Skip to comments.VANITY: Book Recommendations Wanted
Posted on 11/18/2007 8:50:35 PM PST by GodfearingTexan
Ladies and Gentelmen, I'm writing in hopes that some of you could make a recommendation on books that deal with courage and adventure. Nonfiction books only please. I'm stationed out in the middle of nowhere and reading is my only real R&R. I'm especially interested in nautical adventures or adventures relating to the exploration of Africa or the Middle East. I've searched amazon for hours trying to find that sort of a book, but I have yet to find something worthwhile.
By the way, I recently read In the Heart of the Sea, the story about the whaleship Essex, and it was awesome. I highly recommend it.
I’ve heard ‘House-to-House’ is excellent, but haven’t read it.
Try Natan Sharansky’s works. “Fear no Evil” and “A Case for Democracy.”
Also “Shake Hands With the Devil” by Romeo Dellaire.
If you’re willing to try some fiction I highly recommend David Gemmel.
Patrick O’Brian who wrote all the Aubrey/Maturin Series
“Master and Commander” with Russell crowe was made from 2 or 3 together...
I love sailing ships, and pirates and history and I loved these books
I’ve read about 1/2 of them...
His research was great and these are some of the best books about that era...
And old one but it has what you’re looking for.
Yeager: An Autobiography
I was a transplanted texan when i created this account, but im an okie. i dont have hard feelings against texas. i rather like it. i just dont like the longhorns on the first weekend in october.
Read that one. bought it at a garage sale. awesome story. great american. thank you
I would like to recommend “America’s Victories” ‘Why the U.S. Wins Wars and Will Win The War on Terror’
By Larry Schweikart
I am about half though it. It is a great book.
I highly recommend:
by Jeana Yeager, Dick Rutan, Phil Patton
It’s the story of Burt Rutan’s Voyager craft. His brother Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager flew it around the world without refueling - the first time for any aircraft.
It’s a real modern adventure story.
“Shadow Divers” by Robert Kurson. The book is about several deep sea divers who explore the wreck of a German U-Boat off the NJ coast.
I really liked Master and Commander. Sailors had a rough life in those days.
Ah, I see “non-fiction” only. A shame.
I would recommend “The Lords of the Rings”.
But if you wish for non-fiction? “War As I Knew It’, by George S. Patton.
and the Amazon link
Sir Samuel Baker: The Swordhunters of the Hamran Arabs
The Rifle and Hound in Ceylon
The Albert Nyanza
COL John Ward: With the Diehards in Siberia
George Kennan: Tent Life in Siberia
The best part is: They are all available for download from Project Guttenberg online!
Along with the books I mentioned you should check out “Wild at Heart, by John Eldredge, and No More Christian Nice Guy, by Paul Caughlin.
Eldredge tells men what they should do. Caughlin tells them how.
Jan Hartog wrote an interesting book about his life as a kid on the boats on the Zuider Zee in Holland before it was drained. I don’t remember the name. He also wrote one or two very good books about his experiences on minesweeper etc. during WWII.
Man, I’m getting some great-sounding titles. Thank you.
Reading Suggestion Request PING.
Five years to freedom by James Rowe
It’s about his 5 years as a POW in Vietnam
He wrote on many subjects, including his travels and explorations, and his long rivalry with Speke is legendary. Check the wiki page for links to some of his works, including the original English translation of "1001 Arabian Nights".
He asked for non-fiction, but those are great books.
Somebody wrote a book about the Shackleton expedition and I think the title was Endurance.
If you haven’t yet read “Into Thin Air”. I highly recommend this thrilling true life account of climbing Mt. Everest.
I read that as an rotc cadet. i couldnt put it down. i loved it. he was a great, great man and leader. that was one of the best books i’ve ever read.
I would like to recommend Americas Victories Why the U.S. Wins Wars and Will Win The War on Terror
Larry Schweikart is a FReeper and a Gentleman.
i read that one. excellent book. i also couldnt put that one down. i also noticed on amazon that he’s got some new books out.
“or adventures relating to the exploration of Africa or the Middle East. “
Sorry again, somehow deleted the title! “Sea Hunters”.
"The Physics of Football" is also good. So is anything by RC Sproul.
Good choice. I reluctantly read the first one on a recommendation thinking I wouldn’t like it...loved it...read the second...loved it...just bought the third which I hear is one of the best.
i will check into those. thank you
Shackleton went to the Antartic 3 times My grandfather went on one of the trips
Also checkout Drew Dix -- The Rescue of River City
Medal of Honor winner, Drew Dix, who wrote one of the most kick-butt war stories you'll ever read.
I watch the movie about once evert month or two I love it
If you’re someplace hot and want to cool down:
The Conquest of Everest - Sir John Hunt
Endurance - Alfred Lansing
Annapurna - Maurice Herzog
The Ultimate Challenge - Chris Bonington
The Climb - Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt
Ghosts of Everest - Hemmleb, Johnson and Simonson
A Slender Thread - Stephen Venables
Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer
Because It’s There - Dudley Green
K2 - Jim Curran
Nanda Devi - John Roskelley
The White Death - Mckay Jenkins
If you’re someplace cold and want to warm up, you can always slog through Seven Pillars of Wisdom - T.E. Lawrence.
Two other adventure books:
Classic Survival Stories - Edited by Lamar Underwood
Deep Survival (Who Lives, Wod Dies, and Why) - Laurence Gonzales
I can recommend three books immediately, though two are definitely out of print with the third, a classic, possibly still available.
The Frigates, by James Henderson CBE; an account of the lesser warships of the wars from 1793 to 1815. The last chapter is a great, rousing true-life adventure at sea. You can sometimes find it on Ebay.
Mrs. Marco Polo Remembers, by Mary Parker Dunning, Houghton Mifflin Co. (publishers), 1968; her husband was a professor and for their honeymoon in 1908 they traveled around the world, visiting the Far East, Central Asia, India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. He died in the 1950s after an African safari and trips to Angkor Wat, Bali and Nepal. Mary was one of the few western women ever to spend a day in a harem and be allowed to leave!
I’m going to include the next book just because so few people have ever read it and it describes a part of the world, eastern Turkey, where few have ever traveled.
The Persian Expedition, by Xenophon, translated by Rex Warner,Penquin Books Ltd., 1949 - 1965; an account of the march of the Ten Thousand Greeks, from Babylon to the Black Sea at the beginning of the 4th century b.c.
I hope you find this short list a good start. Good luck on finding them all.
My husband just read “Innocents Abroad” by Mark Twain and really liked it. Not so much “courageous”, but lots of anecdotal adventure.
Whoops - that last bit should be Who Lives, Who Dies and Why
Here’s the Amazon link for Deep Survival.
Rounding the Horn: Being the Story of Williwaws and Windjammers, Drake, Darwin, Murdered Missionaries and Naked Natives, a Deck’s Eye View of Cape Horn (Hardcover)
by Dallas Murphy
Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell’s 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon
by Edward Dolnick
You would probably like any book by Naval Historian, Samuel Eliot Morison.
Grey Seas Under by Farley Mowat. His book Never Cry Wolf is also very good and very funny.
I recommend Michael Oren’s recent “Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present” - deals with our struggles with the pirates along the Barbary coast during the Revolutionary period, attempts of early explorers and missionaries to “civilize” the region, the Armenian massacres, and on and on - reads a lot like a novel with lots of personal stories along with analyses of the political considerations of those involved - entertaining and informative reading.....
Richard Halliburton - His Story of His Life’s Adventure
All the Amazon Halliburton links:
1. William Manchester, especially “The Arms of Krupp.”
2. Robert Massie, especially “Dreadnought,” which is about the Anglo-German naval arms race that lead up to World War I.
3. Jon Krakauer.
Any biographies you can find about Admiral Sir John “Jackie” Fisher, a fascinating man who modernized the British Navy.
bump for later
“With the Old Breed” by Eugene Sledge.
Story by the captain of one of the Shackleton Antarctic journeys that landed in near disaster. Their main ships was crushed in polar ice and the group lasted over two years living off the land in the Antarctic.
Beyond incredible, its a great survival story that very few in any age could ever contemplate, much less survive with no loss of life.
USMC reading list. Just in case you don’t already have to read from it for job related purposes.
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