Category Archives: Book & Movie Reviews

“It Takes a Tribe” by Will Dean and Tim Adams, reviewed for the WSJ by Gregory Crouch

Here’s “Things You Don’t Tell Your Mudder,” my review of “It Takes a Tribe” by Will Dean and co-author Tim Adams in “The Wall Street Journal,” Friday, October 13, 2017. Continue reading

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“Ultimate Glory” by David Gessner, reviewed by Gregory Crouch for the WSJ

This one was fun! In it we get “marijuana, psychotropic mushrooms, sex, angst, friendships, cultural commentary, testicular cancer and lots of beer.” Continue reading

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“The House of Memory” by John Freely, reviewed by Gregory Crouch for the WSJ

Here’s my latest book review, “Beholding Hell Before Age 20,” of John Freely’s “The House of Memory,” which appeared in The Wall Street Journal on March 16, 2017. Continue reading

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“Valley Walls” by Glen Denny, reviewed by Gregory Crouch for the WSJ

My review of “Valley Walls: A Memoir of Climbing & Living in Yosemite” by Glen Denny, in today’s WSJ:
Congealed bloodstains dripping down the sides of a flat rock at the base of a cliff that had been used to support the body of a dying climber two months before made the rock look “like an altar for human sacrifice.” Continue reading

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“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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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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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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The Decisive Weapon in the War on Terror

In light of the terrible events in Paris over the weekend, I hope that we don’t lose sight of that which will, I am sure, in the long run prove to be the decisive weapon in our war on terror–THE RULE OF LAW. Continue reading

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My WSJ review of The Oregon Trail: An American Journey by Rinker Buck

My review of Rinker Buck’s superb new book The Oregon Trail: An American Journey, which appeared in the WSJ on 8/1/2015. Continue reading

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