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  • Details about Fatal voyage : the sinking of the USS Indianapolis

    Fatal voyage : the sinking of the USS Indianapolis

    Dan Kurzman.

    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 ) here presents a shocking, convincing tale of how a ……more

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

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

    Jon Krakauer.

    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.…more

  • Details about Between a rock and a hard place

    Between a rock and a hard place

    Aron Ralston.

    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 winter of solo climbing Colorado's highest and toughest……more

  • Details about The climb : tragic ambitions on Everest

    The climb : tragic ambitions on Everest

    Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt.

    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., Portland, Or.…more

  • Details about Cold burial : a true story of endurance and disaster

    Cold burial : a true story of endurance and disaster

    Clive Powell-Williams.

    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 two men he took with him on this doomed Arctic expe……more

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

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

    edited by Clint Willis.

    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.…more

  • Details about One man's wilderness : an Alaskan odyssey

    One man's wilderness : an Alaskan odyssey

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

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

  • Details about Crazy for the storm : a memoir of survival

    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…more

  • Details about The perfect storm

    The perfect storm

    Sebastian Junger.

    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 the storm's hellish center.…more

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

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

    Laurence Gonzales.

    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.…more

  • Details about Diving into darkness : a true story of death and survival

    Diving into darkness : a true story of death and survival

    Phillip Finch.

    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 from sight, leaving behind the world of light and l……more

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

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

    Nando Parrado with Vince Rause.

    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 lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea ……more

  • Details about Survive! : my fight for life in the High Sierras

    Survive! : my fight for life in the High Sierras

    Peter DeLeo.

    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.…more

  • Details about Alone : orphaned on the ocean

    Alone : orphaned on the ocean

    Richard Logan, Tere Duperrault Fassbender.

    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 reunited her with the freighter captain who saved her ……more

  • Details about In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex

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

    Nathaniel Philbrick.

    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 the South Pacific, the Essex was rammed and sunk b……more

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

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

    Doug Stanton.

    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 struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypother……more