Adrift: Seventy Six Days Lost at Sea

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On the night of January 29, 1982, Steven Callahan set sail in his small sloop from the Canary Islands bound for the Caribbean. Six days out the sloop sank, and Callahan found himself adrift in the Atlantic in a five-and-a-half-foot inflatable raft, with only three pounds of food and eight pints of water. Racked by hunger, buffeted by storms, and broiled by the tropical sun, Callahan drifted for seventy-six days over eighteen hundred miles of ocean. He fought off sharks with a makeshift spear and watched nine ...
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On the night of January 29, 1982, Steven Callahan set sail in his small sloop from the Canary Islands bound for the Caribbean. Six days out the sloop sank, and Callahan found himself adrift in the Atlantic in a five-and-a-half-foot inflatable raft, with only three pounds of food and eight pints of water. Racked by hunger, buffeted by storms, and broiled by the tropical sun, Callahan drifted for seventy-six days over eighteen hundred miles of ocean. He fought off sharks with a makeshift spear and watched nine ships pass by without turning back... He distilled water by the spoonful with a primitive still, and wasted to just over a hundred pounds, living on a sparse diet of raw fish.

Here is a story of anguish and horror, of undying heroism and hope ... the story of a man who peered into the darkest regions of nature and of his own soul -- and survived to tell the harrowing tale.

He is the only man in history to have survived more than a month alone at sea in an inflatable raft. How he made it back alive is the subject of Steven Callahan's Adrift, one of the most riveting true-life adventures ever written. 15 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780345410153
  • Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/29/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface xi
Introduction xv
Log of Napoleon Solo 1
Nerves Exposed 15
The Witch and Her Curse: Hunger and Thirst 31
Dream Keep 63
To Weave a World 93
Cries and Whispers 123
Twice to Hell and Back 151
Road of Trash 169
The Dutchman 185
Death 205
Life 213
A Man Alone 221
Epilogue 233
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2002

    Great

    It's an amazing story of an amazing man. And it's written with feeling and skill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2001

    Realistic and Thrilling!!

    I couldn't believe the reality of this book! I have always been drawn to the ocean and this book got my attention. The respect that must be had for the ocean is tremendous. Steven Callahan brought this to life through his experience. I would recommend the book to any nature lover!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2000

    A Tale Of Heroism And Beating The Unmemshinable Odds

    As an avid sailor and reader this was the best book I've ever known. I can't imagine the hardship and loneliness that Steven Callahan suffered. After so many encounters with fish that swam away and boats that went on sailing, he kept his hopes up and proved his survival to the ocean.

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