Survival Stories: Nonfiction

True stories of endurance, bravery, and hope.

Updated June 4, 2023
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Adrift : seventy-six days lost at sea
Callahan, Steven.
Alive the story of the Andes survivors
Read, Piers Paul 1941-
"A classic in the literature of survival." --Newsweek On October 12, 1972, a Uruguayan Air Force plane carrying a team of rugby players crashed in the remote, snow-peaked Andes Mountains. Ten weeks later, only 16 of the 45 passengers were found alive. This is the story of...
Alone : orphaned in the ocean
Logan, Richard D. 1942-
Terry Jo Duperrault was 11 when her family was murdered at sea aboard a chartered sailboat off the coast of Florida. She jumped overboard just in time to escape. Surviving four days on a cork float in the middle of the ocean, Terry Jo's rescue pictures graced LIFE Magazine soon after she was...
Deep down dark : the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free
Tobar, Héctor 1963-
Deep Down Dark is the novel that inspired the film The 33 starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Cote de Pablo and Antonio Banderas. When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of...
Lost in Shangri-la : a true story of survival, adventure, and the most incredible rescue mission of World War II
Zuckoff, Mitchell.
"A lost world, man-eating tribesmen, lush andimpenetrable jungles, stranded American fliers (one of them a dame withgreat gams, for heaven's sake), a startling rescue mission. . . . This is atrue story made in heaven for a writer as talented as Mitchell Zuckoff. Whew--what an utterly compelling and...
Madhouse at the end of the Earth : the Belgica's journey into the dark Antarctic night
Sancton, Julian
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The "exquisitely researched and deeply engrossing" (The New York Times) true survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly awry--with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter ...
Miracle in the Andes : 72 days on the mountain and my long trek home
Parrado, Nando 1949-
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A harrowing, moving first-person account of the 1972 plane crash that left its survivors stranded on a glacier in the Andes--and one man's quest to lead them all home--by Nando Parrado, a subject of the Oscar-nominated film Society of the Snow
Miracles on the water : the heroic survivors of a World War II U-boat attack
Nagorski, Tom 1962-
An unforgettable story of children in wartime, of heroism at sea, and--above all--of courage and the power of the human spirit. On September 17, 1940, at a little after ten at night, a German submarine torpedoed the passenger liner S.S. City of Benares in the North...

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