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The Adventurer’s Bookshelf

When not on an adventure, or planning for my next expedition, I am reading about the trials and tribulations of past explorers, adventurers or soldiers of fortune. Here’s a list (by no means a full or final list) of my favorites, and not in any particular order:

Brazil and the Amazon

Through the Brazilian Wilderness

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

The Polar Regions

South: The Endurance Expedition

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

The Worst Journey in the World

True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole

American Wilderness

Into the Wild 

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West


Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

High Adventure: The True Story of the First Ascent of Everest

Shook: An Earthquake, a Legendary Mountain Guide, and Everest’s Deadliest Day



The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex 

In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors


The Travels of Marco Polo

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival

The Race for Timbuktu: In Search of Africa’s City of Gold

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