Jon Krakauer is the author of four books as well as a mountaineer and contributor to Rolling Stone Magazine, Outside Magazine and National Geographic. His writing embodies the western spirit of exploration. His books reflect a style with excrutiating detail, well-placed introspection and suspense that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.
His four books, Eiger Dreams, Into Thin Air, Into the Wild and Under the Banner of Heaven have all been national bestsellers. Eiger Dreams is a collection of Krakauer's mountaineering essays, while Into Thin Air chronicles the 1996 Everest Disaster where four of Krakauer's teammates climbing the mountain were killed. Into the Wild is the story of Chris McCandless, a young man who gives away all his possessions and treks into the wilderness of Alaska. His latest book, Under the Banner of Heaven, is about the Lafferty murders and their corrolation with Fundamentalist Mormonism.
Both Into the Wild and Into Thin Air were orginally written for Outside Magazine. Later, when Krakauer discovered there was more to tell than could fit in the magazine, he turned both into full-length books. Into Thin Air has been translated into 25 languages and was a #1 bestseller. It turned Krakauer into a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.