Reduced to drinking urine, crippled by walking miles across burning stones and sand and losing over half of their body weights, flayed by the sun, the sailors struggled to hold onto both their humanity and their sanity. In august 1815, although through bravery and quick thinking the ship's captain, James Riley, the US brig Commerce was dashed against Cape Bojador and lost, managed to lead all of his crew to safety.
Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival - What followed was an extraordinary and desperate battle for survival in the face of human hostility, dehydration, starvation, death and despair. Captured, robbed and enslaved, the sailors were dragged and driven through the desert by their new owners, who neither spoke their language nor cared for their plight.
A masterpiece of historical adventure, captured by desert nomads, skeletons on the Zahara chronicles the true story of twelve American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the perilous heart of the Sahara.
The western sahara is a baking hot and desolate place, and to locusts, home only to nomads and their camels, snails and thorny scrub--and its barren and ever-changing coastline has baffled sailors for centuries.
Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest MeetingCrown - Leaderless, and unaware of Jeronimus’s treachery, unarmed, they were at the mercy of the mutineers. Jeronimus took control almost immediately, preaching his own twisted version of heresy he’d learned in Holland’s secret Anabaptist societies. The batavia was the pride of the Company’s fleet, a tangible symbol of the world’s richest and most powerful commercial monopoly.
Nearly all of the passengers survived the wreck and found themselves trapped on a bleak coral island without water, food, or shelter. Jeronimus and his mutineers would meet an end almost as gruesome as that of the innocents whose blood had run on the small island they called Batavia’s Graveyard. Impeccably researched and beautifully written, Batavia’s Graveyard is the next classic of narrative nonfiction, the book that secures Mike Dash’s place as one of the finest writers of the genre.
Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Meeting - More than 100 people died at his command in the months that followed. She set sail with great fanfare, jeronimus corneliszoon, for the Company had also sent along a new employee, but the Batavia and her gold would never reach Java, a bankrupt and disgraced man who possessed disarming charisma and dangerously heretical ideas.
From the bestselling author of Tulipomania comes Batavia’s Graveyard, murder, the spellbinding true story of mutiny, shipwreck, and survival. It was the autumn of 1628, and the batavia, silver, was loaded with a king’s ransom in gold, the Dutch East India Company’s flagship, and gems for her maiden voyage to Java.
The commander of the ship and the skipper evaded the mutineers by escaping in a tiny lifeboat and setting a course for Java—some 1, 800 miles north—to summon help.
Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the WorldAlgonquin Books - Auckland island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. Incredibly, at the same time on the opposite end of the island—twenty miles of impassable cliffs and chasms away—the Invercauld wrecks during a horrible storm. Nineteen men stagger ashore. Only three survive.
With barely more than their bare hands, remarkably, a forge, they build a cabin and, where they manufacture their tools. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave—rather than succumb to this dismal fate—inspires his men to take action.
Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World - Unlike captain musgrave, the captain of the Invercauld falls apart given the same dismal circumstances. Using the survivors' journals and historical records, award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings this extraordinary untold story to life, a story about leadership and the fine line between order and chaos.
Under musgrave's leadership, they band together and remain civilized through even the darkest and most terrifying days. In 1864 captain thomas musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the island. Musgrave and all of his men not only endure for nearly two years, they also plan their own astonishing escape, setting off on one of the most courageous sea voyages in history.
His men fight and split up; some die of starvation, others turn to cannibalism. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world.
Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and LivingstoneBroadway Books - Within weeks, the explorer had vanished without a trace. In the mid-1860s, exploration had reached a plateau. He would send a young journalist, Henry Morton Stanley, into Africa to search for Livingstone. While debate raged in england over whether Livingstone could be found—or rescued—from a place as daunting as Africa, James Gordon Bennett, Jr.
The brash american newspaper tycoon, hatched a plan to capitalize on the world’s fascination with the missing legend. The seas and continents had been mapped, the globe circumnavigated. In his path lay nearly impenetrable, hostile cannibals, uncharted terrain, and deadly predators. David livingstone, who had spent years in Africa as a missionary.
Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone - The first book to draw on modern research and to explore the combination of adventure, and larger-than-life personalities involved, politics, Into Africa is a riveting read. David livingstone and journalist Henry Morton Stanley is one that has escaped telling. But the true story behind Dr. Yet one vexing puzzle remained unsolved: what was the source of the mighty Nile river? Aiming to settle the mystery once and for all, Great Britain called upon its legendary explorer, Dr.
In march 1866, livingstone steered a massive expedition into the heart of Africa. With the utterance of a single line—“doctor livingstone, I presume?”—a remote meeting in the heart of Africa was transformed into one of the most famous encounters in exploration history.
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the GlobeHarperCollins e-books - It is all here in the wondrous detail, a first-rate historical page turner. New york times book reviewferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Now in over the edge of the world, firsthand accounts, prize-winning biographer and journalist Laurence Bergreen entwines a variety of candid, bringing to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed both the way explorers would henceforth navigate the oceans and history itself.
Now updated to include a new introduction commemorating the 500th anniversary of Magellan’s voyage. The riveting story of ferdinand magellan’s historic 60, 000-mile ocean voyage—now updated with a new introduction commemorating the 500th anniversary of his journey. Prodigious research, sure-footed prose and vivid descriptions make for a thoroughly satisfying account.
Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival in the Amazon Clydesdale ClassicsSkyhorse - Stranded without a knife, or survival training, map, he must improvise shelter and forage for wild fruit to survive. But when a terrible rafting accident separates him from his partner, Yossi is forced to survive for weeks alone against one of the wildest backdrops on the planet. A powerful story of self-discovery, survival in the wild.
Los angeles timesfour travelers meet in bolivia and set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, but what begins as a dream adventure quickly deteriorates into a dangerous nightmare, and after weeks of wandering in the dense undergrowth, the four backpackers split up into two groups. As his feet begin to rot during raging storms, and as he begins to lose all hope, as he loses all sense of direction, he wonders whether he will make it out of the jungle alive.
Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival in the Amazon Clydesdale Classics - The basis of an upcoming motion picture, Jungle is the story of friendship and the teachings of nature, and a terrifying true account that you won’t be able to put down.
Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of ExplorationW. W. Norton & Company - A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley’s famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.
Gripping and superb. The dogs were gone. This book will steal the night from you. Laurence gonzales, author of deep survivalon january 17, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, Douglas Mawson, 1913, alone and near starvation, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. On february 8, his features unrecognizably skeletal, when he staggered back to base, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?"This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders.
Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration - Now mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness.
A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de VacaBasic Books - But the expedition went horribly wrong: delayed by a hurricane and knocked off course by a colossal error of navigation, the mission quickly became a desperate journey of survival. Of the three hundred men who had embarked, only four survived--three Spaniards and an African slave. This tiny band endured a horrific march through Florida, a harrowing raft passage across the Louisiana coast, and years of enslavement in the American Southwest.
The extraordinary tale of a shipwrecked Spaniard who walked across America in the sixteenth centuryIn 1527, a mission set out from Spain to colonize Florida. They journeyed for almost ten years in search of the Pacific Ocean that would guide them home, seeing lands, plants, peoples, and animals that no outsider had before.
A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca - In this enthralling tale of four castaways wandering in an unknown land, Andrés Reséndez brings to life the vast, dynamic world of North America just a few years before European settlers would transform it forever.
Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de DiosVintage - The ultimate survival story; a wild ride—the wildest—down a south american river in the thick of the Amazon Basin; a true and thrilling adventure of a young married couple who survive a plane crash only to later raft hundreds of miles across Peru and Bolivia, ending up in a channel to nowhere, a dead end so flooded there is literally no land to stand on.
On a small, soon-ravaged raft that quickly becomes their entire universe through dangerous waters alive with deadly animals and fish, despite the rush of insects swarming them by day, their only choice: to continue on, the sounds of encroaching predators at night. A stunning debut; a Departures original publication.
Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios - Vintage Original. Their raft—a mere four logs—separates them from the piranha-and-caiman-infested water until they finally realize that there is no way out but to swim. Without food or means of communication, miraculously hang on and find their way east to a large riverside town, the author and her husband make their way, to somehow, their only hope for survival, fighting to conquer starvation and navigate the brute force of the river, with no one to hear their cries for help or on a search-and-rescue expedition to find them, in spite of hunger and weakening resolve, before it is too late.
Holly fitzgerald and her husband, Fitz—married less than two years—set out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure of a lifetime, backpacking around the world. Five months into the trip their plane crash lands in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turns into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival.
Escape From Davao: The Forgotten Story of the Most Daring Prison Break of the Pacific WarSimon & Schuster - On april 4, 1943, ten american prisoners of war and two Filipino convicts executed a daring escape from one of Japan's most notorious prison camps. Lukacs spent years researching this heroic event, interviewing survivors, searching archival documents, reading their letters, and traveling to the decaying prison camp and its surroundings.
Because of wartime censorship, the full story has never been told until now. Over the decades this remarkable story, called the "greatest story of the war in the Pacific" by the War Department in 1944, has faded away. But the government and the military had a different timetable for the liberation of the Philippines and ordered the men to remain silent.
Their bold plan succeeded with the help of Filipino allies, both patriots and the guerrillas who fought the Japanese sent to recapture them. His dramatic, gripping account of the escape brings this remarkable tale back to life, where a new generation can admire the resourcefulness and patriotism of the men who fought the Pacific war.
Escape From Davao: The Forgotten Story of the Most Daring Prison Break of the Pacific War - John D. Their testimony, when it finally emerged, galvanized the nation behind the Pacific war effort and made the men celebrities. Escape from davao is the story of one of the most remarkable incidents in the Second World War and of what happened when the Americans returned home to tell the world what they had witnessed.
Davao penal colony, was a prison plantation where thousands of American POWs toiled alongside Filipino criminals and suffered from tropical diseases and malnutrition, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, as well as the cruelty of their captors.
Brutal Journey: The Epic Story of the First Crossing of North AmericaHenry Holt and Co. - A gripping account of four explorers adrift in an unknown land and the harrowing journey that took them across North America 270 years before Lewis and ClarkOne part Heart of Darkness, Brutal Journey tells the story of a group of explorers who came to the new world on the heels of Cortés; bound for glory, one part Lewis and Clark, only four of four hundred would survive.
They became, whatever it took to stay alive long enough to inch their way toward Mexico, in other words, the only place where they were certain they would find an outpost of the Spanish empire. The journey of the cabeza De Vaca expedition is one of the greatest survival epics in the history of American exploration.
They had become killers and cannibals, torturers and torture victims, slavers and enslaved. Eight years and some five thousand miles later, three Spaniards and a black Moroccan wandered out of the wilderness to the north of the Rio Grande and into Cortes' gold-drenched Mexico. The four survivors of the narváez expedition brought nothing back from their sojourn other than their story, but what a tale it was.
Brutal Journey: The Epic Story of the First Crossing of North America - They became faith healers, spider eaters, when there were only the four of them left in the high Texas desert, and finally, canoe thieves, arms dealers, they became itinerate messiahs. By drawing on the accounts of the first explorers and the most recent findings of archaeologists and academic historians, Paul Schneider offers a thrilling and authentic narrative to replace a legend of North American exploration.