July 12, 2010 | cpl_admin
Real Life Exploits.
In the land of white death : an epic story of survival in the Siberian Arctic by Valerian Albanov ; preface by Jon Krakauer ; introduction by David Roberts ; Alison Anderson, translator ; with additional material from William Barr's translation from the Russian — In 1912, 11 Russians tried to walk to survival when their ship froze in the Artic ice.
The darkest jungle : the true story of the Darién expedition and America's ill-fated race to connect the seas by Todd Balf — An account of the tortuous expedition in search of a place to build the Panama Canal.
Alone by Richard E. Byrd ; decorations by Richard E. Harrison — The tale of a winter spent alone in the Antarctic.
Carrying the fire : an astronaut's journeys by Michael Collins ; with a foreword by Charles A. Lindbergh — How it felt to be exploring space, told by an Apollo 11 pilot.
Dead reckoning : great adventure writing from the golden age of exploration, 1800-1900 by edited by Helen Whybrow — Excerpts of some of the best in adventure writing.
Seven years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer ; translated from the German by Richard Graves ; with an introduction by Peter Fleming ; [foreword by the Dalai Lama] — This Austrian climbed the mountains to Tibet to escape from a WWII British POW camp in India.
Kon-Tiki man : an illustrated biography of Thor Heyerdahl by Thor Heyerdahl with Christopher Ralling — Heyerdahl and his companions sailed a simple wooden raft from Peru to Polynesia.
The perfect storm : a true story of men against the sea by Sebastian Junger — A vivid reconstruction of the terrible Halloween Gale of 1991 in the Western Atlantic.
Where hell freezes over by David A. Kearns — A gripping story of 6 men stranded in the Antarctic when their Navy expedition plan crashed.
Skeletons on the Zahara : a true story of survival by Dean King — When their merchant ship wrecked on the northwest shores of Africa in 1815, the crew was sold into slavery.
Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster by Jon Krakauer — A narration of the 1996 season when 12 people dies climbing Mt. Everest.
Isaac's storm : a man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in history by Erik Larson — The U.S. Weather Bureau misjudged the storm which hit Galveston, Texas in 1900, leading to disaster.
Seven pillars of wisdom : a triumph by T.E. Lawrence — An intense book by the man who came to be known as Lawrence of Arabia.
West with the night by Beryl Markham — An aviator in 1920’s and 30’s Kenya.
Trawler by Redmond O'Hanlon — A manic account of extreme conditions on a fishing trawler in the stormy North Atlantic in January.
The Oregon trail ; The conspiracy of Pontiac by Francis Parkman — In 1846, Parkman followed the paths of the wagon trains through the Rockies.
Last man down : a firefighter's story of survival and escape from the World Trade Center by FDNY Battalion Commander Richard Picciotto ; with Daniel Paisner — An account of 9-11, from a firefighter who was in the north tower of the World Trade Center when it collapsed.
The travels of Marco Polo : the Venetian by revised from Marsden's translation and edited with introd. by Manuel Komroff — Stories from one of the earliest known Western explorers.
Alive : the story of the Andes survivors by Piers Paul Read — When an Uruguyan rugby team’s plane crashed in the Chilean Andes in 1972, survivors resorted to cannibalism.
On the ridge between life and death : a climbing life reexamined by David Roberts — Memories of a lifetime of mountain climbing beginning in 1961, from one of the sport’s top writers.
Wind, Sand and Stars, translated from the French by Lewis Galantiere. Illustrated by J. O'h. Cosgrave by Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de, 1900-1944 — Tales from the 1920’s when Saint-Exupery flew the mail across the Pyrenees.
Touching the void by Joe Simpson ; with a foreword by Chris Bonington — Simpson had to crawl down the Andes alone after he broke his leg during his descent.
Roughing it by Mark Twain [pseud.] — A narrative of six years out West during the Civil War.
The right stuff [Large print] by Tom Wolfe — A riveting account of the first U.S. astronauts.
Many of these titles were taken from Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time compiled by Adventure magazine.