• Into the wild

    Jon Krakauer

    Toujours plus loin. Toujours plus au nord. Toujours plus seul. Inspiré par ses lectures de Tolstoï et de Thoreau, Christopher McCandless a tout sacrifié à son idéal de pureté et de nature. En 1990, une fois son diplôme universitaire en poche, il offre ses économies à une association caritative et part, sans un adieu, vers son destin. Celui-ci s'achèvera tragiquement au coeur des forêts de l'Alaska... Jon Krakauer évoque aussi à travers cette échappée belle ceux qui, un jour, ont cherché à quitter la civilisation et à dépasser leurs limites. Magistralement porté à l'écran par Sean Penn, lnto the Wild s'inscrit dans la grande tradition du road-movie tragique et lumineux, une histoire aux échos universels.

  • Tragédie à l'Everest

    Jon Krakauer

    • 10/18
    • 2 Septembre 2010

    Printemps 1996. Sur les pentes piégeuses du plus haut sommet de la planète, ils sont une poignée d'aventuriers en quête du défi ultime. Guides ou sherpas, alpinistes chevronnés ou néophytes, ils ont des motivations différentes, mais une seule règle : un pas après l'autre. Répartis en plusieurs expéditions, chacun progresse à son rythme de camp en camp. Mais lorsqu'une fenêtre météo favorable les pousse à tenter le même jour l'assaut final, un terrible drame se prépare. Des nuages apparus trop vite dans la vallée. Un embouteillage au sommet. Huit morts, dont deux guides parmi les plus réputés au monde. Envoyé spécial du magazine américain Outside, Jon Krakauer fait partie de ceux qui ont survécu. Il nous livre ici sa vérité sur l'effroyable tragédie.

  • Fou d'alpinisme, Jon Krakauer nous offre ici le récit de douze aventures en montagne. Il nous entraîne ainsi dans l'ascension du sommet de l'Eiger, de cascades de glace mais aussi sur les parois d'un canyon du Colorado, nous livrant au passage sa vision personnelle - et quelque peu critique - de Chamonix, cette « capitale mondiale de l'alpinisme ».
    Nous le suivons avec un intérêt qui ne faiblit jamais de l'Alaska à l'Himalaya, des Rocheuses aux Alpes, comme si nous vivions les ascensions en direct à ses côtés. Krakauer a le don rare de restituer l'atmosphère d'un lieu, de nous rendre sensibles à ses spécificités tout en traçant sur le vif le portrait des hommes souvent fascinants qu'il rencontre chemin faisant.

  • Sur ordre de Dieu

    Jon Krakauer

    Utah. Une petite ville plantée dans le sillage de Salt Lake City, le fief de l'Église mormone. Le 24 juillet 1984, Allen Lafferty, mormon pratiquant, rentre chez lui après sa journée de travail, dans la maison qu'il habite avec sa jeune épouse et leur bébé de quinze mois. Quand il pousse la porte, l'horreur l'attend : Brenda et sa petite fille ont été sauvagement égorgées. En un instant, Allen est convaincu qu'il connaît les coupables. Et pour cause, ce sont ses frères. À la barre des mois plus tard, Ron et Dan Lafferty ne nieront pas les faits. Pas plus qu'ils n'exprimeront le moindre remords. Les deux Lafferty sont des prophètes, Dieu parle à travers eux, il leur chuchote ses ordres. Pour eux, l'État n'existe pas. L'école ? Une machination. La médecine ? Un charlatanisme. Ron et Dan Lafferty ont quitté le giron des mormons pour embrasser une foi chrétienne radicale, dont l'un des piliers n'est autre que la polygamie. Et Brenda Lafferty avait commis l'erreur d'y être opposée...

  • Célèbre pour son campus universitaire et surtout pour son équipe de football - les Grizzly -, l'université de Missoula est secouée par plusieurs affaires de viols commis entre 2010 et 2012 par des étudiants. À partir de ce scandale retentissant, Jon Krakauer brosse le tableau d'une Amérique où le viol est le crime le plus fréquent - même si près de 80% des victimes ne portent jamais plainte. Comment expliquer ce phénomène ? Peut-on dresser un portrait type du violeur ? Quelles sont les répercussions d'un tel traumatisme pour la victime ? Comment la société et la justice réagissent-elles ? C'est à toutes ces questions que Jon Krakauer entend répondre.

  • Greg Mortenson, l'auteur du bestseller Trois tasses de thé, s'est bâti une réputation mondiale d'humanitaire désintéressé et de combattant de la cause des enfants et pour cela a été nominé pour le prix Nobel de la paix.

    Mais comme Jon Krakauer le démontre dans ce livre avec perspicacité et après une enquête approfondie, Greg Mortenson n'est pas du tout celui qu'il prétend être.

    Basé sur de nombreux entretiens avec d'anciens employés, des membres du conseil d'administration et d'autres personnes qui ont une connaissance intime de Mortenson et de son organisation caritative, « The Central Asia Institute », Trois tasses de mensonges dévoile les multiples mystifications derrière l'image publique de Mortenson.

    Sa croisade a-t-elle vraiment été inspirée par le désir de rendre leur bonté aux villageois qui l'avaient soigné et guéri lorsqu'il se perdit en descendant du K2 ? A-t-il été enlevé et retenu prisonnier pendant huit jours par les Talibans ? Son organisation caritative a-t-elle construite toutes les écoles qu'il prétend ?

    Ce livre est un plaidoyer pour la vérité, argumenté avec passion, et l'histoire tragique de bonnes intentions qui ont très mal tournées.

  • Utah. Une petite ville plantée dans le sillage de Salt Lake City, le fief de l'Église mormone. Le 24 juillet 1984, Allen Lafferty, mormon pratiquant, rentre chez lui après sa journée de travail, dans la maison qu'il habite avec sa jeune épouse et leur bébé de quinze mois. Quand il pousse la porte, l'horreur l'attend : Brenda et sa petite fille ont été sauvagement égorgées. En un instant, Allen est convaincu qu'il connaît les coupables. Et pour cause, ce sont ses frères.

    À la barre des mois plus tard, Ron et Dan Lafferty ne nieront pas les faits. Pas plus qu'ils n'exprimeront le moindre remords. Les deux Lafferty sont des prophètes, Dieu parle à travers eux, il leur chuchote ses ordres. Pour eux, l'État n'existe pas. L'école ? Une machination. La médecine ? Un charlatanisme. Ron et Dan Lafferty ont quitté le giron des mormons pour embrasser une foi chrétienne radicale, dont l'un des piliers n'est autre que la polygamie. Et Brenda Lafferty avait commis l'erreur d'y être opposée...

    Revenant sur les grandes heures de la fondation de la religion mormone et l'épineux dossier des sectes transfuges qu'elle a fait naître dans ses rangs, le maître de la narrative non fiction interroge les ressorts du fanatisme religieux et exhume l'une des affaires criminelles les plus retentissantes de l'histoire américaine des dernières décennies.

  • Brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty insist they were commanded to kill by God. Here, Jon Krakauer provides a riveting account of Taliban-like theocracies in the American heartland controlled by renegade Mormon prophets.

  • Into the wild - voyage au bout de la solitude (edition speciale) Nouv.

  • 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.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • This edition has been updated to reflect new developments and includes new material obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
    Pat Tillman walked away from a multimillion-dollar NFL contract to join the Army and became an icon of post-9/11 patriotism. When he was killed in Afghanistan two years later, a legend was born. But the real Pat Tillman was much more remarkable, and considerably more complicated than the public knew...
    A stunning account of a remarkable young man's heroic life and death, from the bestselling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • This extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities, where some 40,000 people still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God.
    At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.

  • When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds...
    Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed Outside journalist and author of the bestselling Into the Wild. Taking the reader step by step from Katmandu to the mountain's deadly pinnacle, Krakauer has his readers shaking on the edge of their seat. Beyond the terrors of this account, however, he also peers deeply into the myth of the world's tallest mountain. What is is about Everest that has compelled so many poeple--including himself--to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense?
    Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.
    From the Paperback edition.

  • Brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty insist they were commanded to kill by God. Krakauer's investigation is a meticulously researched, bone-chilling narrative of polygamy, savage violence and unyielding faith: an incisive, gripping work of non-fiction that illuminates an otherwise confounding realm of human behaviour. 'A provocative look at the twisted roots of American fundamentalism' Will Self, Evening Standard Books of the Year 'Excellent . . . a lucid, judicious, even sympathetic account not just of Mormon Fundamentalism but of the seductive power of fanaticism in general' Daily Telegraph 'Krakauer writes exceptionally well: as thrilling as Capote on true crime, as devastating as Nietzsche on religious fundamentalism' Scotland on Sunday 'Remarkable . . . for anyone interested in the wilder frontiers of spiritual conviction, this book is a must' Independent 'Krakauer is an adept chronicler of extremists, and he's as intent on understanding religious fanatics as he was in his earlier books on exploring the obsessions of monomaniacal adventurers' Los Angeles Times

  • From bestselling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana ­-- stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape
    Missoula, Montana, is a typical college town, with a highly regarded state university, bucolic surroundings, a lively social scene, and an excellent football team -- the Grizzlies -- with a rabid fan base.
    The Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012. Few of these assaults were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. In this, Missoula is also typical.
    A DOJ report released in December of 2014 estimates 110,000 women between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four are raped each year. Krakauer’s devastating narrative of what happened in Missoula makes clear why rape is so prevalent on American campuses, and why rape victims are so reluctant to report assault.
    Acquaintance rape is a crime like no other. Unlike burglary or embezzlement or any other felony, the victim often comes under more suspicion than the alleged perpetrator. This is especially true if the victim is sexually active; if she had been drinking prior to the assault -- and if the man she accuses plays on a popular sports team. The vanishingly small but highly publicized incidents of false accusations are often used to dismiss her claims in the press. If the case goes to trial, the woman’s entire personal life becomes fair game for defense attorneys.
    This brutal reality goes a long way towards explaining why acquaintance rape is the most underreported crime in America. In addition to physical trauma, its victims often suffer devastating psychological damage that leads to feelings of shame, emotional paralysis and stigmatization. PTSD rates for rape victims are estimated to be 50%, higher than soldiers returning from war.
    In Missoula, Krakauer chronicles the searing experiences of several women in Missoula -- the nights when they were raped; their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the way they were treated by the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys; the public vilification and private anguish; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them.
    Some of them went to the police. Some declined to go to the police, or to press charges, but sought redress from the university, which has its own, non-criminal judicial process when a student is accused of rape. In two cases the police agreed to press charges and the district attorney agreed to prosecute. One case led to a conviction; one to an acquittal. Those women courageous enough to press charges or to speak publicly about their experiences were attacked in the media, on Grizzly football fan sites, and/or to their faces. The university expelled three of the accused rapists, but one was reinstated by state officials in a secret proceeding. One district attorney testified for an alleged rapist at his university hearing. She later left the prosecutor’s office and successfully defended the Grizzlies’ star quarterback in his rape trial. The horror of being raped, in each woman’s case, was magnified by the mechanics of the justice system and the reaction of the community.
    Krakauer’s dispassionate, carefully documented account of what these women endured cuts through the abstract ideological debate about campus rape. College-age women are not raped because they are promiscuous, or drunk, or send mixed signals, or feel guilty about casual sex, or seek attention. They are the victims of a terrible crime and deserving of compassion from society and fairness from a justice system that is clearly broken.

  • Here is Jon Krakauer’s portrait of the iconoclastic architect Christopher Alexander, whose revolutionary human-centered approach has shaken the foundations of modern architecture. Krakauer delves into Alexander’s life and career, from his theories on a timeless “pattern language” that could be used to create buildings and towns that were simultaneously more livable and more beautiful, to his belief that architecture is correctly viewed as a powerful social instrument; from his on-site drafting techniques to his design process that, like a cocoon, shapes a building from the inside out. With trademark rigor, nuance, and insight, Krakauer powerfully draws us into Alexander’s singular vision of human-centered design--one in which people reclaim control over their built environment.

  • The gripping articles in Classic Krakauer, originally published in periodicals such as The New Yorker, Outside, and Smithsonian, display the singular investigative reporting that made Jon Krakauer famous--and show why he is considered a standard-bearer of modern journalism. Spanning an extraordinary range of subjects and locations, these articles take us from a horrifying avalanche on Mt. Everest to a volcano poised to obliterate a big chunk of greater Seattle at any moment; from a wilderness teen-therapy program run by apparent sadists to an otherwordly cave in New Mexico, studied by NASA to better understand Mars; from the notebook of one Fred Beckey, who catalogued the greatest unclimbed mountaineering routes on the planet, to the last days of legendary surfer Mark Foo. Rigorously researched and vividly written, marked by an unerring instinct for storytelling and scoop, the pieces in Classic Krakauer are unified by the author’s ambivalent love affair with unruly landscapes and his relentless search for truth.

  • An acclaimed tale of adventure and number-one New York Times best-seller recounts the most perilous season in the history of Mount Everest, leading readers up the world's tallest mountain and exploring Everest's continual if deadly attraction. Reprint.

  • Le plus incroyable des récits de montagne, une histoire vécue sur le toit du monde.
    Mai 1996. Huit personnes vont trouver la mort, englouties par la tempête au sommet de la plus haute montagne du monde. Le bilan le plus brutal jamais enregistré.
    Que s'est-il passé ? Comment les hommes engagŽs ne virent-ils pas la mer de nuages qui se formait sur les satellites de l'Everest ? Pourquoi les sherpas n'ont-ils pas équipé le sommet de "cordes fixes", pourquoi les deux grands guides, vétérans de l'Himalaya, se laissèrent-ils prendre au piège du sommet comme des papillons attirés par la lumiàre ? La météo, l'ambition, la faiblesse des hommes... Tout va jouer en faveur du drame.

    Le mot de l'éditeur Pour illustrer ce texte unique, Jon Krakauer a tenu à nous réserver les photos inédites de sa collection personnelle, prises sur le vif, ces photos de l'auteur ajoutent encore à l'authenticité du récit, à l'émotion de la lecture et donnent à ce livre une valeur de collection.
    Quoi de plus parlant qu'une photo, une carte, un schéma ?
    Les lieux exacts des péripéties repérés sur l'itinéraire, le frèle visage de la petite japonaise ou le regard pathétique de Beck Weathers mutilé...
    Derrière les images se dessine une vérité essentielle, la vérité des hommes.

  • Explores the adventure and risks that compel climbers to face the challenges of such peaks as Denali, K2, Everest, and the Eiger

  • Anglais Into Thin Air

    Jon Krakauer

    The author describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, a disastrous expedition that claimed the lives of eight climbers, and explains why he survived.

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