Hi everyone, we're promoting a special Quicklet Bundle featuring the best of Jon Krakauer's works, including the following 4 titles:
+Into the Wild,
+Into Thin Air,
+Three Cups of Deceit,
Separately, you'd pay $11.96 for all 4, instead, you get them for 25% off in one convenient form!
Here are short descriptions from each book.
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Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer has climbed some of the most difficult peaks in the world, including the Devil’s Thumb in Southeast Alaska, the West Face of Cerro Torre in Patagonia, and Mt. Everest. It was his trip to Mt. Everest that would go on to give Krakauer a National Magazine Award for his article in Outside Magazine and “Book of the Year” for Into Thin Air. In both, Krakauer tells of the descent from Mt. Everest’s peak in which a storm killed off four of the five teammates.
Along with Into the Wild, and Into Thin Air, Krakauer has also written Eiger Dreams, Under the Banner of Heaven, and Where Men Win Glory. His work has published into GEO, Architectural Digest, Rolling Stone, TIME, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and National Geographic. In 1998, Krakauer created the Everest ‘96 Memorial Fund as a tribute to his companions lost on Everest which provides humanitarian relief to the indigenous peoples of the Himalaya and supports organizations working to preserve the natural environment throughout the world.
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Into Thin Air
Into Thin Air (1997) began as a 1996 article for Outside Magazine. Krakauer wanted to develop the story more fully, however, and thus was the book was born. Hed originally been assigned to examine the commercialization of Mt. Everest for the Outside article. That ended up being the focus of the story after all, but with a much more tragic outcome than he or his editors could have imagined.
For the article and subsequent book, Krakauer joined an expedition led by Rob Halls Adventure Consultants. During that season, a number of other expeditions were also on the mountain along with Krakauer and Hall, including Scott Fischers Mountain Madness. Both Hall and Fischer were killed in the May 1996 disaster, along with six other climbers.
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Three Cups of Deceit
Krakauer divides his text into three different sections, eschewing chapters for a more organic flow. At less than 80 pages long, the bulk of the book does not require frequent headings to stay readable. The first section section, titled The Creation Myth, examines the account Greg Mortenson gives in Three Cups of Tea when he first came across Haji Ali and the village of Korphe, where he was inspired to build the first school. Krakauer frequently moves back and forth between his own exposition and quotes from Tea and other pieces written by or about Mortenson to highlight the differences in fact.
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Krakauers strength as a writer lies in his ability to personalize the many characters who populate the sport of climbing. He gives us folks we can relate to on a human scale even if we dont quite understand their odd fixation with danger.
Thanks to his skillful portraiture, it doesnt take long to start wondering: whatever happened to those outrageous Burgess twins? Has Richard Fisher come out of hiding from the gullies of Arizona? Did Adrian the Romanian finally make it to the top of Mt. McKinley, and more importantly, did he make it back down in one piece?