Jon Krakauer is an American writer of non-fiction books including Into Thin Air and Into the Wild. He was the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999.

Krakauer was raised in Oregon where his father introduced him to mountaineering at a young age. His experiences in that sport ultimately lead him to Mount Everest and the experience which would become Into Thin Air. Krakauer is also the author of Into the Wild which was turned into a film starring Emile Hirsch and directed by Sean Penn.

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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains (1990)Description / Buy at
Into the Wild (1996)Description / Buy at
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster (1997)Description / Buy at
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (2003)Description / Buy at
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman (2008)Description / Buy at
Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way (2011)Description / Buy at
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town (2015)Description / Buy at
Classic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk (2018)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Essays

Loving Them to Death (2018)Description / Buy at
Gates of the Arctic (2018)Description / Buy at
Living Under The Volcano (2018)Description / Buy at
Mark Foo's Last Ride (2018)Description / Buy at
After the Fall (2018)Description / Buy at

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Into the Wild is one of Krakauer’s most popular books. The book is the true story of Christopher McCandless who hitchhiked to Alaska to live alone in the wilderness, but ended up dying up there. McCandless came from a well-to-do family and had sought out on a sort-of vision quest after graduating college. He burned all his cash, changed his name to Alexander Supertramp, and found his way in the wild. He considered Alaska to be the ultimate challenge and headed that way, but ultimately found himself unprepared for the elements.

The book that put Krakauer on the map was Into Thin Air, the harrowing, personal account of the biggest disaster in Mount Everest climbing history. Krakauer was on the expedition on Mount Everest in 1996 which took five lives and left the rest guilt-ridden. The author himself is one of the peopel overwhelmed with guilt over the incident which turns up frequently in the pages of this award-winning book. The book provides a lot of detail of what went wrong that day as well as interviews and investigations of what happened that day which only lead to more guilt for the author.

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