It is time for me to reveal something about myself.
I have recently come to believe that I am a squee-ing fangirl for Jon Krakauer. I can read anything that man writes and love it.
I first heard of Jon Krakauer after my dad read Into Thin Air, a book he continually recommends today. I read it and was simultaneously enraptured and horrified by it. The book details the 1996 expeditions to Mt. Everest, and the disastrously deadly results. The book exhibits quite a few things I find compelling: meticulous research, an unwavering desire to find the truth of the matter, and an uncompromising look at both the heroic and wicked sides of man that are exposed in his darkest hours.
A few years later, I picked up a copy of Into the Wild. Again, I was captivated by the story Krakauer told.
Which brings me to my current revelation. Last week I picked up a copy of Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman. I will preface this by saying I am neither a football fan, nor a military history buff. To be honest, I never knew who Pat Tillman was until he was killed, and I only vaguely knew the circumstances prior to reading this book. As far as the current wars are concerned, I knew bits and pieces, but most of what I knew was from media sources. Again I am astounded at Krakauer’s research. He has left no stone unturned, and unwaveringly searches for the truth behind the death of Pat Tillman and the subsequent coverup. As horrified as I am by what I have read, I greatly appreciate the way Krakauer deftly weaves together the stories of Tillman’s life before and during the military simultaneously with the stories of the developing conflict in the middle east and the US government’s reactions to it. I find it surprising that a story comprised of elements that I don’t find gripping in and of themselves completely occupied my attention for the past week and opened my eyes to things I hadn’t previously known.
So yes, just call me fangirl. Now I’m off to get the rest of Krakauer’s books!