The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told: Seventeen Incredible Tales

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Many survival adventures begin with the suddenness and randomness of a bolt of lightning - a storm descends, a boat overturns, a plane crashes, a ferocious animal attacks out of nowhere, a wilderness traveler becomes lost. Others, such as the adventures of intrepid explorers, emerge from man's inner desire to test the limits of human endurance, to challenge himself, and thereby etch himself a place in history. These are times, as Thomas Paine wrote, "that try men's souls" - times when the courage of a man is ...

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Many survival adventures begin with the suddenness and randomness of a bolt of lightning - a storm descends, a boat overturns, a plane crashes, a ferocious animal attacks out of nowhere, a wilderness traveler becomes lost. Others, such as the adventures of intrepid explorers, emerge from man's inner desire to test the limits of human endurance, to challenge himself, and thereby etch himself a place in history. These are times, as Thomas Paine wrote, "that try men's souls" - times when the courage of a man is truly measured, where heroes are born, and where we learn, finally, that it is indeed only the strong who survive. Contributions include some well-known works from renowned writers of the genre such as Stephen Crane, Jack London, and Farley Mowat, as well as some rare, lesser-known gems from Slavomir Rawicz, Maurice Herzog, and Jon Krakauer. The seventeen stories in this fascinating collection will lead you from high in the Andes Mountains to the South Pole, across the arid Gobi desert and through the dense jungles of South Pacific islands, illustrating in vivid detail - through true and fictional tales - the harsh conditions and seemingly unbearable predicaments that serve to prove themselves the ultimate tests of human endurance, fortitude, and bravery. (61/4 X 91/4, 340 pages)

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Given the general public's interest in war and survival tales, these two collections of fiction and nonfiction excerpts should jump off the shelves of public libraries this summer. Underwood, a former editor of Outdoor Life and Sports Afield, caters to popular taste with the enthusiastic comments he offers as introduction to each selection. In defining the "greatest" tales, he looked beyond literary merit for prose that is engaging and illuminating and serves as a tribute to the participants. In The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told, the reader will be struck by how fate, foul-ups, or bad luck often caused the adventures to end in tragedy, whether it involved the loss of limbs or of life. Many of the survival tales are classics, such as Jack London's "To Build a Fire," Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat," and Rudyard Kipling's "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi." The Greatest War Stories Ever Told relies on excerpts from the works of authors like Leo Tolstoy, Victor Hugo, Michael Shaara, and Erich Maria Remarque. In the introduction, Underwood explains his fascination with the symbolism of soldiers' boots. His goal is to capture how these boots traveled over beaches, jungles, and deserts, giving the reader a new way of appreciating these courageous soldiers. The sea tales of Irwin Shaw and C.S. Forester round out this anthology. Both are recommended for popular reading collections, including YA. Joyce Sparrow, Juvenile Welfare Board Lib. of Pinellas Cty., FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781585742387
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Greatest
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.23 (d)

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