I have been drawn to the unbelievable story of Ernest Shackleton and his 27 member crew since middle school. If I was able to choose the person or topic I wanted to write about I inevitably picked the near-miraculous journey by Shackleton and a skeleton crew through over 850 miles of the South Atlantic’s heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization. I still return to Alfred Lansing’s account of the heroic expedition every 5 or so years. Not to be missed.
For more true life adventure stories, check these out:
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read