True Survival Stories – Recommended Books

With all of the information available online, plus iPads, Kindles, and other readers, it is no wonder the impact that technology has had on real paper books.  I still enjoy the physical book best for my reading enjoyment.  And what better read than a great survival story – especially if it is true.

Outside magazine via their Outside Online website shares several new books on the subject of survival.

1. ‘Ruthless River’ by Holly Fitzgerald – Fitzgerald and her husband head out on an adventurous honeymoon in the Amazon.  After their plane crashes in thick jungle, they try to make their way out on a decrepit raft, with all the scary critters, mosquito swarms, and close calls that you might expect.

2. ‘Icefall’ by John All – the scientist elaborates on other scary run-ins from his travels studying the changing climate, from avalanches to snakes. But yes, reading about that crevasse fall is a highlight, especially since All lets us in on parts of the escape he didn’t capture on camera.

See a short video that documents his escape from a deep crevasse on Everest.  Amazing stuff considering he broke about 15 bones in the fall.


3. ‘A Speck in the Sea’ by John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski – ​There are two men on a lobster boat 40 miles from Long Island, and it’s the middle of the night. One of the men sleeps while the other works on the deck. The man on the deck falls overboard and the boat, on autopilot, drifts away from his sight. John Aldridge was that unfortunate man, and it’s pretty astounding that he survived.

The staff of Outside also share their picks for their favorite survival books of all time:

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

The Tiger by John Vaillant

How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier

In The Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Touching the Void by Joe Simpson

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


I would add “Clouds From Both Sides” by Julie Tullis.  A great book about climbing and the climax is just so incredible and riveting.  I am looking forward to my next lazy weekend or vacation so that I can check out some of these other stories.

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