If you’re like me, you know that the best way to survive in the wild is to never go into the wild. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t experience the terror and peril vicariously. Instead of chasing thrills, the smart reader will turn to great lists like Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Nonfiction Adventure Books. National Geographic has a super list of 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time, too. My personal favorites include:
- Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
- Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson And The Opening Of The American West by Stephen E. Ambrose
- We Die Alone by David Howarth
- The Endurance: Shackleton’s legendary Antarctic expedition by Caroline Alexander
I also enjoy some of the Paul Theroux travel books like The Old Patagonian Express and Last Train to Zona Verde.