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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “A devastating exposé of colleges and local law enforcement.... A substantive deep dive into the morass of campus sex crimes, where the victim is too often treated like the accused.” —Entertainment WeeklyMissoula, Montana, is a typical college town, home to a highly regarded state university whose beloved football team inspires a passionately loyal fan base. Between January 2008 and May 2012, hundreds of students reported sexual assaults to the local police. Few of the cases were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. In this, Missoula is also typical.In these pages, acclaimed journalist Jon Krakauer investigates a spate of campus rapes that occurred in Missoula over a four-year period. Taking the town as a case study for a crime that is sadly prevalent throughout the nation, Krakauer documents the experiences of five victims: their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the skepticism directed at them by police, prosecutors, and the public; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them. These stories cut through abstract ideological debate about acquaintance rape to demonstrate that it does not happen because women are sending mixed signals or seeking attention. They are victims of a terrible crime, deserving of fairness from our justice system. Rigorously researched, rendered in incisive prose, Missoula stands as an essential call to action.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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"Disturbing and shocking, Krakauer did a masterful job of opening me into a topic that is shunned in society. This was one of the books that changed my perception of life and my worldview. At times it seemed repetitive, but it really is a story that AMERICA needs to take to heart. A book that will truly make you heartbroken and angry. A hard read but an important one. 26/30"
"I love Krakauer, and the story is important, but it was too long and I had to read too many accounts of the same traumatic experiences. "
"4.5/5 rounded up. "This collective fortitude touched all victims, even those too fearful to speak for themselves by eradicating the undeserved sense of shame that is so often borne in isolation." This book wonderfully addresses the broken justice system through multiple cases of women assaulted in and around Missoula, Montana. It offers eye opening perspectives on reasons why women choose to report their assaulters or not, and demands for respect, trust, and understanding to women seeking help with their peers, family, law enforcement, or school administration. This also brings to light the injustice and unfair treatment that women face in the justice system due to the susceptible favoritism for football players by multiple types of people (ie: football fans, family members, friends wanting to defend the person they thought they knew, misogynists, and additionally those who simply want "problems" to go away). While this was a read for school, I'm very glad I picked this book as it was emotional, eye opening, and offered more knowledgeable insight on rape culture that I am so grateful for."
"For me, it was. Hard to continue at times because of the descriptions, but overall it was a good read."
"Soooo good. Tough subject to write about and the author takes it on perfectly. "