Original rating from when I read this in 2007 was 5 stars.
It is interesting how my view has changed in the years since I originally read (well, listened) to this book. I know a lot more about myself, religion, my own views on religion, but most of all, I know more about Jon Krakauer. And honestly, the last is the most important piece of the puzzle.
He is an excellent non-fiction writer, there is no doubt about that. Practically all of his novels have been best-sellers, and for non-fiction, that's pretty astounding. But Into Thin Air
is widely acclaimed as bullshit - how can I go from knowing that, to taking him at his word about Mormons?
Well, I can't. There was a lot in this book that I thought, "Wow Jon, you're really spinning this to tell the story you want to tell." That's not to say that Mormonism, and the story he spins here, isn't extremely
compelling, because it is. I could hardly put this book down. But there were a number of times when he would present the reader with a fact, but then never fully explain it, while other facts that he is able to completely justify in his Mormons-Are-So-Evil story, he went into excruciating detail. It was practically like he was saying, "See!! See that thing I said earlier! This totally justifies it!"
Yes, I find Mormonism scary. This book compounds that.
I just don't think it was actually a good book.