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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (1 Jan 1920)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312241208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312241209
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 713,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presents a collection of tales of survival in and escapes from the Alaskan wilderness.

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The GI struggled in the waist-deep muck of upper Cook Inlet not many miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PaulF on 10 Jun 2011
Format: Paperback
I read Into The Wild and watched the film and read the slaggings. So I thought I would check this work out. Do not go to ALaska, unless you wanna die. This book is well researched and put across brilliantly. Some of these accounts are awe inspiring, you can really feel for some of these poor people. The plane crashes, the fool hardy and the down right lucky b*****ds. This man has covered it all- everything you want to avoid on a holiday, ie: suffering and death. But we're not talking holidays here, this IS real life for some folk. The book covers modern day and historic examples of mans struggle with the elements of nature and the short comings of our own. One for the coffee table for sure.
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Amazon.com: 17 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Mind numbing true adventure! 19 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is easily the best collection of true adventure tales ever assembled. I was blown away by the courage, danger, and pure adrenaline running through these stories. My advice: run to your nearest bookstore and BUY THIS BOOK!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
If you are going to Alaska, think about reading this. 12 Jan 2005
By Bryan Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Larry Kaniut is the king of Alaskan, true-life stories of adventure and survival. He has made a franchise Alaskan bear attacks and tales from tragedy to the miraculous and written a library of white-knuckled reading. It's car accident stuff that you can't put down until you know how it turns out. It at once makes you glad to be in a secure place and at the same time it calls you out to the wilds.

The individual stories were selected to represent a wide variety of themes. A few of the stories get repetitive, like the downed bush plane stories. Then again, if you read the Anchorage Daily, you get the same feeling of déjà vu.

With the thrills, comes education about being prepared. One of the amazing things about the book is that the majority of these stories do not come from isolated wilderness but mostly within just a few miles of the road. I read it just before a trip to Alaska and it changed the landscapes I was driving through. Driving down the Seward Highway I realized - that's where that lady was airlifted out, that was where newlyweds drowned, that's where a man lost his hunting buddy. It points out that this is Alaska and your decisions can be as important as life and death here.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good for reading at bedtime or while camping 8 Mar 2001
By David Graham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Alaska, despite its many cities and roads, is still a land with large vistas of wild, untamed territory. Kaniut's book is a collection of several dozen Alaskan tales of death and survival, ranging from plane crashes in poor weather to bear attacks, climbing accidents, entrapment in mudflats as the tidewater poured in, winter stranding on ice floes, badger mauling, frostbite on hunting forays gone wrong, and many other true dramas. While the book is rather limited in its straightforward, no-nonsense approach (one could, without being disrespectful, call the style prosaic), it does make for good bedtime reading before drifting off to sleep. The wildness of nature that demonstrates the numinous aspect of God's creation in the last few chapters of Job can be seen in these stories, reminding us that man is not the master of everything he surveys. Nature is wild, dangerous, and commands attention and respect. Ignore this and you might die or be severely crippled (as some of these stories demonstrate.) Overall, this was not a great book, but a good one, a decent selection to take along on a camping trip.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This book made me want to stay indoors forever 13 Oct 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I could not put this book down. It is so gruesome, but every story is true! There are bear attacks, people falling through ice, plane crashes, ice storms...you name it; if it can happen in Alaska, then someone has lived to tell about it! I find it facinating to read about unbearable situations that people have survived. This book isn't for those of you who don't want to read the gory details, but if that's what you live for, then this is your book!!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Author Can't Write 17 Oct 2011
By aznails - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book because I love to read about human struggles for survival. I've had this book for 2 months and am only half way through. I'm finding it difficult to get into. Although some of the many short stories in this book are written by those who have experienced that particular accident or disaster first hand and personally faced the fight for survival, most were written by the author, Larry Kaniut. I don't think Mr. Kaniut is a very good writer. He tends to overuse names and words and his sentences are short and choppy. For instance, in a story written about Gary Franklin, the author mentions the name "Gary" 38 times in 2 pages: "...Gary heard the first plane fly over. The plane overflew the crash site several times, convincing Gary the wreckage had been spotted. Shortly the plane left. Gary began doubting. Three hours dragged by before Gary heard a C-130 aircraft overhead. It was circling Gary. Gary knew then that they'd been found". "Gary" is mentioned 6 times in one short paragraph and the word "plane" is used thrice. Another example of poor writing and overuse of words: "During that moment, the mountainside loosed part of its snowpack. Clark and Otto were slammed across the snow by the same wall of snow that buried Fred. Snow covered Clark, who resigned himself to death. Just before losing consciousness he realized two of this fingers were above the snow!" I'd learned in high school writing class not to overuse the same word, rather substitute it for another word. And how about this horribly written sentence about a man named King Thurmond: "He stepped outside his cabin and a bear grabbed him, chewed on him, and disemboweled him. When the bear had finished with him, King knew there was no hope to save him, so he took his life." I am no author, but I find it hard to believe this man has many "Best Sellers". Again, the stories written by the actual survivors are well written and exciting, especially the account related to the reader by Cynthia Dusel-Bacon regarding an attack on her by a black bear.
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