Ten Greatest Adventure Books Of All Time

Author: Sherry Helms

Whatever your own adventure dream, there are some stories we all can relate to. In a wide spectrum of realistic adventure topics, listed here, in no particular order, are the best of the several adventure novels for seasoned travelers and adventure enthusiasts, that no one should go a lifetime without reading. Though these are a few of all the great adventure novels, so please take help of the comments section to share what other true life stories of adventure our readers would like to recommend that they feel will fit in this category.

1. Minus 148 Degrees- The First Winter Ascent of Mount McKinley

This is a classic mountaineering tale on McKinley climbs that shows the dramatic near-death experiences of three summiteers, which have to spend forty-two days in the harshest of conditions on the highest and coldest mountain in North America. Those who love adventure will surely enjoy this book. It is made all the exciting things by the author’s new afterword, which gives a retrospective of what happened to all those who took part in the first winter ascent of Mt. McKinley.



2. Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

“Arabian Sands” is Wilfred Thesiger’s story of his exploration through the parched deserts of Arabia, traveling among peoples who had never seen a European and considered it their duty to kill Christian infidels. His book is the classic of desert exploration that offers invaluable information to understand the modern Middle East. Written with great respect for these people, this is a book of touches, little things-why the Bedouin will never predict the weather and how they know when the rabbit is in its hole and can be caught.



3. The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin

The Voyage of the Beagle refers to the second survey expedition of the ship HMS Beagle, which set sail from Plymouth Sound in 1831 under the command of Captain Robert FitzRoy. Not only would the journey last five years and take the biologist- Charles Darwin to the farthest reaches of the globe, it would also inspire his incredible observation and theory of evolution by natural selection. The Voyage of the Beagle details and catalogues Darwin’s notable theories and gives the reader the unique opportunity to observe the natural world unfold through his eyes.



4. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

The Right Stuff is a 1979 book by Tom Wolfe, which he began to wrote at a time when it was unfashionable to mull over American heroism. He was inspired to write this book by the desire to know why the astronauts accepted the danger of space flight. Based on extensive research by Wolfe, this story is about the pilots engaged in U.S. post war experiments with high-speed aircraft as well as documenting the stories of the first project Mercury astronauts chosen for the NASA space program.



5. The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

The Perfect Storm is a real life thriller written by Sebastian Junger leaves us with the taste of salt on our tongues and a terror of the deep. Published in 1997, this book is about the storm that hit North America in October 1991. Working from published material, radio dialogues, eyewitness accounts, and the experiences of people who have survived similar events, Junger attempts to reconstruct the last moments of the Andrea Gail as well as the perilous high-seas rescues of other victims of the storm.



6. Grizzly Years by Doug Peacock

Alone and unarmed, American naturalist, outdoorsman and author Doug Peacock traverse the rugged mountains of Montana and Wyoming tracking the magnificent and the endangered grizzly bears. Breathtaking memoir of his experiences, Grizzly Years, takes us into the wilderness of the western United States, where we can keep a close-up look at the lives, hunting strategies, habitat, mating patterns, social hierarchy, denning habits, and relationship with humankind of grizzly bears.



7. Journey Without Maps by Graham Greene

Journey Without Maps (1936) is a spellbinding record of Graham Greene’s journey through the interior of Liberia, a remote and strange republic founded for released slaves. Crossing the red-clay terrain from Sierra Leone to the coast of Grand Bassa with a chain of porters, his mind crowded with one of the few areas of Africa untouched by colonization. Western civilization had not yet impinged on either the human psyche or the social structure, and neither poverty, disease, nor hunger seemed able to suppress the native spirit.



8. Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins

In this outstanding book, Michael Collins expresses, in a very personal way, the drama, beauty, and humor of that adventure. He also traces his progress from his first flight experiences in the air force, through his days as a test pilot, to his Apollo 11 space walk, presenting an evocative picture of the joys of flight as well as a new perspective on time, light, and movement from someone who has seen the fragile Earth from the other side of the moon.



9. K2, The Savage Mountain

The Classic True Story of Disaster and Survival on the World’s Second-Highest Mountain. This is a gripping story recounts the myriad of detail which went into the formulation of 1953 American expedition to the world’s second highest mountain peak in the world. Whether you are a climbing enthusiast or a nostalgia buff, this is a gem of a book that provides everything one may have ever wanted to know about what goes into mounting an expedition. This book offers a series of appendixes, which lists in minute detail a day-to-day travel chronology of the expedition, a list of all essential equipments, the medical supplies needed for the venture, the breakdown of the various foods taken, and a list of financial expenses and transport requirements.


10. Running the Amazon by Joe Kane

Began in the lunar terrain of the Peruvian Andes, Joe Kane’s first expedition to travel the entirety of the world’s longest river is a riveting adventure in the tradition of Joseph Conrad, filled with death-defying encounters: with narco-traffickers and Sendero Luminoso guerrillas and nature at its most unforgiving. Not least of all, Running the Amazon shows a polyglot group of urbanized travelers confronting their wilder selves — their fear and egotism, selflessness and courage.


These books are just a drop in the bucket, there are available a plethora of Adventure novels at our store. Click here to get through our extensive selection of both old and new Adventure Books. Plus: support us update this list by nominating your favorite adventure book/s in the comment section below.

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