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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Outstand book that contains pictures and writings from Christopher himself.
Mark S. King
Great book, lots of good pictures that tell the real story of him, not changed like the movie.
Chris1159
I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this book and I am thrilled with it.
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56 of 59 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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20 of 20 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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10 of 10 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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12 of 13 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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7 of 7 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erik Halfacre on June 15, 2011
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This book is a great collection of the images and writings of Christopher McCandless. Seeing things through the lens of his camera(s) made the story feel that much more real and personal. Chris' love for the American West is evident in his photography, and it would be hard not to be moved by it when seeing his pictures.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Peters on June 26, 2011
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I find The story of Alex/Chris to be very compelling. The idea of dropping out of society for a bit by today's youth is something to think about. I often wonder when I see hitchhikers on the road or even pick one up if they were influenced by "Into The Wild". I found the self-portrait photos in various places especially interesting. I found the fold out page of the story belt fascinating because it is an enigma of sorts. The meaning on some parts of the belt is a complete mystery and probably only Chris could decipher it. So overall it was quite good read or view in that respect. I think the beauty of his life is drawing the conclusion for yourself which leads me to what I found I did not enjoy about the book. I really believe that the book should have been a hardcover epic edition coffee table-style book. I also think that a gloss finish on pages instead of a flat finish would have made the pictures color more vibrant instead of a flat finish. On the cover photo I could see pixelation which took away from the beauty for instance... it was like perhaps the scan was initially low-resolution. The other problem was the illustration, explanation or rather conjecture of the photos. I think descriptions are good but are trying to convey or surmise what he was thinking. I think beyond the letters and diary it could be any person's guess so maybe that could be left out. I think maybe if Krakauer had written it in his own way it might have given it more credibility because he has a special way of conveying a story and really brought it to life on the pages. He did major research and was the one that ultimately put mainstream success to the an eloquent story that might have otherwise just been the recovery of missing person.Read more ›
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