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. He had given $25,000 in savings to a charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet and invented a life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. Jon Krakauer brings Chris McCandless’s uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows and illuminates it with meaning in this mesmerizing and heartbreaking tour de force.
"Terrifying.... Eloquent.... A heart-rending drama of human yearning." -The New York Times
"A narrative of arresting force. Anyone who ever fancied wandering off to face nature on its own harsh terms should give a look. It's gripping stuff." -The Washington Post
"Haunting...few outdoors writers of the day can match Krakauer for bringing outside adventure to life on the page." -Portland Oregonian
"Engrossing ...with a telling eye for detail, Krakauer has captured the sad saga of a stubborn, idealistic young man." -Los Angeles Times Book Review
"It may be nonfiction but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order." -Entertainment Weekly
"Sensational. ...[Krakauer] is such a good reporter that we come as close as we probably ever can to another person's heart and soul." -Men's Journal