Recent reading – Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains by Jon Krakauer

I just finished up Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains which is a collection of past articles by Jon Krakauer. This was the last of Krakauer’s works left for me to read and I had been searching for it at 1/2 price books for the last year or so. Collections are nice because they can be slowly read without losing track of the story. If one has interests in mountaineering then I would suggest this but will offer that because they are shorter pieces and because it pulls from older works it doesn’t measure up the quality of writing I’ve seen in Krakauer’s more popular works.
Into the Wild was the first of Krakauer’s books that I read and I thoroughly loved it. There has been plenty of strong opinions against this work but those collective critiques tend to have issue with the central figure Chris McCandless and his decision making and not against the writing of Krakauer which is excellent.
Into Thin Air is Krakauer’s most famous work and along with Into the Wild is my favorite. The book chronicles Krakauer’s tragic group expedition up Everest, detailing the gruesome conditions that risk any mountain adventure. While I find little similarity in comparing my roped ascent of Mt. Rainer to that of Everest it is a fascinating read to anyone.
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith details the extreme sects of the Mormon faith and is eye opening.
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman offers a sobering account of the coverup of Pat Tillman’s death by friendly fire in Afganistan and also offers the back story on Pat Tillman painting the picture of a man who is more fascinating than I expected.
Although I tend to prefer fiction in my readings to make up for the business and technical books I read I have enjoyed all of these titles by Krakauer.

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