Usually I don’t recommend a book until I’m done with it, but by page 91 of Missoula I had convinced my cousin to buy herself a copy. Like leave work, go directly to the bookstore. Buy this book now.
This is the story of multiple rapes that involve student at the University of Montana, which happened between 2010 and 2012. It is the story of the flawed process of reporting rape and the difficult, torturous, frustrating trial of bringing rapists to justice.
Some people were unhappy that ultimately it was a man telling the story of campus sexual violence but Jon Krakauer is absolutely up to the challenge. In fact, he disappears here–the story is about the women, the victims. And this isn’t a Rolling Stone article. It’s thoroughly researched and checked. It seems agenda-less.
Like I said, I haven’t finished this book. But already it has me skipping yoga classes to read it. Already it feels important–like some real change might come from exposing this fucked up system for what it is: a fraud.
I’ve loved Krakauer for years but this might be his most important work. Buy it for yourself. Buy it for your parents. Buy it for your local football team. Just read this book, okay??