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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Twin Star Press, Inc.; 1st edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983395500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983395508
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a wonderful way to carry on Chris's story.
Mac1015
Maybe I'm being selfish, but I was hoping this was going to be an untouched look at his pictures and journals without any assumptions.
Tyler G.
When I saw that this book was available I ordered it.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Tyler G. on June 28, 2011
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I, like so many, have been holding my breath ever since I heard the quiet buzz that this book was coming. After reading Into the Wild years back and then seeing the movie, I got addicted to the life of Chris and I always felt like there was a missing piece. As readers who have no relations with the family, we know that his camera and journal were found and even though little bits of it would come up from time to time, there was always more to be seen or read and I always feared that I would never be able to find it.

I basically stopped everything and read this from cover to cover when I got it in the mail. I spent that whole evening in fascination of all of the new material and insights into Chris's adventure. The close analysis of the belt Chris made. The letter Chris wrote to Russell about making a change in his life. Out of all of it, I think the best part is just seeing more pictures of Chris that have never been released before. I'll admit that I tend to think of Emile Hirsch and scenes from Into the Wild rather than the scenes described in Krakauer's book played out by the distorted pictures that were previously released of Chris. Seeing close-up pictures of Chris and how he changed over the years is really a treat, and the most telling part about it is that his joyous smile never changes - even in his final picture. Seeing exactly where he went, what he decided to snap a picture of, and his communication with Jan, Wayne, or Russell is really an amazing experience to be a part of. Like so many, I feel an intense connection with Chris and it's just an amazing experience to read this book. He really did it. I think about Chris and his outlook on life and I admire what he did so much.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Art N. on September 24, 2013
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People are being ripped off on here. The books own website is backtothewildbook dot org. You get the book and the dvd for 35.00 people. Wake up.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Roe on June 29, 2011
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I read the book through, being quite familiar already with this story having read Krakauer's book, seen the Sean Penn movie, and a related independent documentary, and even having travelled to Alaska and talked to some local guides and outdoorsmen about the McCandless story. I didn't find much that was new, and I can't say I found the previously unreleased pictures that interesting, certainly relative to the original very dramatic photos of his days in Alaska. My greatest complaint lies in the writing style of the text that accompanies each photo. I thought it was somewhat shallow, given the potentially deep themes to explore, and, sorry to say, simply unprofessional. There are too many references to the state of mind of Chris/Alex that seem repetitive, and not illuminating given the photo, and often just out of place, for a given picture. Much comes off, to me, as filler. I was also surprised that there was really no mention, past the foreward notes, about his relationship with his parents. The author ignores the book's and movie's suggestion that part of his need to escape may have had much to do with his childhood. Yet, in this edition, he simply has a "desire to get away from man's universal understanding of the world." Hmm. Unfortunately, I even found a few spelling errors that should have certainly been caught before the book's release.

So, sorry to say, except for a few photos of the real people that Chris/Alex met along his journey, there is nothing much here that enhances this otherwise interesting, while certainly tragic, story presented by Krakauer and Penn. That said, the proceeds from this book's sales appear to benefit a worthy cause through the foundation, so it is not wasted money should you decide to buy.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A. N. Wiggins on November 9, 2014
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Don't buy this book. It was not written by Chris McCandless. It was written by his abusive parents and released as Chris's own writing. Chris's siblings issued a statement that this is the work of the exploiting parents and that Chris is not the author. Check out their news release.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andre CL on December 12, 2013
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This is a very good book for fans. I just don't understand why it's been sold by sellers here for more than $150 when you can buy the bundle (Book+DVD) directly from the Chris McCandless Foundation for $35! Shame on these sellers overpricing their sales.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By clickchick on September 20, 2013
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The book is wonderful but I bought it from the McCandless site for $35 and got a DVD to go with it. The price they're asking elsewhere is crazy!
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Do not buy this arrogant book. It was written with self-serving intent by Chris McCandless's hypocritical mother and wife-beating, child-abusing, deceptive, controlling alcoholic father with a god complex. CM's siblings do not support this book and did not contribute to it.

It is evident throughout that the authors--Walt and Billie McCandless--have not accepted Chris's unique outlook on life. Nor have they realized his central values, one being a devoted adherence to truth; ironically, the first page of the book begins with a lie. They write, "We can only speculate why a young man, right after college graduation, would set out on the open road. Why did he choose to sever communication with his family." Yet as abusive parents they probably can specualte why. Interesting that a book written by a outsider to the McCandless family, Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, has a much clearer understanding of and admiration for CM.

You can't write a book on CM and his story without first understanding his outlook, uprbringing, and values that motivated his journeys in the first place.

This book reads like an effort on the parent's part to save face.

Excerpt from note from Carine McCandless, Chris’s youngest sister.

"I respect the charitable work my parents perform in Chris's name and hope it has had a positive effect on their lives as well as those they help. One such effort is the new “Back To The Wild” book they are publishing of his photographs. I do not wish to hinder the success of this project. I do feel the need to state that none of Chris’s siblings were involved in the creation of it. In my opinion it lacks an essential balance to be a true testament to Chris and his journey.
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