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Extreme Survivors: 60 of the World's Most Extreme Survival Stories by [Grylls, Bear]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

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‘The ultimate boys book that girls will like too.’ Adventure Travel Magazine

‘the most unbelievable death-defying stories ever.’ Loaded

About the Author

Bear Grylls is an English adventurer, writer and television presenter. He is best known for his television series Man vs. Wild, known as Born Survivor in the United Kingdom. In July 2009, Grylls was appointed the youngest ever Chief Scout at the age of 35.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 44509 KB
  • Print Length: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GUQYGI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Karl on 24 May 2017
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Arrived on time. Good collection of incidents. A little light on detail for what I wanted but that doesn't detract from the quality of the book
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one of my favourite books.
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Book given as a present. The feedback from receipient was that it was a very interesting read.
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As befits a book published under a newspaper's banner, the Times' Extreme Survivors doesn't go into great detail about any of the 60 stories it tells, keeping each individual entry about the size of a two-page tabloid article with a few getting a bit more detail. It casts a fairly wide net, although the emphasis is on the 20th century and your chances of getting a mention are greatly improved if there's been a movie about it. Thus we get Dith Pran (The Killing Fields), Henri Charriere (Papillon), Captain Bligh (Mutiny on the Bounty), the Uruguayan rugby team (Alive) and climber Aron Ralson (127 Hours), while the definition is even extended to include the Great Escapers (even though most did not survive) and Alcatraz escapee Frank Morris, who was believed to have died in the attempt. Indeed, quite a few escape stories find their way in, from Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie - both more daring than ordeals - to the more obscure (to British readers at least) philosopher Hugo Grotius. Perhaps more curious is the inclusion of hijacker D.B. Cooper, whose decades long ability to elude the police hardly qualifies as a great feat of survival no matter how impressive a bit of evasion.

One problem with the two-four pages each story generally gets is that details get lost (there's not mention of the extraordinary public crusade led by schoolboy Hunter Scott that led to the posthumous vindication of the captain of the USS Indianapolis) , generalisations get made and myths perpetuated. Thus Ernest Shackleton never lost a single man - true enough of those who sailed in the Endurance, though those who went in the supply ship Aurora were not nearly so lucky, losing three men).
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By Su TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2011
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This book reminds me of the books people used to give as Christmas presents. They were things like 101 Hobbies for Young Ladies (things like making collage from family photos, and other boring things), or the Monster Book of Murder (one of my favourites), and other "monster" books.

This book has 60 stories of Survival (20), Prison Escapes (6), War Escapes (13), Shipwrecks (14) and Hostages (7). Each story is around 2 to 4 pages in length and includes photographs and maps (where applicable).

The stories stick to the known facts and have not been padded out by flowery prose so they can come across as a little cold, but it makes a nice change from the overly aggrandised versions of true stories where the truth matters less than the romanticised "adaptation" which barely resembles the facts in any way.

I found some of the stories so interesting that I have started doing further research on them.

One thing I don't understand is why they bothered with a foreword by Bear Grylls. It added nothing to the book but his name and was completely unnecessary

Other than that it's a great book with a lot of interesting stories to read, it will make a good present for anyone with an interest in short, but interesting, true-life historical stories. It is the sort of book that will get you thinking. The book has accompanied me to hospital and doctor's appointments and is a great way to pass the time.
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This book has to be seen to be believed. It is truly a beautiful, amazing, exceptional must have book. The quality both outside and in is astounding.
It is very easy to read, as none of the stories of human endurance are very long. It is a book that you can dip in and out of, however once you pick it up I guarante you will not want to put it down.
The stories are grouped in their own specific section - Survival, Prison, War, Shipwrecks and Hostages. At the start of each story is a short outline of the incident and a synopsis of the occasion. Each and every story includes maps and the most beautiful photographs.
It is history book and a geography book, as well as a fitting tribute (and in some instances an epitaph) to the brave and very courageous people who are the subjects of the stories. The events go from 1568 on up to 2010.
Even if history was not your favourite subject in the past (I hated it when I was young), you will not be bored by this book.
It really is the most amazing book, great for the coffee table and a lovely gift for any occasion. I can really say that you will not be disappointed with it at all.
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This is an excellent book, beautifully presented, concisely written and illustrated well with photos, sketches and maps. Each story's side bar is consistently formatted with the date of the survival incident, the situation, condition of confinement, means of escape, number of escapees, dangers and equipment. The sixty stories are told in a punchy "popular" style in plain language. This is a well written book, ideal to dip in and out of. A comprehensive index of names and places makes finding a particular well-known story easy to find. I would highly recommend this book for parents wanting to help their young teens gain interest in reading. The stories are real-life exciting adventure stories - just the sort of thing that would have gripped me in my younger years.

5 stars - highly recommended.
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