We could see from the deck that we were entering into a world of the most beautiful shade of green. They left behind no written language. At its heart, the book is a frank, revealing look inside a modern-day expedition. 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.
His goal is to sail the vessel to Hawaii. His story, however, bears almost no resemblance to the voyage of the Kon-Tiki. Flat and angular leaves glittered with rainwater. Life aboard a balsa raftthe author spends 125 days on the open sea, porpoises, sharks, sea turtles, storms, and in those chapters he describes his encounters with whales, sea snakes, and great periods of calm.
The Lost Raft: The True Story of Madness, Mutiny, Mud, Sharks, Shipwrecks, Survival, and Extraordinary Discovery #ad - Our entire relationship with Earth and Reality had been reduced to two ideas, the raft and the sea. Ecuador, panama, and costa ricaas the story progresses, the rafts and their crews are driven by the elements into remote coves and beaches throughout South and Central America, Colombia, where they live like castaways for weeks at a time.
Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass IncidentChronicle Books LLC #ad - 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. 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.
Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident #ad - As gripping and bizarre as hunt for the skin walker: this new york times bestseller, rarely seen government records, 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, dozens of interviews, and the author's retracing of the hikers' fateful journey in the Russian winter.
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.
Crazy-White-Man Sha-ga-na-she Wa-du-keeWhimbrel Press #ad - He spent the next six years of his life there. His book crazy-white-man was first published in 1956 and he passed away in 1968. 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.
It is told in a down-to-earth style that is sure to appeal to any reader who dreams of an adventure. As a story of the indomitable spirit of men and women pitted against the overwhelming forces of nature, ‘Crazy-White-Man’ is an inspiring one; as a tale of pure adventure, it will be hard to put down.
Crazy-White-Man Sha-ga-na-she Wa-du-kee #ad - Chicago tribune“Respect for Mr. 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.
To those who have lived under frontier conditions it will be equally refreshing—and that cannot be said for many of this type. Colorado spring free Press“one of the best tales of escape from city pressures.
Island of the Lost: An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edge of the WorldAlgonquin Books #ad - His men fight and split up; some die of starvation, others turn to cannibalism. 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. 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.
Only three survive. Auckland island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. 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.
Island of the Lost: An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edge of the World #ad - In 1864 captain thomas musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the island. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. Nineteen men stagger ashore. With barely more than their bare hands, remarkably, a forge, they build a cabin and, where they manufacture their tools.
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. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. Under musgrave's leadership, they band together and remain civilized through even the darkest and most terrifying days.
Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at SeaMariner Books #ad - Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea #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, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived more than a month alone at sea, Adrift is an undeniable seafaring classic, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized only six days out.
Kon-Tiki Enriched ClassicsSimon & Schuster #ad - 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. It includes a foreword by the author, an index, a selection of critical excerpts, notes, and a unique visual essay of the voyage. 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.
This edition of kon-tiki has been prepared by an editorial committee headed by Harry Shefter, professor of English at New York University. 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.
Kon-Tiki Enriched Classics #ad - After three months on the open sea, whales, and sharks, encountering raging storms, 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.
Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across AmericaDelta Vee #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. In 1974 a disenfranchised young man from a broken home set out to do the impossible.
. With a hundred dollars in his pocket, and a faraway look in his eye, a beat up cavalry saddle, John Egenes saddled his horse Gizmo and started down the trail on an adventure across the North American continent. Their seven month journey took them across 11 states from California to Virginia, ocean to ocean.
Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America #ad - . 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. 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.
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 dangerDesiree Trattles #ad - 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. 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.
A Harrowing Journey: Sailing into danger #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. Four americans have just been murdered by the pirates; another yacht captured and dragged to Somalia. Desiree is alone and frightened, on watch, while Chris sleeps below.
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. Suddenly, she is caught in the spotlight of a rapidly approaching vessel, searching for her.
Coming Back Alive: The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska's High SeasSt. Martin's Press #ad - 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. 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. 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, alaska, in sitka, 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. 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.
Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of SurvivalLittle, Brown and Company #ad - In august 1815, the us brig commerce was dashed against Cape Bojador and lost, James Riley, although through bravery and quick thinking the ship's captain, managed to lead all of his crew to safety. 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. 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. Reduced to drinking urine, flayed by the sun, crippled by walking miles across burning stones and sand and losing over half of their body weights, the sailors struggled to hold onto both their humanity and their sanity.
Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival #ad - 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, brotherhood, from the heart of the desert to the heart of man, and survival.
The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate CoastHarper Wave #ad - Michael scott moore, and emotionally resonant exploration of foreign policy, a journalist and the author of Sweetness and Blood, incorporates personal narrative and rigorous investigative journalism in this profound and revelatory memoir of his three-year captivity by Somali pirates—a riveting, religious extremism, 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. Subjected to conditions that break even the strongest spirits—physical injury, isolation, starvation, terror—Moore’s survival is a testament to his indomitable strength of mind.
Moore offers an intimate and otherwise inaccessible view of life as we cannot fathom it, religious, brilliantly weaving his own experience as a hostage with the social, 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.
The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast #ad - In september 2014, after 977 days, he walked free when his ransom was put together by the help of several US and German institutions, friends, colleagues, 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.
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.
A sort of catch-22 meets black hawk down, candor, The Desert and the Sea is written with dark humor, and a journalist’s clinical distance and eye for detail.