Gregory Crouch is the author of the upcoming book The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle Over the Greatest Riches in the American West (Scribner), scheduled for publication on June 19, 2018.
Crouch specializes in adventurous and historic subjects. He is also the author of the true-life World War II flying adventure China’s Wings (Bantam, 2012) and the mountaineering memoir Enduring Patagonia (Random House, 2001).
A regular book critic, Crouch has reviewed more than 25 books for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, and NPR Books, among others. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. (Links to all of Crouch’s reviews can be found here.)
Among many dozens of articles for a wide range of national publications, Crouch has written about a U.S.-Iranian climbing exchange in Iran for The Atlantic, cave exploration in Oman and winter mountaineering in Patagonia for National Geographic, and about Mount Everest for The Wall Street Journal and National Geographic Adventure. Among well over a hundred articles, he has written stories about millionaire miner John Mackay for Smithsonian, and about Mark Twain for Time (both distillations from THE BONANZA KING), the Revolutionary War history of West Point for Historic Traveler, the worst peacetime disaster in the history of the United States Navy for American History, the forgotten 1937 Battle of Shanghai for World War II, and he wrote an essay about walking across Tierra del Fuego for Islands. He has authored equipment reviews and how-to articles for Outside, Popular Mechanics, and Backpacker, and dozens of adventure stories for Rock & Ice, Ascent, Alpinist, and Climbing, where he was a senior contributing editor for five years focused on writing personality profiles of famous climbers. He is also the author of Goldline: Stories of Climbing Adventure and Tradition (The Mountaineers, 2001) and Route Finding: Navigating with a Map and Compass (Falcon, 1999).
His work has been quoted in Newsweek, The Atlantic, Nautilus, Alpinist, The South China Morning Post, and by NPR.
In 1988, Gregory Crouch graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he studied military history. He completed U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools and led two infantry platoons. He left the Army to pursue other interests, most notably in adventure travel, rock and ice climbing, and high-stakes international mountaineering. He developed a particular obsession with the storm-swept peaks of Patagonia and made seven expeditions to those remote mountains, where he made a number of world-class first ascents.
Along the way, he became a writer.
Crouch’s entire career has been built from following his intellectual and adventurous interests to their absolute conclusions. One day, he hopes to write about surfing — his passion of more than 30 years, and the one about which he hasn’t yet written a word.
With his son, Ryan, and wife, artist Tina Rath, Gregory Crouch lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.
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