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Author: Jon Krakauer

Title: Missoula

Subtitle: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Doubleday

Year: 2015

Pages: xiv + 367pp.

ISBN-13: 9780385538732 (hardcover) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780385538749 (ebook) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 21st Century | American History: U.S. History | Cases: Others / Missoula Cases; Types: Campus Sexual Assault



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  Author's Note (p. xiii)
  Part One: Allison (p. 1)
  Part Two: Before the Law Sits a Gatekeeper (p. 49)
  Part Three: Unwanted Attention (p. 125)
  Part Four: Scales of Justice (p. 189)
  Part Five: Trial by Jury (p. 223)
  Part Six: Aftershocks (p. 307)
  Dramatis Personae (p. 351)
  Acknowledgments (p. 359)
  Selected Bibliography (p. 361)


»Missoula, 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.« (Source: Doubleday)

Review Essays:

Murphy, Wendy. »Krakauer's Missoula: Where Subversive Meets Verisimilitude.« Journal of College and University Law 42 (2016): 479-516. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

Storch, Joseph, et al. »Missoula: Jon Krakauer's Story of College Sexual Violence That Is Both Complex and Entirely Common.« Journal of College and University Law 42 (2016): 451-478. – Bibliographic Entry: Info


Bazelon, Emily. The New York Times (April 28, 2015). – Full Text: The New York Times (Free Access)

Fortunato, Andrea, and Lisa R. Rubin. Psychology of Women Quarterly 40(4) (December 2016): 590-591. – Full Text: SAGE Publications (Restricted Access)

Johnson, Lacy M. Los Angeles Times (April 22, 2015). – Full Text: Los Angeles Times (Free Access)

Pearson, Laura. Chicago Tribune (April 23, 2015). – Full Text: Chicago Tribune (Free Access)

Talbot, Margaret. The New Yorker (April 24, 2015). – Full Text: The New Yorker (Free Access)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States / History of the United States (1991–present) | Types of rape: Campus sexual assault