The Lost Raft: The True Story of Madness, Mutiny, Mud, Sharks, Shipwrecks, Survival, and Extraordinary Discovery

Great Adventures Press #ad - Along the way, the strain reveals itself in a cast of characters who range from the patently heroic, to an Ahab-like crewman who teeters on the brink of insanity. Ultimately, the isolation of the raft teaches Haslett the hard lessons of leadership, and human frailty. A lost culture in south americathe book gives a short history of the ancient mariners of Ecuador, the Manteño, and then goes on to show how the author and his colleagues deciphered the methods and secrets of this lost culture.

Knowledge of the kon-Tiki, or other previous raft adventures is definitely not a prerequisite. They left behind no written language. Haslett’s perspective is of reconciling the misinformation left by a dying icon, the raft’s captain, Thor Heyerdahl. Flat and angular leaves glittered with rainwater. Life aboard a balsa raftthe author spends 125 days on the open sea, storms, sea snakes, porpoises, sharks, and in those chapters he describes his encounters with whales, sea turtles, and great periods of calm.

The Lost Raft: The True Story of Madness, Mutiny, Mud, Sharks, Shipwrecks, Survival, and Extraordinary Discovery #ad - Other passages in the book are dedicated to describing practical living in a small bamboo hut on the sea, cooking, at times, cohabitation, and, surviving. Their raft was the famed kon-tiki, and their voyage set off a variety of other raft voyages that the author discusses in relation to his story. Healthy trees rose up and exploded in verdant splendor.


Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

Chronicle Books LLC #ad - Here for the first time is the real story of what happened that night on Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

As gripping and bizarre as hunt for the skin walker: this new york times bestseller, dozens of interviews,  Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident,  is a gripping work of literary nonfiction that delves into the mystery of Dead Mountain through unprecedented access to the hikers' own journals and photographs, rarely seen government records, and the author's retracing of the hikers' fateful journey in the Russian winter.

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident #ad - You'll love this real-life tale: dead mountain is a fascinating portrait of young adventurers in the Soviet era, the investigators' efforts, and a skillful interweaving of the hikers' narrative, and the author's investigations. A new york times and wall street journal bestseller — what happened that night on Dead Mountain?The mystery of Dead Mountain: In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain.


Island of the Lost: An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edge of the World

Algonquin Books #ad - Nineteen men stagger ashore. With barely more than their bare hands, remarkably, they build a cabin and, a forge, where they manufacture their tools. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave—rather than succumb to this dismal fate—inspires his men to take action.

His men fight and split up; some die of starvation, others turn to cannibalism. Unlike captain musgrave, the captain of the Invercauld falls apart given the same dismal circumstances. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. Only three survive. Using the survivors' journals and historical records, award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings this extraordinary untold story to life, a story about leadership and the fine line between order and chaos.

Island of the Lost: An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edge of the World #ad - Incredibly, at the same time on the opposite end of the island—twenty miles of impassable cliffs and chasms away—the Invercauld wrecks during a horrible storm. In 1864 captain thomas musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the island. Auckland island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand.

Under musgrave's leadership, they band together and remain civilized through even the darkest and most terrifying days. Musgrave and all of his men not only endure for nearly two years, they also plan their own astonishing escape, setting off on one of the most courageous sea voyages in history.


Kon-Tiki Enriched Classics

Simon & Schuster #ad - Now a major motion picture, kon-Tiki is the record of Thor Heyerdahl’s astonishing three-month voyage across the Pacific. Kon-tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure -- a journey of 4, 300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by polynesian folklore, led by a mythical hero, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, Kon-Tiki.

After three months on the open sea, whales, encountering raging storms, and sharks, they sighted land -- the Polynesian island of Puka Puka. Translated into sixty-five languages, Kon-Tiki is a classic, inspiring tale of daring and courage -- a magnificent saga of men against the sea. Washington square press' Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader.

Kon-Tiki Enriched Classics #ad - It includes a foreword by the author, a selection of critical excerpts, notes, an index, and a unique visual essay of the voyage. He decided to prove his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage. On april 28, 1947, heyerdahl and five other adventurers sailed from Peru on a balsa log raft. This edition of kon-tiki has been prepared by an editorial committee headed by Harry Shefter, professor of English at New York University.


Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea

Mariner Books #ad - Before the perfect storm, before in the heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan’s dramatic tale of survival at sea was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than thirty-six weeks. Utterly absorbing” Newsweek, Adrift is a must-have for any adventure library.  . In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized only six days out.


Crazy-White-Man Sha-ga-na-she Wa-du-kee

Whimbrel Press #ad - Morenus’ courage and hardihood grows with every page we read. It emerges as a valuable addition to the small number of books about the Canadian bush. The new york times“anyone from young to old who has wanted to toss the soft life of today into the discard and live as our ancestors did will enjoy this book.

It is a vivid close-up of the Ontario bush—written down with the vividness and gaiety of a man who knew he was free. Christian science monitorrichard morenus was a New York writer for radio and magazines when he left his old life for a new one in the wilderness of Ontario. His book crazy-white-man was first published in 1956 and he passed away in 1968.

Crazy-White-Man Sha-ga-na-she Wa-du-kee #ad - A book that is a little classic of the rugged life. Chicago tribunehave you thought of escaping from life in the “Big City”?Have you dreamed of stepping off the treadmill of work and leaving behind the tedious office job?Unhappy with his life in New York, Richard Morenus did just that. Taking along his dog and some equipment he left the humdrum life in the city for the wilderness.

When he first arrived in the beautiful backwoods of Canada some Native Americans saw how unprepared he was for his new life and gave him the name Sha-ga-na-she Wa-du-kee, which translates to Crazy-White-Man. The first few months of his life in the bitter cold of a Canadian winter were a fight for survival for Morenus, but as the years went by he became more competent and began to thrive in the beautiful landscape.

Crazy-white-man is a brilliant account of Richard Morenus’ search for a new life in the Canadian wilderness. To those who have lived under frontier conditions it will be equally refreshing—and that cannot be said for many of this type.


Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America

Delta Vee #ad - It was a journey that could only have been experienced step by step, mile by mile, from the view between a horse's ears. As they left the pressing confinement of the city behind them, the pair experienced the isolation and loneliness of the southwestern deserts, the vastness of the prairie, and the great landscapes that make up America.

In 1974 a disenfranchised young man from a broken home set out to do the impossible. Their seven month journey took them across 11 states from California to Virginia, ocean to ocean. With a hundred dollars in his pocket, a beat up cavalry saddle, and a faraway look in his eye, John Egenes saddled his horse Gizmo and started down the trail on an adventure across the North American continent.

Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America #ad - Across hundreds of miles of empty land they slept with coyotes and wild horses under the stars, and in urban areas they camped alone in graveyards and abandoned shacks. Along the way john and Gizmo were transformed from inexperienced horse and rider to veterans of the trail. Full of heart and humor, egenes serves up a tale that's as big as the America he witnessed, an America that no longer exists.

With his young horse as his spiritual guide John slowly began to comprehend his own place in the world and to find peace within himself.


A Harrowing Journey: Sailing into danger

Desiree Trattles #ad - What follows is a compelling tale of a passage that draws them deeper and further from their comfort zone than they could ever have imagined. Suddenly, she is caught in the spotlight of a rapidly approaching vessel, searching for her. Four americans have just been murdered by the pirates; another yacht captured and dragged to Somalia.

Are they next?the story opens with a dark night in the Indian Ocean. A gripping real-life story of when an adventure goes wrong!Circumstances are rapidly spiraling out of control for ordinary retired couple Desiree and Chris Trattles. What started out as a sailing dream has landed them in the middle of a pirate infested ocean, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of disaster.

A Harrowing Journey: Sailing into danger #ad - . How did they end up in this mess?the story doubles back to the beginning of their adventure and follows the path that leads them to making the decision that puts them in the way of danger. Desiree is alone and frightened, on watch, while Chris sleeps below.


Coming Back Alive: The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska's High Seas

St. Martin's Press #ad - Meticulously researched through hundreds of hours of taped interviews with the survivors, this is the true account of the La Conte's final voyage and the relationship between Alaskan fishermen and the search and rescue crews who risk their lives to save them. Will become the definitive account of this perilous trade, an addition to the literature of the sea.

In coming back alive, Walker has crafted his most devastating book to date. A fisherman's worst nightmare has become a Coast Guard crew's desperate mission. Michner as "masterful. When the fishing vessel la conte sinks suddenly at night in one-hundred-mile-per-hour winds and record ninety-foot seas during a savage storm in January 1998, her five crewmen are left to drift without a life raft in the freezing Alaskan waters and survive as best they can.

Coming Back Alive: The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska's High Seas #ad - One hundred fifty miles away, in sitka, alaska, an H-60 Jayhawk helicopter lifts off from America's most remote Coast Guard base in the hopes of tracking down an anonymous Mayday signal. As the crew of the la conte begin to die one by one, those sworn to watch over them risk everything to pull off the rescue of the century.

Spike walker's memoir of his years as a deckhand in Alaska, Working on the Edge, was hailed by James A.


The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast

Harper Wave #ad - In september 2014, colleagues, friends, he walked free when his ransom was put together by the help of several US and German institutions, after 977 days, and his strong-willed mother. Yet moore’s own struggle is only part of the story: The Desert and the Sea falls at the intersection of reportage, memoir, and history.

Michael scott moore, and emotionally resonant exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism, incorporates personal narrative and rigorous investigative journalism in this profound and revelatory memoir of his three-year captivity by Somali pirates—a riveting, a journalist and the author of Sweetness and Blood, thoughtful, and the costs of survival.

In january 2012, having covered a somali pirate trial in hamburg for Spiegel Online International—and funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting—Michael Scott Moore traveled to the Horn of Africa to write about piracy and ways to end it. In a terrible twist of fate, Moore himself was kidnapped and subsequently held captive by Somali pirates.

Moore offers an intimate and otherwise inaccessible view of life as we cannot fathom it, brilliantly weaving his own experience as a hostage with the social, religious, economic, and political factors creating it. The desert and the sea is wildly compelling and a book that will take its place next to titles like Den of Lions and Even Silence Has an End.

Caught between muslim pirates, the looming threat of al-shabaab, and the rise of isiS,  Moore observes the worlds that surrounded him—the economics and history of piracy; the effects of post-colonialism; the politics of hostage negotiation and ransom; while also conjuring the various faces of Islam—and places his ordeal in the context of the larger political and historical issues.

The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast #ad - A sort of catch-22 meets black hawk down, the Desert and the Sea is written with dark humor, candor, and a journalist’s clinical distance and eye for detail. Subjected to conditions that break even the strongest spirits—physical injury, starvation, isolation, terror—Moore’s survival is a testament to his indomitable strength of mind.


Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival

Little, Brown and Company #ad - A masterpiece of historical adventure, skeletons on the zahara chronicles the true story of twelve American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the perilous heart of the Sahara.

The western sahara is a baking hot and desolate place, and to locusts, home only to nomads and their camels, snails and thorny scrub--and its barren and ever-changing coastline has baffled sailors for centuries. In august 1815, james riley, although through bravery and quick thinking the ship's captain, the US brig Commerce was dashed against Cape Bojador and lost, managed to lead all of his crew to safety.

Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival #ad - Reduced to drinking urine, crippled by walking miles across burning stones and sand and losing over half of their body weights, flayed by the sun, the sailors struggled to hold onto both their humanity and their sanity. What followed was an extraordinary and desperate battle for survival in the face of human hostility, dehydration, starvation, death and despair.

Captured, robbed and enslaved, the sailors were dragged and driven through the desert by their new owners, who neither spoke their language nor cared for their plight. To reach safety, they would have to overcome not only the desert but also the greed and anger of those who would keep them in captivity.

From the cold waters of the atlantic to the searing saharan sands, Skeletons on the Zahara is a spectacular odyssey through the extremes and a gripping account of courage, from the heart of the desert to the heart of man, brotherhood, and survival.