The 9 Best Adventure Books ofWhy risk your own life and limbs when you can revel in just how badly it can go wrong for others? We asked a panel of explorers and adventurers to nominate their favourite tales of suffering and survival. In , to "prove" that the Pacific was settled from the West they couldn't , Norwegian Heyerdahl and his companions sailed 4, miles from Peru towards Polynesia in — or, rather, on — the kind of primitive sea-craft the aboriginal settlers would have used. Surely the most inspiring adventure story ever told. Get a copy.
100 Must-Read Nonfiction Adventure Books
By Kraig Becker. Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products and services; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. When it comes to grabbing our attention and captivating our imaginations, nothing can quite compete with a truly great book. Books have the ability to transport us to other places and times, introducing readers to unique destinations, fascinating cultures, and larger-than-life characters both real and imagined. Of course, books also have the ability to take us on amazing adventures, joining explorers, mountaineers, and travelers on their quest to fill in the blank spots on the map. Adventure books can take us to the North and South Pole, to the summit of Everest, and the deepest depths of the ocean.
And better yet, at other times you realize that, with a bit of boldness, you too could get out there and experience similar adventures for yourself. The books on our list of great nonfiction adventure books differ in topic and time period and are written in a range of different styles. The common thread is a compelling narrative detailing real events, though often so outlandish and intense you might need to follow up with some fiction just to settle yourself back down. Everest Disaster was published in , a year after his expedition in which five climbers died during a savage storm. Most of the criticism came from experienced mountaineers who felt he misrepresented the intentions and actions of other climbers on the mountain that fateful day. Little criticism, however, was leveled at the writing or the story itself. Krakauer, a journalist by trade, writes with clear, clipped prose, uses just the right amount of detail to color in characters and background, and he knows how to build a scene.