Adventure and Disaster

Meeting September 2  @ 10:15 am in the Community Room

The benchmark is one of the following 4 titles:

Turn right at Machu Picchu : rediscovering the lost city one step at a time by Mark Adams
Traces the author’s recreation of Hiram Bingham III’s discovery of an ancient Andes Mountains cloud city, describing the author’s struggles with rudimentary survival tools and his experiences at the sides of local guides.


The Bounty : the true story of the mutiny on the Bounty by Caroline Alexander
An account of the actual events surrounding the legendary conflict aboard the HMS Bounty focuses on the court-martial of its ten mutineers, citing the breakdown and exile of Master’s Mate Fletcher Christian and Lieutenant Bligh’s navigation talents. 250,000 first printing. First serial, The New Yorker.


Crazy for the storm : a memoir of survival by Norman Ollestad
A personal account set against a backdrop of southern California’s surf culture in the late 1970s describes the author’s struggles with constant fear in the face of his father’s thrill-seeking personality, his forced participation in dangerous ski and surf sports, and his efforts to survive a plane crash that killed his father and stranded him in the Gabriel Mountains.


Lost in Shangri-la : a true story of survival, adventure, and the most incredible rescue mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
In 1945, a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La” turned deadly when the plane crashed, leaving only three survivors who, battling for their survival, were caught between man-eating headhunters and the enemy Japanese, in this real-life adventure drawn from personal interviews, declassified Army documents and personal photos and mementos.


Please comment on this post with your second title choice to avoid duplication. Some resources for finding a second title:


9 Responses to Adventure and Disaster

  1. Ben says:

    I’ll be reading Marco Polo : from Venice to Xanadu by Laurence Bergreen.

  2. Lilly says:

    I’ll be reading The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

  3. Molly says:

    I’m planning on listening to Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

  4. Paula says:

    I’m reading, Whatever you do, don’t run by Peter Allison.

  5. Lynn says:

    I’ll be reading “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer.

  6. Sara says:

    I am reading Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, by Stephen Puleo.

  7. Faith says:

    I’m reading _My Journey to Lhasa_ by Alexandra David-Neel.

  8. Julie says:

    I am listening to C. C. Pyle’s Amazing Foot Race
    The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America
    by Geoff Williams

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