Real-Life Survival Adventures

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If you’ve been a prepper for very long, no doubt your bookshelf is full of non-fiction survival manuals and recent prepper fiction. All that is well and good, and I do hope my own family survival manual and evacuation book is among your collection, but there are many important lessons to be found in an entirely different genre: non-fiction survival adventures.

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These books tell real-life survival narratives that are rich in detail. They grab your attention and hold it while teaching lessons about nature, historical events, and, yes, survival. Some of my favorites are listed below, all linked to their Amazon pages where you can read summaries and reviews. Do you have any similar books to add?



The Indifferent Stars …
Daniel James Brown




Lost in Shangri-La
Mitchell Zuckoff
Best Price: $1.35
Buy New $3.93




The River of Doubt: Th…
Candice Millard
Best Price: $1.99
Buy New $7.50




A Crack in the Edge of…
Simon Winchester




Skeletons on the Zahar…
Dean King




In the Kingdom of Ice:…
Hampton Sides




The Brendan Voyage
Tim Severin




Isaac’s Storm: A Man, …
Erik Larson




The Year Without Summe…
William K. Klingaman, …




Dead Wake: The Last Cr…
Erik Larson




Unbroken: A World War …
Laura Hillenbrand




The Worst Hard Time: T…
Timothy Egan




Sudden Sea: The Great …
R.A. Scotti




Endurance: Shackleton’…
Alfred Lansing




Island of the Lost: Sh…
Joan Druett
Best Price: $10.65
Buy New $18.34

Reprinted from The Survival Mom.

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