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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 teamthe Grizzlieswith 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 Department of Justice report released in December 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.

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, and defense attorneys; the public vilification and private anguish; and their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them.

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, drunk, send mixed signals, 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.

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  • A good and needed thing.... [P]owerful.... Krakauer tells a sad an infuriating story.... Krakauer has done a great service by taking on this subject. Newsweek
  • [R]elentless, exhaustive.... Krakauer does not pretend to be scooping anyone. Instead, he systematically details the many myths surrounding rape and the many ways in which our society mistreats victims long after the actual assault. Outside
  • [C]lear and dispassionate, offering level-headed, in-depth reportage.... [T]he disquieting fact running through Krakauer's narrative is this: Missoula is typical. Chicago Tribune
  • [A]n impassioned study of campus rape.... Krakauer’s evocative reporting, honed to a fine edge of anger, vividly conveys the ordeal of victims and their ongoing psychological dislocations. The result is a hard-hitting true-crime expose that looks underneath the he-said-she-said to get at the sexist assumptions that help cover up and enable these crimes. Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
  • “Expertly researched….Equal parts riveting and horrifying, it’s a hell of a read—and a necessary one.”

    People

  • [H]arrowing.... [I]ncisive.... Krakauer's investigation will succeed in altering the conversation around sexual violence.... Missoula will undoubtedly fortify those of us who have already broken our silence and may rally those who have not dared to. Los Angeles Times
  • "Excellent.... Krakauer doesn't just tell the story of these crimes. As he has done so brilliantly in his other books...he sets the story firmly in the context of social history. Boston Globe
  • [A] narrative nonfiction page-turner.... Missoula demonstrates that it’s not only possible but advantageous for reporters to remain clear-eye while also taking victims’ concerns into account. Krakauer skillfully strengthens his sources’ recollections without taking away their agency. He doesn’t hide from complexity or nuance.
    Katie Baker, BuzzFeed
  • [A] case study of the widespread problem of campus rape.... For anyone distressed by the high rate of sexual assault afflicting young woman, and who wants to understand some of the ways in which the justice system fails them—and shouldn’t that be all of us?—Krakauer’s book is worth reading. Time
  • [A] devestating exposé of colleges and local law enforcement when it comes to investigating and prosecuting campus sex crimes.... [A] substantive deep dive into the morass of campus sex crimes, where the victim is too often treated like the accused. Entertainment Weekly 
     
  • [S]crupulously reported... The depth of [Krakauer’s] reporting...illustrates just how difficult it can be for victims to get justice. Salon  
  • [E]xpertly researched.... Equal parts riveting and horrifying, it's a hell of a read--and a necessary one. People
  • [M]eticulously reported, fascinating and deeply disturbing.... By probing the specific, Krakauer illuminates upsetting generalities..... Krakauer—a journalist who is also a compelling writer—artfully keeps the books from becoming a compendium of facts..... It’s an important, difficult and timely subject. USA Today
  • “For anyone distressed by the high rate of sexual assault afflicting young woman and who wants to understand some of the ways in which the justice system fails them—and shouldn’t that be all of us?—Krakauer’s book is worth reading.”

    Time

  • “Meticulously reported, fascinating, and deeply disturbing…By probing the specific, Krakauer illuminates upsetting generalities…Krakauer—a journalist who is also a compelling writer—artfully keeps the books from becoming a compendium of facts.”

    USA Today

  • “Powerful…A sad and infuriating story…Krakauer has done a great service by taking on this subject.”

    Newsweek

  • “A gem of narrative nonfiction that will educate and incite. As the story builds, culminating in two different trials with two different outcomes, readers will find themselves consumed by the factual and emotional complexities of the subject. No page turner this year will be more incendiary than Missoula.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “In Missoula, Jon Krakauer shows us why rape victims are so terrified to go to the police…Reporting on 350 reported sexual assaults in one small Montana town, Krakauer is clear-eyed and objective. He doesn’t need to expostulate; the facts he uncovers are enough to horrify his readers.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Though one might anticipate that a male narrator would deliver Krakauer’s powerful stories, Mozhan Marno proves a great choice. Her commanding tone and cadence keep the flow between paragraphs. Where the text suggests it, she imbues hints of emotion without being heavy-handed. She also provides vocal characterizations that are in line with Krakauer’s portrayals. Her most powerful delivery comes in women’s firsthand accounts of their sexual assaults.”

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  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Nonfiction
  • Audible’s Best Audiobooks Editor’s Pick for 2015
  • A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2015
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