Review: Missoula, Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
CONCLUSION Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town is a heavy and emotional read. It is a book that examines the dark and disturbing side of human nature; however, it can serve as the starting point to remove the taboo nature surrounding the discussion of the subject of rape.
In his latest book, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, Krakauer skillfully confronts readers to address the taboo nature that society places on the subject of rape. Krakauer succeeds in delivering a factually driven narrative that closer examines the perceived rape culture surrounding the University of Montana between 2008 and 2012. The emotional court testimonials of several rape victims illustrate the everlasting pain and trauma that victims so often carry with them after the crime.
Krakauer attempts to present only the facts, allowing the reader to reach their own decision; however, this was not the case. On a few occasions, Krakauer intertwined his personal agenda with the facts, bringing to light questions about the objectiveness of the narrative. Nevertheless, Krakuer’s views are not enough to sway readers from acknowledging the blatant facts and hard evidence that he addresses throughout the rest of the book.