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Krakauer's "Missoula": Does book stain city's image or offer chance to improve?

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MISSOULA - With the release of author Jon Krakauer's latest book, titled "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town", many in Missoula are concerned the city's image will be tarnished, and some are questioning the accuracy of the book.

"It's deceptive in what he leaves out, he only tells half of the story," Missoula attorney David Paoli said.

Attorney David Paoli is just one of the subjects of author Jon Krakauer's new book, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, which will be released Tuesday morning. According to Paoli, who received an advance copy of the book, over 100 pages are dedicated to the trial of Jordan Johnson, a football player at the University of Montana who was acquitted of rape more than two years ago.

"Given that he had the entire transcript from the court reporter, that he was so selective in what he put in those pages to slant things," Paoli said.

Mayor John Engen has not read the book yet, but he does understand Krakauer's main theme. He says he isn't too concerned about the book hurting Missoula's image.

"I think folks are intelligent enough to recognize that what occurs in the book is a piece of a larger puzzle," Engen said. "And a chapter in a much longer book that is the whole story of Missoula."

Both Engen and Paoli say they have never met or spoken to Krakauer. According to Paoli, no defense attorneys, prosecutors or police were interviewed, and Krakauer gets most of his information from court transcripts. He also says there are factual errors.

"When he only interviews, discusses, and reports from one side, it leaves it extremely controversial. And his pattern has been to have to go back, and revise, and correct things, and that's what he' going to have to do here," Paoli said.

Engen says he wants to use the book as a way to look at how the city could improve.

"I hope it's something that we can read, reflect upon, and continue to make positive changes around."

Paoli says he sent a letter to Krakauer's attorney, offering to help with the facts of the book. But they never responded.

Krakauer will take part in a public forum at UM about his investigation on May 6.
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