Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls: True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivorsby Edward E. Leslie
Subtitled True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors, this volume is described byPaul Theroux as, The ultimate book of ordeals . . . Fascinating, entertaining, and horrifying. I heartily recommend it. From Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson to Alive! and Adrift, tales of survival have captivated readers. Here are the most remarkable stories imaginable of maroons, castaways, and other survivors from the 1500s to the presenttheir moral dilemmas, their personalities, and their influence on society, literature, and art. Included in this volume are accounts of shipwrecks, descriptions of being marooned in such isolated corners of the globe as Ascension Island and Patagonia, and an account by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on his experience in the Libyan desert. Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls is an unforgettable exploration of a subject of perennial fascination.
"Leslie creates a keen psychological study as well as a paean to the courage, resourcefulness, and perseverance of the human body and mind" Publishers Weekly
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Meet the Author
Edward E. Leslie is the author of The Devil Knows How to Ride, a biography of the Civil War raider William Quantrill. He lives in Massillion, Ohio.
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