9 Best Survival Books Non Fiction Update 05/2022

The power of humans and how far they can go to get through difficult situations in life have always been interesting to me as a person who likes to go on trips. Survival stories books that are based on real events are something I like to read. In my small library, I have a lot of them. Today, I’ll show you some of them.

When I started reading these books, I couldn’t help but think about how much pain that person might have felt from going outside and seeing tragic things to when police officers were captured in the past. So much is going on in these stories. When you find out why people fight off death or take risks, you can learn a lot. They have exciting stories that make me want to keep reading. There are always more true survival stories that I want to read. If I have missed any, please let me know, because I’d love to read them.

Best Survival Stories Books Based on True Stories

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Lauren Gonzales

Deep Survival is a book written by Laurence Gonzales. It has survival stories that show how outdoor adventures can go wrong. Gonzales was always fascinated by the stories he heard as a child that were so unbelievable that they were true. This book is broken up into two parts. A lot of small, true stories are in the books, and they show how one bad decision can lead to disasters. They show how outdoor adventures can turn into tragedies. First, you’ll learn about how accidents happen. Having a strict or rigid plan can often lead to things that aren’t planned. “Survival” is the second part of the book. It will let you read about how mountain climbers, sailors, and even pilots have stayed alive through their stories. You’ll read about how they made a quick decision change that saved them from going to hell.

The author also gives some advice on how to deal with crises and how to get through them. The book will keep you reading if you pay attention to how well you plan, how quickly you think, and how many emotions come up when things go wrong. Outdoor and adventure fans will love the Deep Survival book. It’s one of the best books on how to stay alive!

Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

A wooden boat that was made by hand might be one of the best survival stories ever. In this book, we learn about Thor Heyerdahl’s 101-day, 4,439-mile journey on the Pacific Ocean with five friends. He wanted to show that people from South America could have lived in Polynesia during the pre-Columbian era, and so he set out to prove it.

The journey began on April 28, 1947, and the team had to fight off sharks, whales, storms, and the blue sea for three months. When Thor Heyerdahl set out on the trip, he wanted to show people that people could have made the journey if they had tried it with the limited technology and materials that were available at the time. Their boat went out to sea. It is true that Kon-Tiki is one of the most crazy survival stories you could ever read. You should read it because it’s one of the most interesting survival books out there!

Kon-Tiki (Paperback) Thor Heyerdahl *80 Illustrations: Thor Heyerdahl:  Amazon.com: Books

Lost in the Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Adventure and Survival by Yossi Ghinsberg

This non-fiction survival storybook was pushed to the back of my library. A few days ago, I was looking for a book to read to keep up with my adventure survival book series, and I found this one. As you know, I found this book to be great and was wondering why I hadn’t read it before.

An ex-Israeli soldier has written a book about four people who meet in Bolivia and set off into the Amazon rainforest to look for new, unknown tribes. That’s not what happened. After weeks of walking through dense forest, the four backpackers split up into two groups: one group for each of them. Then there was more that could happen. For weeks, Yossi is on his own in one of the wildest places on Earth when he gets into an accident while on a rafting trip. Stranded without a knife, map, or survival skills, he has to make a shelter and hunt for wild fruit to stay alive. If he doesn’t make it out of the jungle alive, what will happen to his feet, his sense of direction, and his sense of what to do?

People who read this book about wilderness survival will be scared to death. It’s a true story that you can’t put down.

438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin

In the years since I hitchhiked across the Atlantic Ocean, I’ve always been interested in stories about how people have stayed alive at sea. He lived alone at sea for more than anyone else in history. 438 Days was written by Jonathan Franklin. The two of them set off on a two-day fishing trip off the coast of Mexico on November 17, 2012. Ezequiel Córdoba, who had never been on a boat before, was their sailing partner. Soon after they set off, a fierce storm hit them and blew them west. The engine of the boat died, and the storm dragged the boat out into the sea that never ends. Salvador even thought about taking his own life many times, but he always came up with a new way to get through the natural disasters.

Then, Salvador learned how to fish with his hands in the midst of all the other things. Not only that, but he also made a fish net out of some plastic bottles. The Marshall Islands are 9,000 miles away. He washed up there on January 29, 2014.
438 Days is one of the best true stories about people who survived at sea. You should read it, too! I love it from the first page!

After the Wind: Tragedy on Everest: One Survivor’s Story by Lou Kasischke

It is very important to read After the Wind if you want to learn about real survival stories and love mountain climbing. Written by Lou Kasischke, it is about the 1996 death on Everest. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest because eight climbers died. Lou was there, and he has seen it all. In his book, he talks about everything that went wrong on that day in great detail.

This heartbreaking book tells the story of what went wrong in a way that has never been told before. It also explains why climbers were so late and out of time. After the Wind is a book that tells the story of the author’s life. It tells about the intense moments at the top. These moments also revealed a love story that saved his life, which is why he was so happy at these times.

After the Wind: Tragedy on Everest - One Survivor's Story: Lou Kasischke:  9781940877037: Amazon.com: Books

Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival by Dean King

Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King is one of the amazing real-life survival stories that is based on Riley’s survival memoir through the Sahara Desert in the early 1800s. It is one of the best. An American ship that was on its way to Cape Bojador in 1815 ran aground. The ship sank, but Captain James Riley was able to save all of his men. Because they were alive, they made it to shore.

That didn’t stop them from getting lost in a huge desert called the Sahara, where they didn’t know any of the language or culture. They were soon taken by nomads and sold as slaves. To get through the desert without food or water, the crew drank their own urine, among other things. “Skeletons on the Zahara,” by Dean King, tells a story about courage and brotherhood. It is based on true survival stories.

Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival by Joe Simpson

In Touching the Void, Joe Simpson tells the heart-stopping story of how he nearly died in the Peruvian mountains. One of the most difficult summits in the world was reached by him and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, back in June 1985. The West Face of Siula Grande. First, they did that. It was a shame that their happiness didn’t last long. At the bottom, Joe fell and broke his leg. However, because of the bad weather and Joe’s frostbitten hands, the rope slipped and he fell over the cliff.

When Simon and Joe’s ropes were tied together, he couldn’t move on without Joe by his side. So, he cut the rope to save his own life. However, Joe somehow survived the 150-foot fall. This story is one of the best survival stories in the wilderness, and it also shows how close friends can be. It’s called “Touching the Void.”

The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz

“The Long Walk” is a true story about how seven escaped Soviet prisoners made it across China, Tibet, and the Himalayas to British India. They made it by walking through the Gobi Desert, the Himalayas, and Tibet.

A cavalry officer named Slavomir Rawicz was twenty-six years old when the German and Soviet armies split up Poland in 1939. He was taken by the Red Army and sent to the Siberian Gulag. In the spring of 1941, he escaped with six of his fellow prisoners, one of whom was an American, and they went on the run. There was no map or compass, but they had a knife and a week’s worth of food.

Amazon.com: The Long Walk: The True Story Of A Trek To Freedom:  9781493022618: Rawicz, Slavomir: Books

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read

‘Alive’ is one of the most amazing real-life stories of the last 100 years. It was written by Piers Paul Read. There was a lot of snow in the Andes when a plane with young rugby players on board crashed on October 12, 1972.

Only 16 people out of the 45 passengers and crew made it out of the mountain alive. For ten weeks, they went through things that no one could have imagined. They saw that nature can be more angry and unfriendly than we thought. To stay alive, they had to do things that were once thought impossible. Find it in the book. Alive is a great book for people who love the outdoors.

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