Author Archives: Gregory

“Continental Divide” by Maurice Isserman, reviewed by Gregory Crouch

Here’s “Climb Every Mountain,” my review of Continental Divide: A History of American Mountaineering by Maurice Isserman in the May 1, 2016 issue of The New York Times Book Review. (The first I’ve done for them.) Continue reading

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The perils of predicting the future…

“… it appears to me that he just as well link heaven and hell in the same speech, as Louisiana and California. I have never seen a man yet, among all the vast crowd that are here, who thinks of remaining longer than he can make a raise; and all that some ask is enough to go home on.” Continue reading

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“I tell you folks that’s a lie!”

19th Century humor: “If there is one thing a Nevada miner reveres above another, it is to hear the truth spoken at all times. A few days ago a new preacher from the East was holding forth…” Continue reading

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Ernest Hemingway and China’s Wings in the South China Morning Post

Thrilled to see this story about Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn in the Valentine’s Day edition of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. China’s Wings, William Bond, the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC), Emily “Mickey” Hahn, and Pan Am all get substantial mentions. And I suspect a few chunks of the story were sourced from this website. Continue reading

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My review of “The Last Thousand” by Jeffrey E. Stern

“… a paean to the power of education and its potential to peacefully revolutionize a violent nation.” Continue reading

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My review of “The Ghosts of K2” by Mick Conefrey

“More than 4,000 people have reached the top of Everest. Only 376 have ever held K2’s 28,251-foot summit beneath their cold, booted feet…” Continue reading

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Thrilled to see Enduring Patagonia on this 10 best list

I’m delighted to see Enduring Patagonia on TheCultureTrip’s list of The Ten Best Books About Argentina and deeply honored to be on a list with Cortázar, Chatwin, Borges, Hernández, and Sábato. Continue reading

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Ever wonder about the human cost of WWII?

Need help visualizing the true cost of the Second World War? Here’s a simple and shocking video that illustrates the staggering number of people whose lives were cut short by that terrible war. Continue reading

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Alex Honnold’s Alone on the Wall, reviewed by Gregory Crouch

Alex Honnold is probably the most interesting climber active in the world today. Here’s “Free Spirit,” my review of Honnold’s new book Alone on the Wall (co-authored by David Roberts) in the November 28 & 29, 2015 edition of The … Continue reading

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I propose a new word: Apocalyst

Apocalyst. Definition: (n) The Thanksgiving shopping list.

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