What are the best True survival stories?

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    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.

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    Donald Kim
    Written on February 24, 2018
    "This another story about Nazis. I never get tired of stories about Nazis and the war. It's like they're the evilest people to ever live, so you really have to keep reading about how awful they were. This book really talks a lot all the bad stuff they did to the Jews, just so tragic."
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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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    Michelle Payne
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "I absolutely loved the survival story "Between a Rock and a Hard Place." It is very inspiring, and it teaches a valuable lesson about never giving up. In my opinion, everybody should read this awesome true story."
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    #3Lone Survivor (Book)

    Lone Survivor (Book)

    Lone Survivor is the true story of four U.S. Navy SEALs that went on a dangerous mission to infiltrate a fortified base to kill an al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan. Because of the great odds they faced, only Marcus Luttrell survived.


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    Helen Clark
    Written on February 8, 2018
    "Lone Survivor is an excellent true survival story. Navy seals are bred to survive in all types of situations and this book truly takes you inside their harrowing ordeal as they face off against Al Qaeda. This is a must read."
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    #4Into 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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    Diana Estrada
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "I am a fan of these survival stories. This one is based on a true story too, so that's a bonus."
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    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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    Christina Thompson
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "Kon-Tiki is a great story not only of adventure but of the quest for knowledge. Man's desire to learn the truth at any cost, even risking one's own life, is the essence of science."
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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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    Samuel Russell
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "A great true survival storiy is Skeletons on the Zahara which is about American sailors who lost their ship to the waves of the African West Coast. It had a Indiana Jones vibe to it."
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    #7Long 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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    Jason Hunt
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "This book is based on a true story which was later turned into a movie. It's a long read, but if you're into non fiction and history books then this should be right up your alley."
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    #8In 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 Gomez
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "This is a great story depicting survival and the human spirit. It really doesn't get much more heart pounding than this. My copy of this book is worn. "
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    #9Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Laura Williamson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is an important book. I'm glad I read it."
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    Papillon is Henri Charriere's autobiography published in 1968, detailing his numerous attempts to escape prisons, including his successful breakout from Devil's Island, the prison which no one had ever fled until Papillon came along.


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    Karen Dean
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "The book Papillion, written by Henri Charriere is based on a true story about Charriere who were charged for a murder he did not commit. Despite numerous attempts of escape from prison, he were transferred to a notorious prison name Devil's Island which prides itself of not one prisoner escaping it. Charriere was the first escapee and the book chronicles his struggles and his determination to freedom."
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    #11Island of the Lost

    Island of the Lost
    Island of the Lost is a story based on two shipwrecks in the accident-prone Auckland Island. Using a combination of records and existing journals from survivors, historian Joan Druett brilliantly recreated the 19th-century tragedies into a book. 


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    Marilyn Green
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "Incredible story. Really worth the read. I could not put stop reading this book I wanted to know what would happen next. Amazing how they survived and how they resorted the cannabalism. Beating all the odds they even plan their escape. Beating the odds."
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    #12Miracle in the Andes

    Miracle in the Andes
    Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home is a non-fiction adventure survival book written by Nando Parrado with Vince Reuse. Published in 2007 by Broadway Books.

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    Daniel Foster
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is a powerful story! Nando is a great author that wrote an enthralling story that's enhanced by the fact that what you read is true. This story was written in a way that I felt like I went to the same emotional journey as those in the plane crash went through as they were surrounded by death and somehow managed to [spoilers ahead] survive. This is definitely one the best true survival stories I've personally read."
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    #13Alive: 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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    Ruth Baker
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This novel is just as heart-wrenching as it was when I first read it. It's a story about human endurance and what a person will do in order to live."
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    #14In 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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    William Beck
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "While I enjoyed In the Heart of the Sea, it wasn't exactly what I was looking for in a survival book. I really wanted a wilderness survival story instead of a sea adventure. It was a decent book - it just wasn't the right style."
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    #15Into 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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    Brandon Cruz
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I love books and am always looking for the next best thing. I'm particularly interested in books based on true survival stories. I recently stumbled upon the book "Into the Wild"by Jon Krakauer and was completely blown away. Everything about the book is great, from the main character Christopher Johnson McCandless, to the captivating story about starting a new life in the wild to his unforgettable death . I would totally give this book two thumbs up."
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    #16The 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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    Arjun Tambe
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "If you're into true stories about survival, The Mystery of Flight 427 might be right up your alley. The writing is very descriptive and sometimes gets bogged down in the details, but that also helps to build the world around the story."
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    #17Flight 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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    Alicia Peña
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This amazing book revisits one of the worst airplane disasters of all time. Survivors and emergency personnel lend their first-hand accounts to this enthralling story about the disastrous United Airlines flight. This is a must read for those who love true survival stories."
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    #18Eiger Dreams

    Eiger Dreams

    Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains is a non-fiction adventure mountaineering documentary book written by Jon Krakauer. First published in 1990, this book is published in 1997 by Anchor.


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    Jordan Flores
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains is an adventurous collection of essays related to mountain climbing. Although the stories were thrilling, I am more of a couch potato. The stories are interesting but I would rather see on the big screen than read the book."
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    #19Lost in Shangri-La

    Lost in Shangri-La

    Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II is a non-fiction account of the survivors of Gremlin Special Crash. Written by Mitchell Zuckoff and published by Harper.


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    Harini Pawar
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "It's an old story, and one you may not want to read if you want something modern to go with your survival itch, but as far as books go? It isn't bad. Worth checking at the library."
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    #20Down Around Midnight

    Down Around Midnight
    Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Crash and Survival is a non-fiction adventure survival tragedy memoir written by Robert Sabbag on this air crash experience in 1979. Published in 2009 by Viking Adult.

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    Jean Long
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Books seems to be interesting. I would check it out. Pretty good ratings."
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    #21Aviation Disasters

    Aviation Disasters
    Aviation Disasters: The World's Major Civil Airliner Crashes Since 1950 is a non-fiction history book on aviation accidents written by David Gero. With over 300 pages, this book is published by The History Press.


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    Ao Yi
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you are interested in history and aviation, Aviation Disaster might be perfect for you. You will love the great pictures from the real events in the book while reading it. I had to check other resources to learn more about the incident mentioned in the book."


Best What are the best True survival stories
1NightBooks 34 Paid
2Between a Rock and a Hard PlaceBooks 31 Paid
3Lone Survivor (Book)Books 30 Paid
4Into Thin AirBooks 27 Paid
5Kon-TikiBooks 27 Paid
6Skeletons on the ZaharaBooks 25 Paid
7Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to FreedomBooks 24 Paid
8In Harm's WayBooks 21 Paid
9Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 20 Paid
10PapillonBooks 18 Paid

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