Fifteen gripping tales of determination, strength of mind, perseverance, and fortitude.
Although survival is often taken for granted - something every human strives to achieve on a daily basis - it is just this everyday imperative that makes for the most exciting stories. When something goes wrong, when survival is threatened, often by something as simple and sudden as a boat overturning or a traveler losing his way, this is when the necessity of survival is no longer just another daily chore. This is when something as intrinsic as breathing or swallowing becomes the most essential need and the most sought-after desire.
Great American Survival Stories includes contributions from Jack London, Theodore Roosevelt, John Wesley Powell, Owen Chase, John Muir, Osborne Russell, Stephen Crane, Francis Parkman, Henry David Thoreau, Richard Henry Dana Jr., and others.
Lamar Underwood is the former editor-in-chief of Sports Afield and Outdoor Life magazines. He is author of the novel, On Dangerous Ground, Doubleday, 1989, and is editor of several anthologies for Lyons Press. These include, Greatest Fishing Stories Ever Told, Greatest Hunting Stories Ever Told, Into the Backing, Greatest Adventure Stories Ever Told, and several others.