In April 1992, Christopher Johnson McCandless, a young man from a wealthy family, hitchhiked to Alaska. He had given twenty five thousand dollars savings to charity and rid himself of all his worldly goods, motivated by his reading Leo Tolstoy. Tolstoy believed in the ideals of work and rejected the physical comforts of the larger society. McCandless, an idealist who had recently graduated from Emory University, sought to put Tolstoy's ideas into practice by living alone off the land in the Alaskan wilderness.
In the wild, he read, foraged for food, and hunted once, but found himself unable to kill and eat the animal. He kept a written record of his thoughts and feelings.
Four months later his dead body was found in an abandoned bus by a moose hunter. An autopsy suggested that he had starved to death. “Into the Wild” is the story of the young man's time in the wilderness. Krakauer explains how he would have been able to survive had he not made a few simple mistakes.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein