What are the best non fiction adventure books?

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    #1Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air is Jon Krakauer's firsthand depiction of the May 1996 Mt. Everest disaster. With a balanced take on the characters and a colorful depiction of the weather that shaped the event, Krakauer won an Academy Award in Literature in 1999. 

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    Harold Kennedy
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "This book is an incredible read. Jon has a knack for storytelling. Even though you know Jon survived the ordeal , it's hard to put the book down, because you are constantly wondering what happens next. Also given that most of us will never go to Mt. Everest, the setting alone makes you want to know more about what it's like surviving on mountain that tall. "
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    #2Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place
    Between a Rock and a Hard Place is about a man's fight to survive for six days while trapped in the canyons in Utah. Written by Aron Ralston, himself, this awe-inspiring memoir is considered as one of the best survival stories of the modern era.
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    Brenda Green
    Written on April 6, 2018
    " Between a Rock and a Hard Place was an involving read that was hard to read. Aron Ralston gives excruciating detail of some very nasty things that he did. The part where he cuts his arm off is very graphic. This makes it a no go for me. "
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    #3Kon-Tiki

    Kon-Tiki

    Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft is Thor Heyerdahl's narration of his successful attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean on a balsa log raft with the hope of proving that ancient Polynesian people achieved similar results centuries ago.

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    Sharon Bradley
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Wasn't crazy about this book. I thought it was a bit bland and boring. I lost interest in it after the first few chapters, and it's been sitting on my nightstand for months now unfinished. Some of the pages we're also slightly torn when I received it. Not impressed at all."
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    #4Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

    Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
    Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom is Slawomir Rawicz's book detailing his escape from a Siberian Gulag Camp along with six other prisoners in 1941, during the height of the German expansion in Russia in World War II.
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    Nancy Mendez
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom is a non fiction story about the author's experiences as a prisoner during World War II. It's an interesting choice for fans of the genre."
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    #5In Harm's Way

    In Harm's Way

    In Harm's Way is Doug Stanton's creative retelling of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, which was torpedoed in the South Pacific by the Japanese in 1945. Around 900 men survived the impact, but only a third of them survived what came next.

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    Sharon Sims
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "I love this book because it's a great adventure story about one of the most fascinating ships. It's a harrowing tale that I can read again and again!"
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    #6Skeletons on the Zahara

    Skeletons on the Zahara

    Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival is the dramatic historical novel for adults written Dean King. It became a National Bestseller. It is about American sailors who lost their ship to the waves of the African West Coast.

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    Larry Lucas
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This is a fantastic read, especially if you are a fan of true stories about survival in the harsh environs of the Old World. Grab this book and understand why it climbed so high on the Bestseller list."
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    #7The River of Doubt

    The River of Doubt
    The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey is a biography written by Candice Millard on the 26th president of the United States. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2006 by Anchor Books.

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    Jose Ramos
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a very fun and interesting read. While the subject is a little focused everyone should be able to enjoy its content."
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    #8Over the Edge of the World

    Over the Edge of the World

    Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Laurence Bergreen is a non-fiction biography of the author likened to Magellan's expedition. This was originally published in 2003.

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    Evelyn Castillo
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Good adventure book to read!"
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    #9Undaunted Courage

    Undaunted Courage

    Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier is a historical non-fiction book written by Stephen E. Ambrose. This was originally published in 2006.

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    Jose Gonzalez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Very well written! The true story was told in a manner that read like a novel. I learned a lot from this book. "
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    #10Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

    Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

    Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors is written by Piers Paul Read as a non-fiction adventure survival memoir on the survivors of the Andes' plane crash. This book is published in 1975 by Avon.

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    Michael Kennedy
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I wanted to find a good non fiction adventure book and found Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors. This story of plane crash survivors is a crazy trip and really suspenseful. I can't believe this is real some times, but it is. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for gripping, real life stories. "
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    #11In the Heart of the Sea

    In the Heart of the Sea
    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex is a book written by Nathaniel Philbrick, a National Book Award winner. This tells the maritime disaster of the whaleship Essex. This book is published in 2001 by Penguin Books.
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    Betty Moore
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "A wonderful seafaring book about nantucket and whale fishing. I love true historical stories and Nathaiel Philbrick did his homework on this one and told a beautiful tale. I could not put the book down!."
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    #12Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival

    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival
    'Unbroken' is the true and incredible story of Louis Zamperini, a lieutenant that survives a plane crash during the Pacific War in 1943. This is one of the most incredible odysseys of the 20th century and the inspiration for a motion picture, directed by Angelina Jolie.
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    Dorothy Ortiz
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is the best book I have ever read about WWII. When a book is really good I will get lost in the story and knock it out in one go. Trading sleep for completion of a riveting story. This was one of those rare books for me. Highly recommended."
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    #13Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    Bury My Heart in Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West unflinchingly narrates the plight of the Native American Indians during the development of American expansionism in the Western frontier.
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    Philip Jacobs
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is a truthful look into American history from the Native American point of view. This gives a clearer view of how the Native Americans were treated by white settlers and essentially wiped out by Western expansion. "
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    #14Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a non-fiction book about a young man named Christopher Johnson McCandless who left everything he had to start a new life. Months after, his body was found and his unforgettable death will be uncovered. This book was printed in 14 languages.

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    Nicholas Harrison
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book is an excellent adventure book. It is of a true story of a young man who left everything behind to explore the beauty and wilderness of Alaska. It takes you on his captivating adventures that eventually lead up to his death."
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    #15The Mystery of Flight 427

    The Mystery of Flight 427

    The Mystery of Flight 427: Inside a Crash Investigation is a non-fiction book written by Bill Adair as an investigation into a crash of a Boeing 737 of Flight 427. Published in 2004 by Smithsonian Books.

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    Margaret Jensen
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "While it is important to know history, I found this book a little too technical for me to follow. Perhaps I should have known that before I chose to pick it up. This book is better suited to people who are into airplanes and engines rather than people who like non-fiction."
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    #16Flight 232

    Flight 232
    Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival is a non-fiction account of a history of an aviation accident in the form of the United Airlines Flight 232. This is written by Laurence Gonzales and published by WW Norton Company.

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    Jordan Hunter
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Flight 232 is a true story about United Airlines Flight 232 that crashed about 25 years ago. It tells the story of what the survivors went through from there perspectives and how everything happened. It's a good read for those interested in this particular crash and true events in general."
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    #17The Deceivers

    The Deceivers

    The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War is a historical nonfiction book written by Thaddeus Holt which features spy thriller and espionage events. Published in 2010 by Scribner.

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    #18The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    From bestselling author Susan Casey comes The Wave, a New York Times Notable Book and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. It's a brilliant portrayal of human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious.

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    Laura Garcia
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This is a true story of ship swallowing wave hunters who study these dangers the way tornado chasers follow tornadoes. Well written with lots of promise of frightening scares even though it's non fiction."
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    #19The Ghost of Flight 401

    The Ghost of Flight 401

    The Ghost of Flight 401 is a non-fiction paranormal book written by John Grant Fuller Jr. based on the accounts of the people about the ghosts from the Eastern Airlines Jumbo Jet Flight 401 disaster. Published by Not Avail.

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    Billy Garcia
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Ghost of Flight 401 is a non-fiction paranormal book written by John Grant Fuller Jr. based on the accounts of the people about the ghosts from the Eastern Airlines Jumbo Jet Flight 401 disaster. The Ghost of Flight 401 is a very interesting book and covers reports by multiple credible witnesses and documentation by the Eastern Airlines corporation over several years."
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    #20Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad

    Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad

    Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad: How to Be a Counterintelligence Officer is written by William R. Johnson with a Foreword from William Hood. This book is published in 2015 by Georgetown University Press.

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    Michelle Hall
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This sounds like a very exciting read for anyone intersested in what it would be like to be in counter intelligence. There are of course other means of adventure though and this is just one. "
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    #21Eddie Would Go

    Eddie Would Go

    Eddie Would Go by Stuart Holmes Coleman recounts the compelling story of Eddie Aikau - about his life and legacy. It's also a chronicle of the Hawaiian Renaissance and the emergence of modern Hawaii.

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    Mercedes Correa
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I was looking for an interesting biographical book to read for a class and I had vaguely heard of Eddie Aikau and the phrase "Eddie Would Go". This book is very interesting and does a good job of telling Eddie's story. I did not realize just how truly heroic Eddie was until reading his story. He is an inspiration."
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    #22The Blue Nile

    The Blue Nile

    The Blue Nile by Alan Moorehead is a nonfiction book on the adventure of the author himself on his journey in the exotic place of the White Nile. This book was published in 2000.

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    Evelyn Carter
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Good topic here and the solution hits it right on the head with what I want. Overall I really like this and would give it a shot as I think it is pretty interesting."
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    #23The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were unknowingly taken from her and used in medical research. These cells have outlived her for 60 years.
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    Lori Woods
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "The underlying plot in this book is more what I'm used to in science fiction. This story, or research, is incredible and yet very sad at the same time. Amazing book, but not so much an adventure themed."
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    #24Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant

    Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant
    Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant: Undercover & Overwhelmed as a CIA Wife and Mother is written by Lillian McCloy and edited by Johanna McCloy. This book is published in 2016 by Bordertown Publishing.
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    Eric Peterson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This was a very interesting take on the spy genre. It's a memoir from the perspective of a spy's wife, and what the family was up to while he is off doing all of that typical spy stuff. It is written in a way that has a good dose of humor."
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    #25The Secret War for the Union

    The Secret War for the Union
    The Secret War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War is a military historical documentary written by Edwin C. Fishel. This book is published in 1998 by Mariner Books.
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    Joshua Valdez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "For history buffs, the secret war for the union is a book to be explored. Adventurous, non fiction and full of history, a book for those who want to know about our nation's history"
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    #26Rascals in Paradise

    Rascals in Paradise

    Rascals in Paradise: Turbulent Adventures and Bold Courage on the South Seas is a nonfiction adventure book written by James A. Michener. This was originally published in 1957.

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    Douglas Crawford
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my wife who stays at home with my four kids. I was looking for something exciting and special to share with my wife to show my appreciation for all of her hard work and dedication to the family. From my young adulthood, I rediscovered this amazing novel called "Rascals in Paradise" by James A. Michener. My wife is an aspiring non-fiction publisher herself, so she is learning a lot of writing techniques by reading this extraordinary scientific tale about a adventurer biologist who is protecting and rescuing different species of seals in the South Seas by documenting her findings and sharing them with the world. My wife loves the book and is constantly rereading it! Thank you!"
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    #27Himalayno Pravas (Gujarati Edition)

    Himalayno Pravas (Gujarati Edition)

    Himalayno Pravas (Gujarati Edition) is a book written by Kakasaheb Kalelkar. It is a non-fiction novel first published ion 1924.

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    Howard Gibson
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "I can't read the language this book is written in, so I'll never know if it's the best non-fiction adventure book out there. A setting involving the Himalayas seems like it'd make for a great adventure story though."
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    #28A Short Course in the Secret War

    A Short Course in the Secret War

    A Short Course in the Secret War is a book written by Christopher Felix on his experiences as a political agent in Hungary. With over 300 pages, this nonfiction book is published in 2001 by Madison Books.

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    Ann Dixon
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "If you are interested in the work that a spy does and how this work is done, then this is the right book for you. It will also appeal to readers who are interested in Cold War history, since the author has real life experience as an agent in Hungary."
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    #29Billy Connolly's Route 66

    Billy Connolly's Route 66

    Billy Connolly's Route 66 is a memoir written by the British comedian, Billy Connolly, first published in 2011. It tells the story of his motorcycle trip along the historic Route 66 as he goes on a journey across America.

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    Jose Green
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I've driven on route 66 but it was the modern road. This book paints a vivid picture of why America fell in love with this drive. The author does a good job of balancing the humor with painting a picture. "
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    #30The Journals of Lewis and Clark

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark by Meriwether Lewis is non-fiction book on North American History. This book is perfect for a travel guide for every wanderlust. This was published in 1997.

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    Jennifer Jenkins
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is an interesting book based on the journals that Lewis & Clark kept as they traveled West. It does a really good job of describing America before it was populated, in a first person, real-time narrative. The author does not add a lot, but rather keeps mostly to the journals, which I like. Great book."
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    #31The Road to Purification: Hustlers, Hassles & Hash

    The Road to Purification: Hustlers, Hassles & Hash

    The Road to Purification: Hustlers, Hassles & Hash is a nonfiction book written by Harry Whitewolf. The Road to Purification: Hustlers, Hassles & Hash was published in 2014.

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    Samantha Palmer
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Road to Purification: Hustlers, Hassles & Hash is one of the best non fiction adventure books I've ever read. Full of intrigue, insight, and amazing derring-do, this book almost reads like an adventure novel, fantastic book."
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    #32Tracking the Axis Enemy

    Tracking the Axis Enemy

    Tracking the Axis Enemy: The Triumph of Anglo-American Naval Intelligence is written by Alan Harris Bath. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 1998 by University Press of Kansas.

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    Bruce Pearson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Whenever I travel by train, I like reading books to pass the time. Usually I read fiction but from time to time, I also like reading real life stories. I tried this book called "Tracking the Axis Enemy" and I thought it was really captivating. It's just as interesting as any war time era story you'll watch on tv or the movies. It was very informative and it definitely wanted me to learn more about spies and intelligence gathering in the real world. I highly recommend this if you're into that kind of stuff!"
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    #33Grant's Secret Service

    Grant's Secret Service
    Grant's Secret Service: The Intelligence War from Belmont to Appomattox is written by William B. Feis features Ulysses Grant's command on a secret service during the Civil War. Published in 2004 by Bisbon Books.
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    Brenda Medina
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I wanted the best non fiction adventure books out there. A friend let me know about Grant's Secret Service. Published in 2004, its a great read on Ulysses Grant's command on a secret service back during the civil war."

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Best What are the best non fiction adventure books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Into Thin AirBooks 31 Paid
2Between a Rock and a Hard PlaceBooks 30 Paid
3Kon-TikiBooks 27 Paid
4Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to FreedomBooks 26 Paid
5In Harm's WayBooks 25 Paid
6Skeletons on the ZaharaBooks 23 Paid
7The River of DoubtBooks 20 Paid
8Over the Edge of the WorldBooks 19 Paid
9Undaunted CourageBooks 13 Paid
10Alive: The Story of the Andes SurvivorsBooks 12 Paid
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