Extreme Survivors: 60 of the World’s Most Extreme Survival Stories

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The illustrated stories of 60 of probably the most daring escapes, famous shipwrecks, and ultimate survival stories—all astonishing tales of human staying power and endeavor

The statistics, descriptions, archive photographs, and illustrative maps collected here will give readers a full working out of how Joe Simpson crawled to safety within the South American Andean mountains, how Anthony Farrar-Hockley avoided capture after the Battle of Imjin River within the Korean War, and how Shackleton’s men survived the fantastic journey by boat to South Georgia. Survival stories include the Miracle of Stairway B, and how 16 other folks managed to flee death within the Twin Towers on 9/11 and the infamous story of the Montevideo rugby union team’s plane crash within the Andes, and their subsequent admission of cannibalism. Prison escapes range from Mary Queen of Scots and her escape from a remote Scottish castle, to three men pulling off what is perhaps the one successful escape from Alcatraz, to Henri Charrière’s (Papillon) five escape attempts from the Devil’s Island penal colony. Such wartime escape stories are included as that of Dith Pran, the Cambodian journalist who escaped the genocide of Pol Pot, and how the German soldier Cornelius Rost escaped from a labor camp in Siberia and trekked for three years to Iran. The book also discusses hostage situations, like Naheeda Bi’s 10 years in captivity after her notorious tribal kidnapping in Pakistan and the dramatic rescue of Íngrid Betancourt by Colombian security forces after six years.

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