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Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
By Bergreen, Laurence
2004-11 - William Morrow & Company
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A voyage into history, a tour of the world emerging from the Middle Ages, a chronicle of a desperate grab for commercial and political power, and more, this captivating tale rivals the most exciting thriller fiction. …More

Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure
By Byrd, Richard Evelyn
1984-08 - Island Press
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When Admiral Richard E. Byrd set out on his second Antarctic expedition in 1934, he was already an international hero for having piloted the first flights over the North and South Poles. His plan for this latest adventure was to spend six months alone near the bottom of the world, gathering weather data and indulging his desire "to taste peace and quiet long enough to know how good they really are." But early on things went terribly wrong. Isolated in the pervasive polar night with no hope of release until spring, Byrd began suffering inexplicable symptoms of mental and physical illness. By the time he discovered that carbon monoxide from a defective stovepipe was poisoning him, Byrd was already engaged in a monumental struggle to save his life and preserve his sanity.When "Alone" was first published in 1938, it became an enormous bestseller. This edition keeps alive Byrd's unforgettable narrative for new generations of readers. …More

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
By Krakauer, Jon
Introduction by Krakauer, Jon
1997-04 - Villard Books
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When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top. No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds. Six hours later and 3,000 feet lower, in 70-knot winds and blinding snow, Krakauer collapsed in his tent, freezing, hallucinating from exhaustion and hypoxia, but safe. The following morning he learned that six of his fellow climbers hadn't made it back to their camp and were in a desperate struggle for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated. Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people - including himself - to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eye-witness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement. …More

All the Men in the Sea: The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History All the Men in the Sea: The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History
By Krieger, Michael J.
2002-10 - Free Press
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Krieger depicts the bravery of the Derrick Lay Barge tugboats' captains and crew as they battled a hurricane to pluck individuals out of the sea. The only journalist to have interviewed the survivors and rescue workers, Krieger exhibits a keen understanding of the working class heroes involved. This story is a milestone in sea rescue, and a true celebration of courage. photos. …More

Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
By Kurson, Robert
2004-06 - Random House
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Alex Award Winner - 2005
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Even the most thoroughly landlocked reader will feel drenched (in sweat!) encountering Kurson's heart-pounding debut. For in Shadow Divers, Kurson descends to the depths of the ocean to tell the story of two courageous divers who made a stunning discovery. Six years in the making, the book unravels so much more than just a diving experience, for in exploring this historical moment, the author reveals the high-seas rivalries, the bitter feuds, and the cost of "membership in an obsessed culture of immensely brave men." …More

Between a Rock and a Hard Place Between a Rock and a Hard Place
By Ralston, Aron
2005-08 - Atria Books
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"Icebound" meets "Into Thin Air" in this astonishing, day-by-day account of Ralston's terrible accident, self-amputation, and subsequent rescue and recovery. of full-color photos. …More

The Sea Shall Embrace Them: The Tragic Story of the Steamship Arctic The Sea Shall Embrace Them: The Tragic Story of the Steamship Arctic
By Shaw, David W.
2003-05 - Free Press
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This stirring narrative is the riveting tale of the sinking of the steamship "Arctic"--a story of extraordinary bravery and appalling cowardice that took nearly 400 lives and the American merchant marine business down with it. of illustrations. …More

Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival
By Simpson, Joe
2004-02 - Harper Perennial
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Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck. Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg. In the hours that followed, darkness fell and a blizzard raged as Yates tried to lower his friend to safety. Finally, Yates was forced to cut the rope, moments before he would have been pulled to his own death.

The next three days were an impossibly grueling ordeal for both men. Yates, certain that Simpson was dead, returned to base camp consumed with grief and guilt over abandoning him. Miraculously, Simpson had survived the fall, but crippled, starving, and severely frostbitten was trapped in a deep crevasse. Summoning vast reserves of physical and spiritual strength, Simpson crawled over the cliffs and canyons of the Andes, reaching base camp hours before Yates had planned to leave.

How both men overcame the torments of those harrowing days is an epic tale of fear, suffering, and survival, and a poignant testament to unshakable courage and friendship.

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Into the Storm: Violent Tornadoes, Killer Hurricanes, and Death-Defying Adventures in Extreme Weather Into the Storm: Violent Tornadoes, Killer Hurricanes, and Death-Defying Adventures in Extreme Weather
By Timmer, Reed
With Tilin, Andrew
2011-09 - New American Library
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An eye-of-the-hurricane view of storm chasing from the star of the Discovery Channel hit series "Storm Chasers."

Only one in ten chases actually intercept a tornado-unless you're Reed Timmer. The thrill-seeking meteorologist and star of "Storm Chasers" has followed and faced down more violent tornadoes than anyone. "Into the Storm" brings readers into the mind of this man and his mission-collecting data that could save lives-in the terrifying, awe-inspiring world of big weather.

"Into the Storm" is also a fascinating look at the science of weather-what causes extreme conditions, its connection to climate change, and how a tornado gets its stovepipe structure.

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The Boys of Everest: Chris Bonington and the Tragedy of Climbing's Greatest Generation The Boys of Everest: Chris Bonington and the Tragedy of Climbing's Greatest Generation
By Willis, Clint
2007-10 - Carroll & Graf Publishers
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This book tells the story of a band of climbers who reinvented mountaineering during the three decades after Everest's first ascent. It is a story of tremendous courage, astonishing achievement, and heart-breaking loss. …More