Top True Adventure Books

A Listmania! list by Mark Harris
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The list author says: "In a broad spectrum of true-life adventure topics, these are the best of the many books that I've read. I hope you like them as much as I did."
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
1.  Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
The list author says:
  "One of the best adventure books ever."
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Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea
2.  Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan
The list author says:
  "Perhaps the hardest book to put down I have ever come across.  The sea and Callahan are all the characters needed in this amazing story."
$11.51   Used & New from: $2.47
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (399 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival
3.  Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival by Dean King
The list author says:
  "A very dramatic story about shipwreck and survival with all odds against them."
$12.75   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
4.  Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read
The list author says:
  "The most amazing survival story of all time."
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
5.  Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz
The list author says:
  "Escape from prison in the middle of nowhere."
$5.98   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (680 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Touching the Void: The Harrowing First Person Account Of One Man's Miraculous Survival
6.  Touching the Void: The Harrowing First Person Account Of One Man's Miraculous Survival by Joe Simpson
The list author says:
  "How he made it out alive!"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
7.  Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Laurence Bergreen
The list author says:
  "This story and this book were so much better than I could have imagined.  Amazing!"
$14.64   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Caliban's Shore: The Wreck of the Grosvenor and the Strange Fate of Her Survivors
8.  Caliban's Shore: The Wreck of the Grosvenor and the Strange Fate of Her Survivors by Stephen Taylor
The list author says:
  "Brilliantly done. Surviving Africa after the wreck with twists and turns that keep you glued to the book."
$12.46   Used & New from: $0.24
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
9.  In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
The list author says:
  "Philbrick paints a vivid portrait of this terrible series of events."
$11.56   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (653 customer reviews)

Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
10.  Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden
The list author says:
  "A mission gone terribly wrong."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (851 customer reviews)

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Into the Wild
11.  Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The list author says:
  "A young man lost in more ways than one."
$10.73   Used & New from: $0.99
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,098 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance
12.  We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance by David Armine Howarth
The list author says:
  "A daring secret mission gone wrong in Norway."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (382 customer reviews)

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Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny
13.  Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny by Mike Dash
The list author says:
  "A fascinating true story of shipwreck and the widespread madness that followed."
$13.27   Used & New from: $2.25
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
14.  Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
The list author says:
  "I need not say more."
$10.38   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,173 customer reviews)

Survive the Savage Sea (Sailing Classics)
15.  Survive the Savage Sea (Sailing Classics) by Dougal Robertson
The list author says:
  "An entire family stranded at sea on a raft."
$10.54   Used & New from: $0.50
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Brutal Journey: The Epic Story of the First Crossing of North America
16.  Brutal Journey: The Epic Story of the First Crossing of North America by Paul Schneider
The list author says:
  "During the time of Spanish conquest, this mission was a total failure.  Only four of hundreds make it out of S.E. America alive.  This is a great account of what the world was like in that region during the early 1500's, how Spain exploited it, and how 4 men live to tell the tale."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
17.  Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
The list author says:
  "Survival in a raft, then hell in a Japanese POW camp.  Hard to put down at times."
$16.80   Used & New from: $5.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16,323 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
18.  Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard
The list author says:
  "You only think you know this story, but you don't until you read this excellent book."
$13.04   Used & New from: $6.31
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews)

Undaunted Courage:  Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
19.  Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose
The list author says:
  "History at its greatest."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (860 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Raft: The Courageous Struggle of Three Naval Airmen Against the Sea
20.  The Raft: The Courageous Struggle of Three Naval Airmen Against the Sea by Robert Trumbull
The list author says:
  "WWII aircraft crew stranded on a small raft in the Pacific after ditching."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea (Modern Library Classics)
21.  Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea (Modern Library Classics) by Richard Henry Dana
The list author says:
  "A truly wonderful memoir of a sailor and the unspoiled west coast of America."
$13.61   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft
22.  Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft by F.H. Lyon
The list author says:
  "Classic book and a fun read."
$5.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)

In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic
23.  In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic by Valerian Ivanovich Alʹbanov
The list author says:
  "Snow and suffering.  A great book."
$11.39   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
24.  Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson
The list author says:
  "Title says it all."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (637 customer reviews)

Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
25.  Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw by Mark Bowden
The list author says:
  "Another great Bowden book."
$13.37   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)

Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
26.  Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst by Nicholas Tomalin
The list author says:
  "Weird story, but very true!  Incredible ending."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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The White Headhunter: The Story of a 19-Century Sailor Who Survived a South Seas Heart of Darkness
27.  The White Headhunter: The Story of a 19-Century Sailor Who Survived a South Seas Heart of Darkness by Nigel Randell
The list author says:
  "Another gem of a book.  These people ate people, but not him."
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Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party
28.  Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party by George R. Stewart
The list author says:
  "There is much more to the story of the Donner Party than you may have thought."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
29.  Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton Sides
The list author says:
  "The rescue story to beat all rescue stories."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (702 customer reviews)

Broken Hand: The Life of Thomas Fitzpatrick, Mountain Man, Guide and Indian Agent (Bison Book S)
30.  Broken Hand: The Life of Thomas Fitzpatrick, Mountain Man, Guide and Indian Agent (Bison Book S) by Le Roy Reuben Hafen
The list author says:
  ""Tom Fitzpatrick played such an important role in the early days of the West.  This very interesting book leads you through his fascinating life.""
$22.00   Used & New from: $5.95
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole
31.  True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole by Bruce Henderson
The list author says:
  "Epic adventures, deceit and drama."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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The Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America's Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas
32.  The Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America's Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas by Todd Balf
The list author says:
  "Bungle in the Jungle.  Good stuff."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Weird and Tragic Shores: The Story of Charles Francis Hall, Explorer (Modern Library Exploration)
33.  Weird and Tragic Shores: The Story of Charles Francis Hall, Explorer (Modern Library Exploration) by Andrea Barrett
The list author says:
  "This has it all - history, drama, mystery.  A long but very good read."
$17.10   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

My Life as an Indian (Native American)
34.  My Life as an Indian (Native American) by Hugh A. Dempsey
The list author says:
  "A great piece of history from the old west."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
35.  Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
The list author says:
  "A little-known, well-written story."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (558 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Man Is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulag
36.  Man Is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulag by Janusz Bardach
The list author says:
  "A story of survival in the Russian prison system during the war.  Madness ruled Russia, and people like this paid a huge price."
$28.30   Used & New from: $5.55
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts
37.  The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts by Sian Rees
The list author says:
  "Though this book only partly qualifies as an adventure book, it is certainly worth reading for an eye-opening and entertaining trip back in time to England, its colonies, and life aboard ships of the era."
$34.48   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

The Road to Ubar: Finding the Atlantis of the Sands
38.  The Road to Ubar: Finding the Atlantis of the Sands by Nicholas Clapp
The list author says:
  "A modern-day adventure in archeology and an amazing tale of digging up the past from the slightest of historical clues."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
39.  The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
The list author says:
  "A wonderful look at explorers and how they operated during this era, and one man's obsession."
$9.60   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (560 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Wind, Sand and Stars
40.  Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The list author says:
  "A well done flying adventure story."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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