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A List of Jon Krakauer Books For Thrill Seekers, Skeptics, Climbers, and More

into the wild bookJon Krakauer is one of my favorite authors, but I hadn’t read anything by him at the time Under The Banner of Heaven came out. And when I tried to read that book, of course I couldn’t because it had a million requests on it at the library where I work. I don’t buy many books anymore, so I grabbed Into The Wild just to get a taste of how Krakauer writes.

I was happily surprised, although the story of Chris McCandless is probably my least favorite.

If you’re new to Krakauer’s writing and aren’t sure where to start, I’ll give you a chronological list of the books he has published, and tell you that Into Thin Air is my favorite by far.

So far I’ve reviewed Into Thin Air and Where Men Win Glory on this blog. Those links will take you to my reviews.

So far, all of Jon’s books have gotten mixed reviews, but more positive than negative. Personally, I have thoroughly enjoyed each one and can’t wait to see what he does next.


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  • Diane Baldwin September 21, 2012, 8:46 am

    I enjoy Jon’s style o f writing, its as if he were sitting at my kitchen table relating the story to me. My son was “on the road” in 1992, so I was especially interested in the McCandles story: the interesting folk who touched his life, and I believe his mother heard his cry for help. That’s a Like.

    • Josh Hanagarne September 21, 2012, 9:28 am

      Diane, I just finished reading Three Cups of Deceit, Krakauer’s take on Greg Mortenson. Very interesting.