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Survival Against All Odds

Check out these fantastic tales of surviving historic atrocities, crashes and the worst Mother Nature has to offer:

Between a rock and a hard place by Aron Ralston

Alive: sixteen men, seventy-two days, and insurmountable odds— the classic adventure of survival in the Andes by Piers Paul Read

Buried alive: the true story of the Chilean mining disaster and the extraordinary rescue at Camp Hope by Manuel Pino Toro; foreword by Natalie Morales

Hero found: the greatest POW escape of the Vietnam War by Bruce Henderson

No way down: life and death on K2 by Graham Bowley

Bataan: a survivor's story by Gene Boyt with David L. Burch; foreword by Gregory J.W. Urwin

Exit row: the inside story of flight 965, its survivors, and what airlines do when disaster strikes by Kling, Tammy L

Night by Elie Wiesel; translated from the French by Marion Wiesel

River of doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey by Candice Millard

Touching the void by Joe Simpson; with a foreword by Chris Bonington

Will to live: dispatches from the edge of survival by Les Stroud with Michael Vlessides

The pianist: the extraordinary true story of one man's survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945 by Władysław Szpilman; with extracts from the diary of Wilm Hosenfeld; foreword by Andrzej Szpilman; epilogue by Wolf Biermann; translated by Anthea Bell

The last run: a true story of rescue and redemption on the Alaska seas by Todd Lewan

Climbing high: a woman's account of surviving the Everest tragedy by Lene Gammelgaard