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Title:
Wild : stories of survival from the world's most dangerous places
Author:
Willis, Clint.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thunder's Mouth Press : Balliett & Fitzgerald Inc. : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
354 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"An Adrenaline book"--T.p. verso.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781560252191
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Wild brings together the best writing about men and women fighting for their lives in the wilderness, from Jon Krakauer's article on which he based his bestseller Into the Wild, to Carl R. Raswan's account of surviving raids, droughts, and sandstorms in the desert with the Bedouins, to Joe Kane's description of terrifying adventures on the Amazon. Other accounts include: Philipe Descola telling of life with an isolated tribe of headhunters; Bill Bryson describing his life-threatening but hilarious adventures along the Appalachian Trail; and Eric Newby finding himself lost in some of the world's most daunting terrain, the unmapped Hindu Kush.


Author Notes

Clint Willis is editor of the Adrenaline Books series, which includes Epic, High, and Rough Water. He lives in Cape Elizabeth, ME.


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Booklist Review

The readership for adventure books continues to grow with the popularity of extreme sports and the increase in assaults on Everest and other dangerous mountains; and editor Willis continues to locate and publish some of the most harrowing and fascinating stories of men and women pushing themselves to the limits of human endurance. In Ice, the exploits of the famous Robert Scott and Admiral Richard Byrd coexist with those of Edward Abbey, whose piece "The Last Pork Chop" starts out telling of a quest to view a grizzly bear in the wild but turns into a thoughtful rumination on the Alaskan landscape and its people. Barry Lopez's "Arctic Dreams" channels North Pole explorers such as Peary and Stefansson while the author waxes ethereally on the influence of modern technology's march on the frozen tundra. A diary of desperate, stranded soldiers titled "Six Came Back" is a frightening account of frostbite and death, and this is coupled with the stunning personal diaries of Robert Scott and three other accounts gleaned from further research on Scott's legacy. In Wild, both Abbey and Lopez make appearances again, alongside mountain guru Jon Krakauer and pieces from such classics as James Dickey's Deliverance and Jack London's "To Build a Fire." The segment from Krakauer's Into the Wild is harrowing, hilarious, and ultimately exhilarating as he follows the Alaskan exploits of adventurer Chris McCandless through the merciless tundra. Speaking of hilarious, it's hard to top Bill Bryson's chronicle of his Appalachian hike, excerpted from his best-seller A Walk in the Woods. Both anthologies are worthy additions to the adventure shelves. --Joe Collins


Library Journal Review

It is extraordinary when a piece of literature has a reader sitting on the edge of her seat, totally absorbed: Ice and Wild, new releases in the "Adrenaline" series, have just that sort of power. Following in the footsteps of the previous titles Epic, High, Rough Water, and The War, series editor Willis continues to capture readers' attention, allowing them to experience vicariously the threat of danger and the ultimate quest for survival through the eyes and emotions of each selected author. He draws from the works of contemporary writers such as Barry Lopez, Jon Krakauer, and Bill Bryson or from selections from historical figures such as Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton, and Richard Byrd. The reader is treated to candid accounts of the joys and dangers of exploration, expedition, and adventure travel. In Ice, readers are taken to the Antarctic to learn about one man's incredible quest for penguin eggs in -77 degree (Farenheit) temperatures; and to hear about how 20 men traveled south after being trapped in the ice for two winters 750 miles from the North Pole. In Wild, readers witness danger in the Amazon River and Alaskan regions, and in swamps, jungles, canyons, and deserts around the world. The 14 pieces in each book fill a specific niche for those who enjoy adventure travel. Broad in scope, these book offer exciting and riveting tales about incredible journeys. Both of these books would be excellent additions to any library travel section.--Jo-Anne Mary Benson, Osgoode, Ontario (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Redmond O'HanlonJoe KaneEdward AbbeyDavid RobertsBarry LopezJon KrakauerNorman MacleanSir Wilfred ThesigerH. M. TomlinsonBill BrysonJames DickeyJack LondonAlgernon BlackwoodEvelyn Waugh
Photographsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
from In Trouble Againp. 7
from Savagesp. 31
Down the Riverp. 59
from Deborah: A Wilderness Narrativep. 107
Pearylandp. 121
from Into the Wildp. 131
from Young Men and Firep. 159
from Arabian Sandsp. 191
from The Sea and the Junglep. 213
from A Walk in the Woodsp. 233
from Deliverancep. 253
To Build A Firep. 261
The Willowsp. 279
The Man Who Liked Dickensp. 331
Acknowledgmentsp. 350
Bibliographyp. 353
About the editorp. 354