Classic Survival Stories: Thirteen Tales of Strength, Determination, and the Will to Live

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Anyone with a thirst for adventure and a courageous spirit will be captivated by the fifteen tales of endurance, determination, strength of mind, and perseverance recounted in this outstanding compilation. The stories in this book, be they fact or fiction, represent some of the most gripping and illuminating writing ever penned on the subject of survival. These tales take place across the globe, from the tops of mountains to deep inside canyons, from the North Pole to the South Pole.

Included, among others, are:
- To Build a Fire by Jack London
- The Great Unknown by John Wesley Powell
- The Open Boat by Stephen Crane
- The Battle of the Marten and the Porcupine by Mary Reid
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
- Battle with the Giant Octopus by Victor Hugo
- On Dangerous Ground by Lamar Underwood

Travel to the Arctic and battle minus-75-degree Fahrenheit temperatures, navigate treacherous, uncharted territory along the Colorado River in 1869, overcome the high seas in a ten-foot dinghy, or simply survive being stranded on a mysterious deserted island. All this and more can be found in these pages as you read about men testing the limits of human endurance and how truly, it is only the strong who survive.

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Although survival is often taken for granted - something every human strives to achieve on a daily basis - it is just this everyday imperative that makes for the most exciting stories.
When something goes wrong, when survival is threatened, often by something so simple and sudden as a boat overturning or a traveler losing his way, this is when the necessity of survival is no longer just another daily chore. This is when something so intrinsic as breathing or swallowing becomes the most essential need and the most sought after desire.

With contributions from:
Jack London, John Wesley Powell, Mayne Reid, Daniel Defoe, Owen Chase, John Muir, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Victor Hugo, Osborne Russell, Richard Henry Dana Jr., Apsley Cherry-Garrard, and Lamar Underwood

In no other type of story will the reader be exposed to conflict as much as in a story of survival, where morality, emotion, empathy, self-worth, courage, will, strength, and determination are all at odds. This is when the ends can almost always justify the means. This is when the laws of nature overrule the laws of man. And, this is when you really get to see what someone is made of, how much he values life, especially his own.

About the Author:

Lamar Underwood is the former editor-in-chief of Sports Afield and Outdoor Life and is presently the editorial director of the Outdoor Magazine Group of Harris Publications in New York. Among the books he has authored and edited are The Bass Almanac, On Dangerous Ground, and Whitetail Tactics of the Pros.

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