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Survival stories - quite entertaining,
This review is from: The Times Extreme Survivors (Times Books) (Hardcover)
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The Times Extreme Survivors: 60 of the World's Most Extreme Survival Stories: 60 Stories of Human Endurance (Times Books) The book is certainly well published, appropriate photos and diagrams illustrate the escapes, some modern others in history. For reasons of clarity there are five chapters, survival stories, prison escape, wartime escapes, shipwrecks and hostages. I found the survival stories the most interesting, including the stomach churning description of the trapped climber who had to break his own arm and cut his trapped hand off. Gulp!
In the wartime escapes section I was pleased that the editor chose to include german as well as allied escapes, including the usual suspects of the Great Escape, the sections are clear, concise and descriptive.
Overall this is a well put together book, the illustrations help to illustrate the text.
There are quibbles (there always are) and this quibble is a personal one, the book is too heavy to read in bed and the glossy pages are a tad shiny to read under certain conditions. But don't let that stop you buying this book, I liked it. Although I do think that it could have stood on its own merits without the Bear Grylls foreword but I suppose the publishers were going for a celebrity to increase sales.