by Adventure Travelperson
My recent article 5 Great Adventure Books elicited some others: "In the Land of White Death, An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic" (which sounds up my alley), "The Brendan Voyage," a great sea tale, and the absolutely great "Into Thin Air."
One quick addition: "Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes."
Trustworthy (it's a Yale University Press book, and Yale still has standards, I believe), encyclopedic (Nick Clinch, perhaps America's premier mountain bibliophile, says, "This will be the definitive history of mountaineering in the Himalaya, clear, free of jargon, readable...and so thorough..."), in short, it's a grand armchair adventure. "Fallen Giants" tells the story of all those Himalayan expeditions--the inside story, based on rigorous curiosity and scholarship-- whose stiff-upper lip official expedition histories many of us devoured. This book is mandatory for anyone interested in Himalayan climbing.
These are just a few books that have inspired our readers to grand adventures. Have we missed any? Let us know!