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In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2014 12:36:20 GMT
Dan Fante says:
It was the other way round actually. He believe that the South Pacific Islands may have originally been colonised by people who were the natives of South America. This was in part based on the linguistic similarity between the god 'Kon Tiki' (South American) and 'Tiki' (Maori / Polynesian 'first man'). To prove this was possible he sailed from Peru (with a raft built using materials only available to South American people in ancient times) and eventually arrived in Polynesia several months later.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 22:31:14 GMT
he proved that south sea islanders had the capability to cross the pacific ocean and reach the Americas.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 02:34:46 GMT
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lisa says:
book was updated recently to http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DHKVRO8

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2012 23:59:00 GMT
Brandon says:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008WU7YK4

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2012 23:55:19 GMT
Brandon says:
I just read a story about a cervical cancer survivor who triumphed after misdiagnosis after another. Inspiring story..I thought it was well written given the circumstances. Seems to be a first time publisher, but still a good read.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008WU7YK4

Posted on 23 Nov 2012 21:15:36 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2012 20:16:17 GMT
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Roger Weston says:
I agree with the first two books you chose. BTW, I noticed that the recently released Norwegien film based on Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki is in the run for an Oscar in 2013 for best foreign film. The trailers are stunning!

Posted on 23 Nov 2012 15:57:31 GMT
BookWeek says:
In my opinion, here are the best three to fit what you're looking for:

I agree - Shakleton's South: The Endurance Expedition: The "Endurance" Expedition (Penguin Classics)

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell

A Physician's Plight: A Memoir - Professional Success ... Personal Disaster

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2012 16:39:55 GMT
See "Birth of a Spitfire", a true story about how to overcome seemingly impossible odds!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2012 16:38:11 GMT
Try "Birth of a Spitfire", a true story about overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2012 22:24:53 GMT
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Posted on 19 Oct 2012 23:57:47 BDT
Joe says:
You could try "Cold Beers And Crocodiles" by Roff Smith . Its about an American journalist living in Sydney who gives up everything to circumnavigate Australia on a bicycle . It follows his adventures and the people he meets on the way . I have lost count of the number of times i have re-read this book . I would pack this if i had to live on a desert island for a year .

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2012 03:06:42 BDT
Ice Bound: One Woman's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole

Miracle In The Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home

Alive: The True Story of the Andes Survivors

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2012 04:48:28 BDT
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S. P. Botha says:
I've read both, and I certainly don't think Krakauer is an opportunistic slimeball. Krakauer told the story as he saw it from an amateur's perspective and told it well. Bourkreev's book is an important balance to that with his professional perspective. They are both fantastic books, well worth reading to fully appreciate the dangerous gap between the fair-weather guest climbers, and the hardened experts whose lives are all about climbing in the Death Zone. Both books give you a more rounded understanding of what unfolded on the slopes of Everest and I would recommend reading both, however, if you can only read one, I would choose - The Climb, by Bourkreev
(to explain this using an analogy, I used to skydive and in the early days I could barely remember each dive after I had done it, the experience was sensory overload, and it was all too much to cope with. Later, as I was more experienced, my head became clear and I could approach skydiving as a sport and I could remember and analyze each dive in great detail. This is how I see the difference between Krakauer and Bourkreev, they both experienced the unfolding tragedy on Everest but their understanding of what happened to their group was very different. Neither one was wrong, and neither perspective was less valid than the other, but I believe Bourkreev's book is a better final word!

Posted on 13 Oct 2012 04:17:50 BDT
S. P. Botha says:
I can recommend 1) Survival of the Fittest: The Anatomy of Peak Physical Performance, by Mike Stroud
2) Extreme Survival: A Doctor Explores the Limits of Human Endurance, by Kenneth Kamler
3) The Worst Desert on Earth - crossing the Taklamakan, by Charles Blackmore
4) Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why, by Laurence Gonzales
The first two are doctors that have participated in expeditions and studied human performance in extreme enviroments.

Posted on 7 Oct 2012 19:00:16 BDT
P. Charnock says:
Theres a book called "As far as my feet will carry me" Its about a german soldier who was arrested by the Russians and sent to a Siberian labour camp. He escapes and walks back to central Europe suffering terribly and having plenty of close shaves with death. An absolutely great read! After reading these posts going to give Kon Tiki a try. Can also agree with M Spence, recently read The long walk and found it an amazing read.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2012 14:40:34 BDT
Rick Terr says:
millennium mysterium magnum. man lost everything, then found even more than that....

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2012 21:01:58 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
Mr. Jones has been spamming this book across numerous threads, regardless of any relevance to the subjects being discussed. "Witty and cleverly written"; that's more than can be said for the posts!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2012 13:03:47 BDT
Well, fancy that - the author of the book has the same name as you! What a coincidence.

But there is more. There are 13 reviews on Amazon for this book. 12 of them are from first-time reviewers. The 13th is by.................Stephen Jones.

All 13 reviewers give the book a full 5 stars and glowing reviews.

Is this shameless self-publicity or one superb book?

all

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Posted on 2 Jun 2012 19:49:51 BDT
Jillipen says:
Try 'The diary of a single parent abroad' by Jill Pennington. A great story,

Posted on 28 May 2012 16:37:34 BDT
Endurance? tell me about it!
I can recommend the newly released Asylum Bound by Stuart Townsend. Asylum Bound.This is about my experience of entering a mental hospital as a student nurse in the 70s and describing the situations I found myself in. It is a memoir as well as a history. It was a scary time!
"My God, has it come to this?"
Meet Grace, white-haired, with dementia, being admitted to the daunting asylum with an un-welcome introduction from the student nurse. Then Percy, the crystal radio buff, with depression. Here is Harry, the Japanese ex-POW, who's bath-time is a re-living of battles fought and Walter, with the dodgy and less than faithful, girl-friend. What about Tom, who is getting secret signs from both the Newscaster on the BBC as well as the landlady of the local pub, or Betty who won't fit in the coffin, and needs a bit of encouragement?
But also meet Stuart, the very novice student nurse fearfully working on nights, standing there being strangled, not knowing what to do, or trying to come to grips on his first day on the ward with shaving a corpse.
Learn about what goes on in the long asylum corridor & how to survive the laws of the asylum jungle. Stuart has to rely on information from the unlikeliest of sources, the Social Club hard drinkers.
Asylum Bound is a wild weird walk through the experiences of a student nurse as he enters the unknown world of the mental "asylum" of the 1970s. It is a bizarre world, a world of terrible extremes.
Within this odd place there are Hogarthian characters of varying chaotic hues, some aggressive, some sad, some disturbed and some institutionalised, both patients and staff. It is in this strange world that Stuart begins to understand the origins of psychiatry and its terrible treatments, including lobotomies, E.C.T., insulin shock and even aversion therapy for underwear snatchers. He has to learn about schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, new and frightening conditions that had new and frightening treatments and outcomes.
But he finds an asylum coming to the end of any usefulness it ever once had. The patients are leaving, the staff are changing, and, thank God, the abuses are declining. It is a different world from anything he has experienced before. It is a very new world. It is a life-changing revelation.
For Stuart, what started as a novelty, progressed to fascination and was to end in tragedy.
It was the start of a long psychiatric nursing career.
It is, sadly, all true.

Posted on 16 Dec 2011 10:23:24 GMT
Hi, maybe you could try my memoir

One Little Speck: The Remarkable Story of One Woman's Journey from Rock Bottom to Recovery

5.0 out of 5 stars Brave and Honest, 20 Nov 2011
By A. Rose (Devon & Menorca) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE) (TOP 100 REVIEWER) (REAL NAME) This review is from: One Little Speck: The Remarkable Story of One Woman's Journey From Rock Bottom to Recovery (Paperback)
This is one hell of a story, more so because it is a true account of a very brave lady.

Gaynor's story starts with her birth in 1963 following her twin sister into the world. Little does that innocent baby know that she has been born to a dysfunctional, alcoholic and violent family. From a very early age Gaynor saw and heard things which no child should ever have to experience and these things scarred and stayed with her for the rest of her life. Some people manage to get on with life without too much baggage sticking to them and others are sensitive and mentally affected by all they have been subjected to. After repeatedly being told by her mother that she is thick, that was exactly what she thought she was and did badly at school. After seeing how alcohol devastated her parents' lives she hated the stuff with a vengeance but after one weak moment when she was a young teenager she became immediately hooked. The journey through her twenties and thirties was a haze of alcohol, escort agencies and one bad relationship after the other. She was taken advantage of by so many people and turned to drink time after time. Gaynor's upbringing gave her a huge inferiority complex which coupled with alcohol lasted for three or four decades of her life. A life wasted until she had the strength and belief that she could turn her back on drink, start a career and live a `normal' life.

Gaynor has written this book with passion, raw emotion and more truth than I would like to reveal about myself to give the reader a terrific roller coaster of a ride of life. Well worth reading.

Posted on 11 Dec 2011 22:40:35 GMT
Roger Weston says:
M. Duffy - I've been waiting for a response to my query. Did you read Tom Crean? It is a must read, too. I will check out Lost Men. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2011 19:55:40 GMT
M. Duffy says:
The Lost Men is a great story, an epic of endurance and suffering. Must read it.
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