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Men, Wars, Adventure, Survival and the Sea

Regnal "the caretaker"
The list author says: "Thinking that you are in trouble? Relax and find out what others have been through: explorers, travelers, sailors, whalers (many of them castaways), fighting navy marines and finally slaves - on the high seas, through the deserts, tropical jungles and across polar regions. Incredible stories and adventures: mutinies, maniacs, pirates, history of wars/sea battles and slave trade + much more. You may check my reviews as well (indicated "R"). Thanks and have a great time reading."
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
"Incredible indeed, most known survival story that cannot be missed."
Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival
Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival
"Read about  Arabs who discovered long time ago "free trade"of white slaves on the Sahara! (R)"
Barrow's Boys: A Stirring Story of Daring, Fortitude, and Outright Lunacy
Barrow's Boys: A Stirring Story of Daring, Fortitude, and Outright Lunacy
"Bureaucrat Barrow, his ideas and desperate explorers. Length to witch desperate explorers would accept years of being exposed to dangerous and deadly conditions of Arctic and Africa is unbelievable. (R)"
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
"Title says it all - classic voyage, one the most important in the history of exploring the globe. Must be read!! (R)"
Demon of the Waters: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Whaleship Globe
Demon of the Waters: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Whaleship Globe
"Great mixture of history, adventure and tragedy. Painstakingly, masterfully written, book embraces detailed description of whaling ships and their role in making many Nantuckers rich. (R)"
The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd
The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd
"Humans and their evil nature in XVII/XVIII century. Now we learn how wealth became rooted in North America, how some families became so rich and influential. (R)"
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
"Described events once again confirm, how fathomless can be "dark side" of human nature and how tragic and devastating can be lack of low and order in the presence of just one psychopath. (R)"
Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls: True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors
Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls: True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors
"Do not you ever think that you are in trouble ! This book is a must for every reader who likes survival stories. (R)"
Abandon Ship!: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy's Greatest Sea Disaster
Abandon Ship!: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy's Greatest Sea Disaster
"Dilemma of "crime and punishment" - tragedy at sea. It is not surprising that books about human tragedies are usually interesting.(R)"
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
"I do not have enough positive words to describe how fantastic this book is. (R)"
Trial by Ice: The True Story of Murder and Survival on the 1871 Polaris Expedition
Trial by Ice: The True Story of Murder and Survival on the 1871 Polaris Expedition
"Astonishing work . Using very colorful and vivid writing style, author presents events during the ill-fated polar expedition. (R)"
A Hanging Offense: The Strange Affair of the Warship Somers
A Hanging Offense: The Strange Affair of the Warship Somers
"Fascinating, well written sea  and naval inquiry story where dramatic decision ("live or die - I will be damned") had to take place. Mind this: it is a bargain buy!"
Down Under
Down Under
"Learn about  Australia and about those who survived (or not) while travelling, searching for others and discovering beauty of this vast continent!"
Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
"This is massively researched book presenting mentally unstable leader of the large US exploring  expedition sailing around the world; best read about sailors and tough life on the decks of crowded tall ships in XIX century. Monumental work!! (R)"
Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates
Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates
"Probably the best work about pirates (based on many ratings). It is like well written compendium of the piracy, great starter for further learning. Inquisitive reader may go from here into more narrative books devoted to specific chosen characters like Kidd, Dumpiere, Blackbeard, Drake etc."
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
"Positively, this historical book is in the same league as "Skeletons of the Zahara" and "Wreck of the Medusa". (R)"
Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of her Survivors
Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of her Survivors
"Forget the old movie "Bridge on the River Kwai", movie that portraits only British POWs unfortunately through the "twisted mirror". Read the book, true story about all poor souls (British, Americans and Dutch) condemned to suffer and build the Burma-Thailand railroad. (R) !!"
The Slave Ship: A Human History
The Slave Ship: A Human History
"One cannot miss this one. It should be titled: "An Inhumane History". Border between sailors and slaves was blurred on slave ships. If you want to find out up to what degree, then grab it. (R)"
Wreck of the Medusa: Mutiny, Murder, and Survival on the High Seas
Wreck of the Medusa: Mutiny, Murder, and Survival on the High Seas
"Pure horror!! 150 passengers to brave the open sea on a raft. Within a few days, most of those castaways had been burned to death by the sun, providing food for the survivors. I am glad to see reissue of this book. You may also check recently published "The Wreck of the Medusa" by Jonathan Miles."
Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander
Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander
"Definitely worth attention, considering how accomplished writer David Cordingly is ("Under the Black Flag") and whom is he writing about.. (R)"
Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar
Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar
"Good historical book should explain/elaborate WHY and HOW battles erupt, and "Seize the Fire" fulfills these two criteria. You will be surprised learning about Nelson's motivation and pell-mell strategy. (R)"
Sailing into the Abyss: A True Story of Extreme Heroism on the High Seas--winner of the 2006 US Maritime Literature Award
Sailing into the Abyss: A True Story of Extreme Heroism on the High Seas--winner of the 2006 US Maritime Literature Award
"Extraordinary book deserving to be the winner of the 2006 US Maritime Literature by all means. So much I have learned about life and struggle of seamen on board of modern mid XX century merchant cargo ships! (R)"
Race to the Pole: Tragedy, Heroism, and Scott's Antarctic Quest
Race to the Pole: Tragedy, Heroism, and Scott's Antarctic Quest
"Learn how hard it is to reach the Pole (be it North or South). This is about Scott mostly, but Amundsen and Shackleton as well. Great read. (R)"
Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
"Maybe it is not a true story, as some doubt it. To me it reads like a true survival saga. Check it out yourself. (R)"
We Die Alone: A WWII Epic Of Escape And Endurance
We Die Alone: A WWII Epic Of Escape And Endurance
"This book has still being printed after 55 years! How brave, resourceful and dedicated were those who eventually saved Jan's life! (R)"
Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
"Classic adventure story about an American and Englishman explorers crossing the Central Africa jungle in search for the source of Nile. Great read ! (R)"
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
"Good survival story, but not the best. Book is too long. While reading, I was more interested about details related to life and culture of religionless valley natives, than about rescue mission for plain crush survivors."
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
"Colorful military and adventurous life of Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett and Amazon jungle at the beginning of XX century. (R)"
Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West
Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West
"Classic survival story, sort of like "In the Heart of the Sea", and could be titled "In the Heart of the Land" (R)"
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
"The story and its background are so intense and educative, particularly considering history and controversies of the Pacific War, and human psychology (suffering, cruelty survival,spirituality).(R)"
Sir Francis Drake
Sir Francis Drake
"There are hundreds of books about him. I just happened to read this one, and it is excellent !!"
Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World
Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World
"Fascinating history of naval clashes on Mediterranean Sea in XVI century. (R)"
A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer: The Life of William Dampier
A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer: The Life of William Dampier
"A must for lovers of sea adventure about relatively unknown individual who introduced observation method to the modern science. (R)"
The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805
The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805
"Richard Zacks writes good books. This one presents life of William Eaton: secret agent and leader of first US marines who fought on Cyrenaica desert with the support of newly created US Navy. (R)"
Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy
Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy
"Number of facts and details related to American, French and British politics, economy and trade, is staggering, sometimes overwhelming. However I could not stop reading about naval duels between English and American men-of-war, what a stories!! (R)"
Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II
Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II
"One of the best survival stories I have read. It has so many gripping twists and sudden mishaps, that you may think it is a fiction! (R)"
Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
""Island of the Lost" is a perfect sailing ships true survival story, that can be easily placed among the best in this category. (R)"
Rough Medicine: Surgeons at Sea in the Age of Sail
Rough Medicine: Surgeons at Sea in the Age of Sail
"Lovely volume of maritime literature: 'through the eyes of whaling tall ships surgeons', and much more. (R)"
Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
"I have been always fascinated by discoveries of the West Coast of North America. This is a classic story !"
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
""In the Kingdom of Ice" is a 'classic of classics' among large number of books devoted to both South and North polar expeditions, where desperate sailors travel through the sea, on the ice and land (in this case it is Siberia's delta of Lena River) in order to survive."