Eiger Dreams

Author: Jon Krakauer
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330527958
Release Date: 2012-07-12
Genre: Sports & Recreation

No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest essays and reporting, Krakauer writes of mountains from the memorable perspective of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale Alaska's notorious Devils Thumb. In Pakistan, the fearsome K2 kills thirteen of the world's most experienced mountain climbers in one horrific summer. In Valdez, Alaska, two men scale a frozen waterfall over a four-hundred-foot drop. In France, a hip international crowd of rock climbers, bungee jumpers, and paragliders figure out new ways to risk their lives on the towering peaks of Mont Blanc. Why do they do it? How do they do it? In this extraordinary book, Krakauer presents an unusual fraternity of daredevils, athletes, and misfits stretching the limits of the possible. From the paranoid confines of a snowbound tent, to the thunderous, suffocating terror of a white-out on Mount McKinley, Eiger Dreams spins tales of driven lives, sudden deaths, and incredible victories. This is a stirring, vivid book about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.

Quicklet on Jon Krakauer s Eiger Dreams Ventures Among Men and Mountains CliffNotes like Summary Analysis and Review

Author: Anita Tsuchiya
Publisher: Hyperink Inc
ISBN: 9781614640677
Release Date: 2012-03-04
Genre: Literary Criticism

Quicklets: Your Reading Sidekick! ABOUT THE BOOK Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakauer is an anthology of articles published by various magazines during the mid-to-late 1980s. This collection consists of his earliest works, predating the books that launched him to the top of the bestseller list: Into The Wild (1996), and Into Thin Air (1997) Krakauer does an admirable job of addressing the central issues so even the casual hiker can appreciate his passion, as climbing is a sport that can be hard to appreciate without spending a good deal of time hanging around climbers. Krakauer skillfully avoids getting too wrapped up in technical terms and esoteric knowledge; his narrative voice is well-developed. He has an elegant writing style that carries the reader like a raft floating along a deep river. A skilled wordsmith, he likes long and sometimes complex sentences yet he puts them together so skillfully you rarely lose the point. What makes the stories so accessible to climbers and non-climbers alike is Krakauers ability to place the human element at the front and center of each tale. MEET THE AUTHOR Anita Tsuchiya is el presidente y peon of Sabaku, Inc., a marketing services company that provides writing, editing, research, analysis and consulting for a diverse assortment of clientele. The loves of her life are split into two seasons: during the fall/winter she pursues a degree in Japanese language, and spends spring/summer joyfully immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of minor league baseball. A retired speed-freak and super-jock, her current life is moderately active. She grew up in the Bay Area of California, and her almae matres include San Leandro High and U.C. Davis. In fact, she remembers what San Jose looked like before Silicon Valley. Now happily settled in Salt Lake City, Utah, she shares her home with a pair of mixed-mutt bundles of canine goodness named Molly and Linus. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Krakauers strength as a writer lies in his ability to personalize the many characters who populate the sport of climbing. He gives us folks we can relate to on a human scale even if we dont quite understand their odd fixation with danger. Thanks to his skillful portraiture, it doesnt take long to start wondering: whatever happened to those outrageous Burgess twins? Has Richard Fisher come out of hiding from the gullies of Arizona? Did Adrian the Romanian finally make it to the top of Mt. McKinley, and more importantly, did he make it back down in one piece? The Burgess boys managed to survive their youthful indulgences. They even wrote a book about their adventures, climbing and otherwise. And theyve lost none of their cheekiness, as they point out in the acknowledgement, We especially thank those who held regular jobs so that civilization, as we know it, didnt fall apart while we went climbing. Buy a copy to keep reading! CHAPTER OUTLINE Quicklet On Jon Krakauer’s Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains + About the Book + About Jon Krakauer Article Summaries + Eiger Dreams + Gill + Valdez Ice + On Being Tentbound + ...and much more

Mein Leben am Limit

Author: Reinhold Messner
Publisher: Piper Verlag
ISBN: 9783492956338
Release Date: 2012-09-19
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Schon immer ist Reinhold Messner weiter gegangen als alle anderen. Früh ließ er das Tal seiner Südtiroler Kindheit hinter sich, bestieg alle 14Achttausender und durchquerte zu Fuß die größten Sand- und Eiswüsten der Erde. Was aber beflügelt diesen Erfolgsmenschen? Und woher schöpft er Kraft und Phantasie, sich immer wieder neu zu erfinden? Kritisch und offen stellt der »Spiegel«-Reporter Thomas Hüetlin ihm die entscheidenden Fragen zu einem »Leben am Limit«.

Die Schande von Missoula

Author: Jon Krakauer
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 9783492973359
Release Date: 2016-11-02
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Die meisten Vergewaltiger kannten ihre Opfer vorher, wodurch die Strafverfolgung und die gerichtliche Suche nach der Wahrheit oft komplex und undurchsichtig ist und die vergewaltigten Frauen ein zweites Mal traumatisiert werden. In seinem neuen Buch beschäftigt sich Jon Krakauer mit Vergewaltigungsfällen in der amerikanischen Universitätsstadt Missoula. Minutiös und doch einfühlsam skizziert er die Ereignisse, die eine ganze Gesellschaft an der Frage nach Recht und Unrecht, Wahrheit und Lüge verzweifeln lassen, er spricht mit den Beschuldigten und den Opfern und schildert packend, wie schmerzhaft die Suche nach Gerechtigkeit und Sühne bei Gericht sein kann.

Allein in der Wand

Author: Alex Honnold
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 9783492973298
Release Date: 2016-05-02
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Wenn Alex Honnold in eine Wand einsteigt, gibt es kein Zurück. Der sympathische 30-Jährige hat die puristischste Form des Kletterns, ohne Seil und Sicherung, in neue Dimensionen geführt. Nun blickt der Star der Szene auf die Highlights seiner Karriere zurück, wie die 400 und 900 Meter langen Free-Solo-Begehungen von »Moonlight Buttress« in Utah und »The Nose« im Yosemite-Nationalpark sowie die »Fitz Traverse« im Alpinstil mit Tommy Caldwell in Alaska. Er verrät, wie er den Spagat zwischen Abgrund und Privatleben schafft. Und erklärt eindrucksvoll, warum Risiko oftmals auch Gewinn bedeuten kann und wie man in Extremsituationen fokussiert bleibt.

Coming of Age in Jon Krakauer s Into the Wild

Author: Noël Merino
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
ISBN: 9780737769760
Release Date: 2014-11-10
Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction

The subject of endless speculation, Chris McCandless abrupt journey into the American wilderness and his subsequent mysterious death play a central role in Jon Krakauer's 1996 nonfiction book Into the Wild. This comprehensive edition provides an in-depth analysis of the life, work, and career of author Jon Krakauer, focusing particularly on the theme of coming of age as it relates to Into the Wild. Readers are presented with a series of essays that tackle questions about McCandless' death, the substantiality of Krakauer's theories, and the parallels between McCandless' story and other travel-based coming of age stories. Modern perspectives on coming of age and travel narratives are also discussed, allowing readers examine concepts such as self-actualization, the relationship between travel and gender, and the dangers of inexperienced traveling.

Das geheimnisvolle L cheln

Author: Donna Jo Napoli
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104008271
Release Date: 2010-06-23
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Wer ist Mona Lisa? Mona Lisa – ihr Porträt ist das berühmteste Gemälde der Welt. Donna Jo Napoli erzählt Mona Lisas Geschichte so farbenprächtig und ausgeschmückt, dass die Porträtierte zur besten Freundin wird: Elisabetta ist die dreizehnjährige Tochter eines italienischen Landaristokraten. Als sie in die florentinische Gesellschaft eingeführt wird, lernt sie nicht nur den Maler Leonardo da Vinci kennen, sondern verliebt sich auch Hals über Kopf in Giuliano de’ Medici. Giuliano erwidert Elisabettas Liebe und macht sie überglücklich. Doch politische Intrigen führen dazu, dass die beiden Liebenden getrennt werden. Elisabetta wird mit einem florentinischen Kaufmann verheiratet. Giuliano, der sie nicht vergessen kann, beauftragt da Vinci, ein Porträt von ihr zu malen ...

Der Gipfel

Author: Anatoli Boukreev
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641026509
Release Date: 2009-07-27
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Eiskalt und spannend Anatoli Boukreev, der russische Bergführer aus Scott Fischers Expedition, schildert die Ereignisse an jenem verhängnisvollen 10. Mai 1996 aus seiner Sicht. Der Russe Anatoli Boukreev hat elf der vierzehn Achttausender ohne Hilfe von Sauerstoff bestiegen und galt als einer der besten Bergsteiger der Welt. An dem verhängnisvollen 10. Mai 1996, als in der Todeszone auf dem Mount Everest fünf Menschen starben, nahm er als Führer an Scott Fischers Expedition teil und kämpfte sich mehrmals durch den peitschenden Wind, um Expeditionsteilnehmer vor dem sicheren Tod zu retten.

Mord im Auftrag Gottes

Author: Jon Krakauer
Publisher:
ISBN: 3492242766
Release Date: 2004
Genre:

24. Juli 1984, USA: Allen Lafferty findet seine Frau bestialisch ermordet auf dem Küchenfußboden. Seine Tochter liegt in ihrem Kinderbettchen - auch sie ist tot. Die Mörder glaubten, sie handelten im Auftrag von Gott. Warum? Eine alarmierende Reportage über religiösen Fundamentalismus von Jon Krakauer, Autor des Bestsellers >In eisige Höhen. Eine große Reportage über die nahezu unglaubliche Geschichte und Gegenwart einer fundamentalistischen Bewegung im Herzen des aufgeklärten Westens.

Beating the Odds A Teen Guide to 75 Superstars Who Overcame Adversity

Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313345654
Release Date: 2008-08-30
Genre: Social Science

Many famous people have overcome difficult circumstances and gone on to become successful in their fields. This book profiles the lives of 75 courageous and persistent people who have triumphed over adversity. These individuals have conquered a range of problems, including physical, psychological, social, and economic handicaps. Individuals profiled come from a range of professions and reflect battles against religious prejudice, medical conditions, eating disorders, poverty, and other social ills. Among the people profiled are Mitch Albom, Hillary Clinton, Magic Johnson, Stephen King, Greg Louganis, and Henry Winkler. The volume includes an historical timeline, a list of relevant films documenting the achievements of these superstars, and a general bibliography. Some of the most successful people in our society have overcome great odds in order to achieve their dreams. Through courage and persistence, they have triumphed over a range of adversities and serve as models for students faced with similar circumstances. This book profiles the struggles and accomplishments of 75 such individuals from all walks of life. Each entry highlights the physical, psychological, social, or economic struggles of the person and discusses how the person won their battle against adversity. Among the individuals profiled are: Mitch Albom, Roseanne Barr, Sandra Cisneros, Hillary Clinton, Pat Conroy, Michael J. Fox, Magic Johnson, Stephen King, Greg Louganis, Jessica Lynch, Colin Powell, Salman Rushdie, Martin Sheen, Henry Winkler, and many more. The volume closes with an historical timeline, a list of films related to the achievements of these superstars, and a general bibliography. In addition to inspiring students to succeed against all odds, the book promotes respect for diversity and explores a host of social issues related to religious prejudice, eating disorders, medical conditions, poverty, and other concerns.

In die Wildnis

Author: Jon Krakauer
Publisher: Piper Verlag
ISBN: 9783492957779
Release Date: 2013-02-18
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Im August 1992 wurde die Leiche von Chris McCandless im Eis von Alaska gefunden. Wer war dieser junge Mann, und was hatte ihn in die gottverlassene Wildnis getrieben? Jon Krakauer hat sein Leben erforscht, seine Reise in den Tod rekonstruiert und ein traurig-schönes Buch geschrieben über die Sehnsucht, die diesen Mann veranlasste, sämtliche Besitztümer und Errungenschaften der Zivilisation hinter sich zu lassen, um tief in die wilde und einsame Schönheit der Natur einzutauchen.– Verfilmt von Sean Penn mit Emile Hirsch.

Travelers Tales Alaska

Author: Bill Sherwonit
Publisher: Travelers' Tales
ISBN: 9781609520724
Release Date: 2011-12-27
Genre: Travel

In Travelers' Tales Alaska, contemporary adventurers, seekers, and lifelong Alaskans take you into the "Last Frontier" for wild and poignant adventures. Walk among bears, witness the Inupiat taking of a bowhead whale, and spend time "weathered-in" on the Bering Sea coast. Follow the seasons of commercial fisherfolk in the world's most dangerous seas, sail the Inside Passage, or flight-see with bush pilots famed for high-stakes navigation around Denali, North America's highest mountain. Discover the 49th state’s quirky side, including an entire town that lives in a single World War II-vintage high-rise, a "Hairy Man" who roams the Bush, and backcountry gourmands who communicate with edible plants. Drive the Alaska Highway or head north along the pipeline Haul Road to the Arctic coast, not simply to get there, but to be there. Get the inside view as Alaskans share their stories of learning a new land or guiding tourists through Native culture. Whether you choose camping at Wal-Mart or casting for grayling on a lake named Paradise, whether you travel the Great Land in actuality or in your armchair, these stories bring Alaska alive, in all its latter-day complexity and glory.

How Do You Know

Author: Russell Hardin
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400830664
Release Date: 2014-04-24
Genre: Philosophy

How do ordinary people come to know or believe what they do? We need an account of this process to help explain why people act as they do. You might think I am acting irrationally--against my interest or my purpose--until you realize that what you know and what I know differ significantly. My actions, given my knowledge, might make eminently good sense. Of course, this pushes our problem back one stage to assess why someone knows or believes what they do. That is the focus of this book. Russell Hardin supposes that people are not usually going to act knowingly against their interests or other purposes. To try to understand how they have come to their knowledge or beliefs is therefore to be charitable in assessing their rationality. Hardin insists on such a charitable stance in the effort to understand others and their sometimes objectively perverse actions. Hardin presents an essentially economic account of what an individual can come to know and then applies this account to many areas of ordinary life: political participation, religious beliefs, popular knowledge of science, liberalism, culture, extremism, moral beliefs, and institutional knowledge. All of these can be enlightened by the supposition that people are attempting reasonable actions under the severe constraints of acquiring better knowledge when they face demands that far outstretch their possibilities.