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10 Best Survival Books

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All Secure

by Tom Satterly, Steve Jackson

4.8 (851 reviews)

What is All Secure about?

In this gripping memoir, a former special operations soldier recounts his harrowing experiences on the battlefield and the challenges he faced upon returning home. Tom Satterly takes readers on a journey through the intense world of combat, sharing the adrenaline-fueled missions and the toll they took on his mental and emotional well-being. With raw honesty, he sheds light on the struggles of transitioning to civilian life and the importance of finding support and healing in the face of trauma.

Who should read All Secure

  • Military personnel seeking insights into the challenges of special operations.

  • Families of soldiers looking for understanding and support.

  • Readers interested in gripping firsthand accounts of war experiences.


The Gift of Fear

by Gavin de Becker

4.7 (9357 reviews)

What is The Gift of Fear about?

"The Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker is a compelling and insightful book that explores the instinctual signals of fear and how they can protect us from violence. Drawing from his extensive experience as a security expert, de Becker provides practical advice on how to recognize and trust these survival signals, empowering readers to enhance their personal safety and make informed decisions in potentially dangerous situations. This eye-opening book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the power of intuition and self-preservation.

Who should read The Gift of Fear

  • Individuals seeking to enhance their personal safety and self-defense skills.

  • Parents and caregivers interested in understanding and preventing violence against children.

  • Professionals in law enforcement and security looking to improve threat assessment abilities.


Between Two Kingdoms

by Suleika Jaouad

4.7 (8949 reviews)

What is Between Two Kingdoms about?

In this poignant memoir, the author shares her transformative journey through illness and recovery. Suleika Jaouad's life takes an unexpected turn when she is diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 22. Through grueling treatments and the uncertainty of survival, she discovers the power of resilience and the importance of embracing life's precious moments. With raw honesty and profound insights, Jaouad's story serves as a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the pursuit of a meaningful existence.

Who should read Between Two Kingdoms

  • Cancer survivors seeking inspiration and guidance on life after illness.

  • Individuals facing their own mortality and seeking a new perspective.

  • Anyone interested in a powerful memoir about resilience and self-discovery.


Etched in Sand

by Regina Calcaterra

4.7 (5129 reviews)

What is Etched in Sand about?

In this gripping memoir, Regina Calcaterra recounts her harrowing childhood growing up on Long Island with her four siblings. Enduring neglect, abuse, and homelessness, the siblings rely on their unbreakable bond to survive. Calcaterra's powerful narrative sheds light on the resilience of the human spirit and the strength of familial love, ultimately inspiring readers with a story of triumph over unimaginable adversity.

Who should read Etched in Sand

  • Social workers and child welfare professionals seeking insight into the challenges faced by abused children.

  • Individuals interested in memoirs about resilience and overcoming adversity.

  • Readers looking to understand the impact of childhood trauma and the power of resilience.


Mud, Sweat, and Tears

by Bear Grylls

4.7 (3589 reviews)

What is Mud, Sweat, and Tears about?

In this gripping autobiography, a renowned adventurer shares his extraordinary journey from a young boy with a passion for the outdoors to becoming one of the world's most celebrated survival experts. With raw honesty, Bear Grylls recounts his thrilling experiences, including his time in the British Special Forces, his death-defying expeditions, and the lessons he learned along the way. Filled with adrenaline-pumping tales and inspiring insights, this book is a testament to the indomitable spirit of a true adventurer.

Who should read Mud, Sweat, and Tears

  • Outdoor enthusiasts seeking inspiration and survival tips from Bear Grylls.

  • Fans of adventure and extreme challenges looking for gripping memoirs.

  • Individuals interested in personal growth and overcoming adversity.


I Am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb

4.6 (13261 reviews)

What is I Am Malala about?

This powerful memoir tells the inspiring story of a young girl who defied the Taliban in her fight for education. Set in Pakistan, the book follows Malala Yousafzai's journey from a peaceful childhood to becoming an advocate for girls' education. Despite facing threats and violence, Malala's unwavering determination led to a tragic attack that only strengthened her resolve. This gripping account sheds light on the importance of education and the resilience of the human spirit.

Who should read I Am Malala

  • Students and young adults interested in the fight for education.

  • Activists and advocates for women's rights and education.

  • Individuals seeking inspiration from stories of courage and resilience.


Walk in My Combat Boots

by James Patterson, Matt Eversmann, and Chris Mooney

4.6 (5948 reviews)

What is Walk in My Combat Boots about?

"Walk in My Combat Boots" is a gripping collection of true stories that offers a raw and intimate glimpse into the lives of American soldiers. Written by James Patterson, Matt Eversmann, and Chris Mooney, this book takes readers on a powerful journey through the experiences of those who have served in the military, sharing their triumphs, struggles, and sacrifices on the battlefield and beyond. It is a poignant tribute to the bravery and resilience of our armed forces.

Who should read Walk in My Combat Boots

  • Military veterans seeking to understand the experiences of fellow soldiers.

  • History enthusiasts interested in firsthand accounts of combat missions.

  • Individuals looking to gain insight into the realities of war.


Call of the Wild

by Jack London

4.6 (788 reviews)

What is Call of the Wild about?

In this gripping adventure novel, a domesticated dog named Buck is abruptly uprooted from his comfortable life in California and thrust into the harsh and unforgiving world of the Klondike Gold Rush. As Buck navigates the treacherous landscapes of the Yukon, he must tap into his primal instincts to survive. Jack London's timeless tale explores the innate wildness within us all and the transformative power of the untamed wilderness.

Who should read Call of the Wild

  • Adventure enthusiasts seeking a thrilling tale of survival and resilience.

  • Nature lovers interested in exploring the untamed wilderness through vivid storytelling.

  • Animal lovers looking for a heartwarming and inspiring canine journey.


If You Tell

by Gregg Olsen

4.3 (76860 reviews)

What is If You Tell about?

"If You Tell" is a gripping true crime book that delves into the horrifying story of a family plagued by abuse, murder, and the power of secrets. Gregg Olsen masterfully unravels the tale of three sisters who endured unimaginable torment at the hands of their own mother and stepfather. This chilling account explores the unbreakable bond between siblings as they finally find the courage to confront their past and seek justice for the crimes committed against them.

Who should read If You Tell

  • True crime enthusiasts seeking a gripping tale of murder and family secrets.

  • Fans of suspenseful non-fiction books exploring the complexities of sisterhood.

  • Those interested in the psychological dynamics of dysfunctional families.


In Order to Live

by Yeonmi Park, Maryanne Vollers

What is In Order to Live about?

"In Order to Live" is a gripping memoir that follows the harrowing journey of a young North Korean girl, as she escapes the oppressive regime and embarks on a quest for freedom. Yeonmi Park's powerful narrative exposes the brutal realities of life under dictatorship, detailing her escape across the treacherous Gobi Desert and the challenges she faces as a refugee. This inspiring tale of resilience and hope sheds light on the human spirit's unwavering determination to seek a better life.

Who should read In Order to Live

  • Individuals interested in personal stories of resilience and survival.

  • Those seeking a deeper understanding of North Korean society and its challenges.

  • Readers looking for inspiring tales of courage and triumph over adversity.