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".