31 Aug 2011

THE TIMES EXTREME SURVIVORS – 60 of the World's Most Extreme Survival Stories

The Times Extreme Survivors, published by Times Books on 1 September 2011, tells the tales of the human beings who have been pushed to the very limits of survival. A compilation of astonishing tales of human endurance and endeavour, these are the stories of the people who have overcome insurmountable odds.

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The Times Extreme Survivors includes sixty of the most daring escapes, famous shipwrecks, and ultimate survival stories. The statistics, descriptions, archive photographs and illustrative maps give the reader a full understanding of, amongst other stories, how Anthony Farrar-Hockley evaded capture after the Battle of Imjin River in the Korean War, and how Shackleton’s men survived the incredible journey by boat to South Georgia. Contemporary accounts also describe recent well-known stories, like the 2009 ‘Miracle on the Hudson’, when heroic pilot, Chesley Sullenberger, safely crash-landed his Airbus A320 into the Hudson river; the ‘Miracle of Stairway B’, where 16 people survived the 9/11 World Trade Centre collapse; and Joe Simpson’s crawl to safety in the South American Andean mountains.

British adventurer, writer and television presenter, Bear Grylls introduces the compendium, drawing on his own death-defying experiences, and his role as Chief Scout of the United Kingdom.

Survival Stories
The Miracle of Stairway B, and how 16 people managed to escape death in the Twin Towers on 9/11
The infamous story of the rugby union team from Montevideo’s plane crash in the Andes, and their subsequent admissions of cannibalism – 2012 is the 40th anniversary of the crash.

Prison Escapes
Mary Queen of Scots and her escape from a remote Scottish castle
Three men pull off what is possibly the only successful escape from Alcatraz
Henri Charri√®re’s (Papillon) five escape attempts from the Devil’s Island penal colony

Wartime Escapes
The story of Dith Pran, the Cambodian journalist who escaped the genocide of Pol Pot
How the German soldier Cornelius Rost escaped from a labour camp in Siberia and trekked for 3 years to Iran

Ernest Shackleton’s incredible journey to South Georgia to save every man on an expedition
The story of 18 year old William Shotton and how he navigated his ship after most of the crew perished from a mystery disease in 1893

Hostage Situations
Naheeda Bi’s ten years in captivity after her notorious tribal kidnapping in Pakistan
The dramatic rescue of √ćngrid Betancourt by Columbian security forces after six years as hostage 

Published on Thursday 1st September 2011
Hardback ¦ ISBN: 978-0-00-736845-7¦ RRP £20

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