivain de montagne. Il a franchi quelques degrés supplémentaires dans la notoriété avec le triomphe de Tragédie à l''Everest, best-seller mondial d''ores et déjà considéré comme un grand classique du récit d''aventures.

Into Thin Air Flr

release date: Aug 01, 1996

The House of Silk

release date: Jun 12, 2007
The House of Silk
Korean edition of The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel. New stories of Sherlock Homes! Written by a master of mystery stories, this original new story of the sluth is so true to the original that it was endorsed by the Sir Conan Doyle estate! In Korean. Annotation copyright Tsai Fong Books, Inc. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.

Chōris oxygono

release date: Jan 01, 2000

Khāo pā hā chīwit

release date: Jan 01, 2016
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