Battling the Elements: True Tales of the Wilderness

Fatal voyage : the sinking of the USS Indianapolis

Dan Kurzman.

History, Nonfiction

The cruiser Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945. Most of its crew went down with the ship, but many died during the extraordinary five-day delay in rescue. The ship's captain was one of 316 who survived of a crew of 1196. Charles B. McVay III was court-martialed for negligence, becoming the first captain ever tried by the U.S. Navy for losing his ship in battle. (He later committed suicide.) Kurzman ( A Killing Wind ) h...

Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster

Jon Krakauer.

Nonfiction, Action/Adventure, Travel

Journalist Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for this epic account of the May 1996 disaster. Unabridged. 7 CDs.

Between a rock and a hard place

Aron Ralston.

Nonfiction, Action/Adventure, Travel

One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told -- Aron Ralston's searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home. It started out as a simple hike in the Utah canyonlands on a warm Saturday afternoon. For Aron Ralston, a twenty-seven-year-old mountaineer and outdoorsman, a walk into the remote Blue John Canyon was a chance to get a break from a winte...

Halsey's typhoon : the true story of a fighting admiral, an epic storm, and an untold rescue

Bob Drury and Tom Clavin.

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction

In the tradition of "The Perfect Storm" and "Flags of Our Fathers," this work chronicles the epic tale of men clashing against the ruthless forces of war and nature--a gripping true story of courage and survival against impossible odds and one of the greatest World War II sagas of our time.

The finest hours : the true story of the U.S. Coast Guard's most daring sea rescue

Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman.

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction

Two storytelling talents combine to bring forth a work brimming with excitement and suspense, and packed with gripping authentic descriptions of an actual Coast Guard rescue adventure. b #38;w photographs.

The climb : tragic ambitions on Everest

Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt.

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction

Weaving together first hand accounts by the head tour guide of the Mountain Madness expedition and an investigative narrative based on interviews with other expedition members and mountain climbing specialists, the authors explore the conditions that led to the May, 1996 disaster on Everest. The authors counter many of the claims that were made in Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air", written on the same subject. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portl...

Cold burial : a true story of endurance and disaster

Clive Powell-Williams.

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction

Jack Hornby was determined to make himself as great a name as George Mallory, Robert Scott, and T.E. Lawrence---self-assured, aristocratic, handsome, his life #8217;s ambition was to prove to his family and to the world that he could survive, even thrive, in one of the most inhospitable regions in the world. During the winter of 1926--1927, Hornby led a foolhardy expedition to the freezing Barren Lands of the Canadian Northwest Territories. The t...

Wild : stories of survival from the world's most dangerous places

edited by Clint Willis.

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction

Wild brings together the best writing about men and women fighting for their lives in the wilderness, from Jon Krakauer's article on which he based his bestseller Into the Wild, to Carl R. Raswan's account of surviving raids, droughts, and sandstorms in the desert with the Bedouins, to Joe Kane's description of terrifying adventures on the Amazon.

One man's wilderness : an Alaskan odyssey

by Sam Keith ; from the journals and photographs of Richard Proenneke.

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction

Reprint of the 1973 edition of life in the Twin Lakes area (170 miles west of Anchorage). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Crazy for the storm : a memoir of survival

Norman Ollestad.


A heart-stopping adventure that ends in tragedy and in triumphs, Crazy for the Storm is a love story that fearlessly explores the bond between a father and son and what it means to lead a life without limits.--Susan Cheever

Alive; the story of the Andes survivors.

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction

True story about how a group of people who survived an airplane crash in the Andes had toresort to cannibalism in order to stay alive. Copyright #169; Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

The perfect storm

Sebastian Junger.

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction

October 1991. It was "the perfect storm"--a tempest that may happen only once in a century--a nor'easter created by so rare a combination of factors that it could not possibly have been worse. Creating waves ten stories high and winds of 120 miles an hour, the storm whipped the sea to inconceivable levels few people on earth have ever witnessed. Few, except the six-man crew of the "Andrea Gail," a commercial fishing boat tragically headed toward ...

Deep survival : who lives, who dies, and why : true stories of miraculous endurance and sudden death

Laurence Gonzales.

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction

Laurence Gonzales explores the science, psychology, and art of survival. Examining true stories of miraculous endurance and tragic death, Gonzales describes the ``stages of survival'' and reveals the essence of a survivor--truths that apply not only to surviving in the wild but also to surviving life-threatening illness, relationships, the death of a loved one, running a business during uncertain times, even war.

Diving into darkness : a true story of death and survival

Phillip Finch.

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction, Biography

On New Year's Day, 2005, David Shaw traveled halfway around the world on a journey that took him to a steep crater in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa, a site knownnbsp;as Bushman's Hole. His destination was nearly 900 feet below the surface. On January 8th he descended into the water. About fifteen feet below the surface was a fissure in the bottom of the basin, barely wide enough to admit him. He slipped through the opening and disappeared f...

Miracle in the Andes : 72 days on the mountain and my long trek home

Nando Parrado with Vince Rause.

Nonfiction, Biography, Action/Adventure, Travel

In the first hours there was nothing, no fear or sadness, just a black and perfect silence. Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying—among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a...

Survive! : my fight for life in the High Sierras

Peter DeLeo.

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction, Biography, Travel

With 16 broken bones, no emergency supplies, water, or food, Peter DeLeo miraculously weathered the subfreezing conditions of the Sierras on his death-defying quest to bring help to his injured friends. He tells his story in gripping detail in this astonishing tale of survival.

Alone : orphaned on the ocean

Richard Logan, Tere Duperrault Fassbender.

Nonfiction, Biography

Terry Jo Duperrault was 11 when her family was murdered at sea aboard a chartered sailboat off the coast of Florida. She jumped overboard just in time to escape. Surviving four days on a cork float in the middle of the ocean, Terry Jo's rescue pictures graced LIFE Magazine soon after she was found.

This is the first time Terry Jo, now known as Tere Duperrault Fassbender, has been able to fully tell her story. In September 1988 Oprah Winfrey reun...

In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex

Nathaniel Philbrick.

Action/Adventure, History, Nonfiction

The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the Titanic disaster was in the twentieth. Nathaniel Philbrick now restores this epic story -- which inspired the climactic scene in Herman Melville's Moby-Dick -- to its rightful place in American history.In 1819, the 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, the unthinkable happened: in the farthest reaches of ...

In harm's way : the sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the extraordinary story of its survivors

Doug Stanton.

History, Nonfiction

A harrowing, adrenaline-charged account of America's worst naval disaster -- and of the heroism of the men who, against all odds, survived.On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they stru...