In which I admit something.

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!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chery
    Nov 16, 2010 @ 17:08:42

    I would really like to read this book.

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  2. Lynda the Guppy
    Nov 16, 2010 @ 20:21:22

    Sign me up as a Krakaeur Fangirl, too! I remember being riveted by the reports from Everest that season, and then years later I read an interview with Jon Krakauer and decided to pick up his book Into Thin Air. Sat down after dinner to read it and didn’t put it down until the last page was turned in the wee hours of the morning. Since my mom and her siblings grew up in India and used to vacation at the foot of Everest, we’ve always had a special interest. Gave the book to my aunt to read and in no time flat, everyone in my family had not only read it, but we all had to buy duplicate copies because we kept giving ours out. LOL

    I listened to Into the Wild and was just as hooked. Even got my cousin(who is NOT a reader of non-fiction) to read it.

    I’ll have to track down this latest book. I didn’t realize it was out yet.

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