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Top True Adventure Books

Mark Harris
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
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
"One of the best adventure books ever."
Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea
Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea
"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."
Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival
Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival
"A very dramatic story about shipwreck and survival with all odds against them."
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
"The most amazing survival story of all time."
Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
"Escape from prison in the middle of nowhere."
Touching the Void: The Harrowing First Person Account Of One Man's Miraculous Survival
Touching the Void: The Harrowing First Person Account Of One Man's Miraculous Survival
"How he made it out alive!"
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
"This story and this book were so much better than I could have imagined.  Amazing!"
Caliban's Shore: The Wreck of the Grosvenor and the Strange Fate of Her Survivors
Caliban's Shore: The Wreck of the Grosvenor and the Strange Fate of Her Survivors
"Brilliantly done. Surviving Africa after the wreck with twists and turns that keep you glued to the book."
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
"Philbrick paints a vivid portrait of this terrible series of events."
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
"A mission gone terribly wrong."
Into the Wild
Into the Wild
"A young man lost in more ways than one."
We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance
We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance
"A daring secret mission gone wrong in Norway."
Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny
Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny
"A fascinating true story of shipwreck and the widespread madness that followed."
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
"I need not say more."
Survive the Savage Sea (Sailing Classics)
Survive the Savage Sea (Sailing Classics)
"An entire family stranded at sea on a raft."
Brutal Journey: The Epic Story of the First Crossing of North America
Brutal Journey: The Epic Story of the First Crossing of North America
"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."
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
"Survival in a raft, then hell in a Japanese POW camp.  Hard to put down at times."
Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
"You only think you know this story, but you don't until you read this excellent book."
Undaunted Courage:  Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
"History at its greatest."
The Raft: The Courageous Struggle of Three Naval Airmen Against the Sea
The Raft: The Courageous Struggle of Three Naval Airmen Against the Sea
"WWII aircraft crew stranded on a small raft in the Pacific after ditching."
Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea (Modern Library Classics)
Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea (Modern Library Classics)
"A truly wonderful memoir of a sailor and the unspoiled west coast of America."
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft
"Classic book and a fun read."
In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic
In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic
"Snow and suffering.  A great book."
Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
"Title says it all."
Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
"Another great Bowden book."
Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
"Weird story, but very true!  Incredible ending."
The White Headhunter: The Story of a 19-Century Sailor Who Survived a South Seas Heart of Darkness
The White Headhunter: The Story of a 19-Century Sailor Who Survived a South Seas Heart of Darkness
"Another gem of a book.  These people ate people, but not him."
Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party
Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party
"There is much more to the story of the Donner Party than you may have thought."
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
"The rescue story to beat all rescue stories."
Broken Hand: The Life of Thomas Fitzpatrick, Mountain Man, Guide and Indian Agent (Bison Book S)
Broken Hand: The Life of Thomas Fitzpatrick, Mountain Man, Guide and Indian Agent (Bison Book S)
""Tom Fitzpatrick played such an important role in the early days of the West.  This very interesting book leads you through his fascinating life.""
True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole
True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole
"Epic adventures, deceit and drama."
The Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America's Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas
The Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America's Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas
"Bungle in the Jungle.  Good stuff."
Weird and Tragic Shores: The Story of Charles Francis Hall, Explorer (Modern Library Exploration)
Weird and Tragic Shores: The Story of Charles Francis Hall, Explorer (Modern Library Exploration)
"This has it all - history, drama, mystery.  A long but very good read."
My Life as an Indian (Native American)
My Life as an Indian (Native American)
"A great piece of history from the old west."
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
"A little-known, well-written story."
Man Is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulag
Man Is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulag
"A story of survival in the Russian prison system during the war.  Madness ruled Russia, and people like this paid a huge price."
The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts
The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts
"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."
The Road to Ubar: Finding the Atlantis of the Sands
The Road to Ubar: Finding the Atlantis of the Sands
"A modern-day adventure in archeology and an amazing tale of digging up the past from the slightest of historical clues."
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
"A wonderful look at explorers and how they operated during this era, and one man's obsession."
Wind, Sand and Stars
Wind, Sand and Stars
"A well done flying adventure story."