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10 Must Read Survivor Stories
The Survivors Club Recommends 10 Survivor-Related Books
"4,000 Days: My Life and Survival in a Bangkok Prison" by Warren Fellows4000 Days: My Life and Survival in a Bangkok Prison by Warren Fellows After trafficking heroin between Australia and Thailand for several years in the 70s, Warren Fellows is caught and must spend twelve years trapped inside the Bang Kwang prison in Bangkok. Witnessing things that no human should ever have to see and suffering confinement for 4,000 days, Fellows tells his incredible story of survival.
"Alive" By: Piers Paul Readalive, piers paul read "Alive" tells the legendary story of a small aircraft crash on an Argentinian mountain. Nearly two dozen of the 45 passengers survived the impact. Some survivors needed to eat the dead to live as they struggled to stay warm and keep sane. In a desperate search of rescue, several men traversed the mountain for days to luckily stumble upon a village miles away. This true survival story shows how people can come together in the most extreme conditions and strive to make it out alive.
"Between a Rock and a Hard Place" By: Aron RalstonBetween a Rock and a Hard Place Aron Ralston An incredibly amazing story of the human spirit to survive. Aron Ralston finds himself stuck in a canyon - his arm lodged under a boulder - alone. He amputates his arm with a dull pocket knife, repels to safety and finds help five miles away. His account of survival is truly amazing and being made into a feautre film.
"Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival" By: Joe Simpsontouching the void, joe simpson, andes mountains, ice After reaching the top of a 21,000 foot peak in the Andes, Joe Simpson falls off the face of an ice ledge and breaks his leg. Simpsons partner, Simon Yates, tries lowering Simpson to safety but a blizzard is making the already difficult task much more complicated. Ultimately, the two are separated from each other and have to fend for themselves admist the chaos. This true survival story not only shows how incredible human instinct is but also the power of a strong friendship.
"Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival" By: Norman Ollestadcrazy for the storm, Norman Ollestad, los angeles, boy When Norman Ollestad's plane crashed in the mountains north of Los Angeles, the life-lessons that his father, who died in the crash, taught him, made Norman a survivor. This memoir explores Norman Ollestads story as he searches deep inside for inspiration and his drive to survive, as an 11-year-old boy fighting against the elements.
"Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why" By: Laurence Gonzalesdeep survival, laurence gonzales By examining stories of successful survival and fatal attempts, wilderness survival expert Laurence Gonzales pinpoints the psychological aspects of humans' survival instincts. The reader will gain insight into the science of survival through his detailed psychological and neurological research.
"Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage" By: Alfred Lansingendurance, ernest shackleton, alfred lansing In an attempt to accomplish the first trans-continental crossing of Antarctica, the early 21st century explorer Ernest Shackleton, and his crew, became lodged in ice. Eventually their ship sunk, forcing them to survive for over a year without contact with any authorities. Building temporary camps on the freezing ice formations, the team survived. Eventually, Shackleton led them out of the 'polar hell' in a last ditch rescue effort that ultimately rescued every member of the crew.
"Extreme Encounters" By: Greg Emmanuelextreme encounters, greg emmanuel This book gathers a compilation of survivor stories from around the world that include drowning in quicksand and being shredded into pieces by piranhas. Emmanuel sweeps up the reader into the center of a tornado, allowing you to experience what it takes to be a survivor of life's most extreme scenarios.
"Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party" By: George R. Stewartsierra nevada, cannibalism, george r stewart, ordeal by hunger This story follows a band of California-bound pioneers in the 1800s, who became the infamous "Donner Party." When inexperienced group follows a "short-cut" into the Sierra Nevada mountains too late in the season, the team becomes trapped. Through a compilation of diary and accounts, Stewart explores the hopelessness and cannibalism that overcame the survivors as they realized the desperation of their situation.
"The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea" By: Sebastian Jungersebastian junger, the perfect storm, warner bros, feature film, hurricane, windstorm, atlantic, sea, ocean, fishermen, waves In 1991, a 'perfect storm' struck the eastern seaboard and trapped many unsuspecting people in its wrath. Among those were six crew members on the Andrea Gail fishing boat who became lost 500 miles out at sea, away from their families and friends and completely at the mercy of the titanic windstorm. Despite the tragic ending to this real-life tale, Junger paints a vivid picture of the human attempt at survival against all odds.
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