- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (March 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306824523
- ISBN-13: 978-0306824524
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 201 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness Paperback – March 1, 2016
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"A gripping story."
"A solid entry in the perennially popular canon of real-life adventure stories."
"A riveting tale of survival."
"This would be a great read at the beach on a hot summer day...An interesting sage of survival against formidable odds."
"[An] excellent volume...Murphy crafted a volume that is superbly written, thoroughly researched, and is unique within this popular genre. Crane's incredible story of survival deserves to be known by a far greater audience. That is why 81 Days Below Zero is such a valuable contribution."
"[A] thrilling true story...Many have been the tales of man against nature, the struggle for survival among icy peaks in a howling wilderness--some fictitious (Jack London's "To Build a Fire"), others far too true ("Alive"). Few if any have chronicled such an epic battle as this, the journey of a lone airman from near death to life, in the course of which might be seen a series of miracles, fortified by his indomitable will to survive...It is a well-told tale."
"A primer for anyone looking for information on extreme weather survival."
―New York Journal of Books
"Murphy vividly describes Crane's World War II Alaskan ordeal."
"Leon Crane's amazing story is recounted in great detail. The author relates the young aviator's harrowing tale in smooth prose, which beckons the reader to continue reading. There are many survival stories of airmen and sailors adrift at sea and how they beat the odds. This story reveals how one flyer endured an experience just as extreme and lived to tell about it."
―World War II History Magazine
"[Murphy] manages to transport the reader to a cold and isolated arctic landscape through vivid descriptions...A satisfying read for military aviation buffs and anyone with an interest in Alaska history during the war years."
About the Author
Brian Murphy, a journalist and author, has reported around the world for The Associated Press for more than twenty years. He joined the Washington Post in 2014 and lives in Athens, Greece.
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I enjoyed the book because I learned about the Alaskan wilderness and contemplated temperatures I would never even dream of experiencing. To learn of rivers producing and cracking four feet thick ice and -50 F temperatures is just awe inspiring. I also enjoyed learning the war history and the relevance of Alaska’s geography and the role it played in Russian-American relations during the time. I had not idea Alaska was even relevant to WWII but it really was an important military hub that helped the efforts to defeat Hitler.
I will contemplate Leon’s survival instincts for a long time and wonder if I would be able to last as long as he had. His level-headed decision-making at different points in his journey was phenomenal. His incredible will to live during his journey is an inspiration, and after he was returned to base, his humility as described by the author is just fantastic.
Lastly, I enjoyed the book because here in New England, temperatures have recently dropped to sub zero and while I would very much like to complain, I found myself incapable of whining about my circumstance as I was reading about this man, Lean Crane, who survived much worse on much less. The book has left me with a lasting gratitude on life and appreciation for my own comfortable surroundings!
It’s a pretty easy and fast read. I recommend it! There are parts in the book where I think "ok the author is really far-reaching his research", but this weakness is easy to overlook if you focus on the primary story.