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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Anchor Books
Publication date February 1, 1997
Binding Paperback
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780385486804
ISBN-10 0385486804
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.40 lbs.
Original list price $15.00
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A portrait of Chris McCandless chronicles his decision to withdraw from society and adopt the persona of Alexander Supertramp, offering insight into his beliefs about the wilderness and his tragic death in the Alaskan wilderness. Reprint. Tour.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir.  In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his  cash.  He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented.  Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away.  Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.

Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life.  Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless.  Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.

When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris.  He is said  to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.

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Hardcover
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Large print edition from G K Hall & Co (December 1, 1997)
9780783883342 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.75 × 0.75 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $28.95
About: The story of Chris McCandless, a young man who embarked on a solo journey into the wilds of Alaska and whose body was discovered four months later, explores the allure of the wilderness
from Villard Books (January 1, 1996)
9780679428503 | details & prices | 207 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $26.00
About: The story of Chris McCandless, a young man who embarked on a solo journey into the wilds of Alaska and whose body was discovered four months later, explores the fascinating allure that the wilderness has for the American imagination
Paperback
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1 edition from Anchor Books (February 1, 1997)
9780385486804 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $15.00
About: The story of Chris McCandless, a young man who embarked on a solo journey into the wilds of Alaska and whose body was discovered four months later, explores the allure of the wilderness
Miscellaneous
from Doubleday (September 22, 2009)
9780307476869 | details & prices | List price $14.95
CD/Spoken Word
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With Philip Franklin (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Random House (August 7, 2007)
9780739358047 | details & prices | 5.50 × 6.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $19.99
About: In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt.
Cassette/Spoken Word
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With Campbell Scott (other contributor) | Abridged edition from Random House (February 1, 1996)
9780679450252 | details & prices | 4.75 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $18.00
About: The story of Chris McCandless--a young man whose solo journey into the wilds of Alaska ended in death after four months--explores the allure of wilderness felt by Americans.
Reinforced
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from Demco Media (April 1, 1999)
9780606161855 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $22.30
About: The story of Chris McCandless, a young man who embarked on a solo journey into the wilds of Alaska and whose body was discovered four months later, explores the allure of the wilderness
Prebinding
Reprint edition from Paw Prints (May 22, 2008)
9781435285736 | details & prices | 207 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.68 lbs | List price $22.95
About: In April 1992 a 24-year-old from the Washington, D.
from Turtleback Books (October 1, 1999)
9780613033572 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $26.90
About: The story of Chris McCandless, a young man who embarked on a solo journey into the wilds of Alaska and whose body was discovered four months later, explores the allure of the wilderness

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