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5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly presented collection of survival stories, 27 Aug. 2011
This review is from: The Times Extreme Survivors (Times Books) (Hardcover)
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Extreme Survivors is a beautifully presented coffee table book. There are 60 survival stories in the book, each covering 2 - 4 sides each. Each follows the same layout and format with the story title, a brief synopsis of the survival story and a column of key information about each story on the first page (Date, Situation, Condition of Confinement, Duration of Confinement, Means of Escape, No of Escapees, Dangers and Equipment). There is then the text about the story and a variety of photographs, digrams and maps depending on the specifics of the story.

The sixty stories are categorised (Survival, Prison, War, Shipwrecks and Hostages) and there is a real spread of different events covered from different points in time, going back as far as 1598 (Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots escapes from her castle prison) up to 2010 (the escape of the trapped Chilean miners). Well known and notable stories include the ditching of the plane in the Hudson River in New York, The Great Escape, Aron Ralston's escape from his entrapment by a boulder by cutting his own hand off and the Andes plane crash where survivors turned to eating the dead to survive for 72 days. There are other less well known stories, all of which are interesting and amazing, certainly extreme tales of survival!

As each story is short they can only be an introduction to each feat of survival and some of the stories are featured in their own books. There is a bibliography in the latter pages of the book so you can find out more if you want.

I would highly recommend this excellent book.
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