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Best True Adventure Books You Must Read

Looking for the best True Adventure books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. Flight of Gold: Two Pilots’ True Adventure Discovering Alaska’s Legendary Gold Wreck (2013)

Best True Adventure Books You Must ReadOn March 12, 1948, Northwest Airlines Flight 4422, a DC-4 with a crew of six, carrying twenty-four Merchant Marines from Shanghai to New York, crashed high up on Alaska’s Mt. Sanford. Air reconnaissance flights spotted the charred remains of the plane, but the site was too remote for recovery teams. Rumors that the plane had been transporting gold and diamonds immediately erupted and enticed treasure hunters to the mountain, but life-threatening conditions kept them from reaching what became known as “Alaska’s Legendary Gold Wreck.” Flight of Gold is the first-person account of…
Author(s): Kevin McGregor

2. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg (Scholastic Gold) (2011)

Best True Adventure Books You Must ReadThe Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!In this emotive Newbery Honor-winning page-turner, twelve-year-old orphan Homer runs away from Pine Swamp, Maine, to find his older brother, Harold, who has been sold into the Union Army. With laugh-aloud humor, Homer outwits and outruns a colorful assortment of civil War-era thieves, scallywags, and spies as he makes his way south, following clues that finally lead him to the Battle of Gettysburg and the dramatic story…
Author(s): Rodman Philbrick

3. Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident (Historical Nonfiction Bestseller, True Story Book of Survival) (2014)

Best True Adventure Books You Must ReadThe mystery of Dead Mountain: In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the mountain climbing incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over the true stories and what really happened.As gripping and bizarre as Hunt for the Skin Walker: This New York Times bestseller, Dead…
Author(s): Donnie Eichar

4. Finding the First T. Rex (Totally True Adventures): How a Giant Meat-Eater was Dug Up… (2008)

Best True Adventure Books You Must ReadIN 1902, WILLIAM HORNADAY handed a map to the famous paleontologist Barnum Brown. It was Hornaday’s hand-drawn directions to a remote area of the Montana Badlands, where he believed amazing dinosaur fossils lay buried. Following the map, Brown dug up a jawbone edged with six-inch long teeth, the remains of a monstrous creature no one had ever seen before. But one bone wasn’t enough, and Brown soon found himself in a desperate race to discover the skeleton of the mystery carnivore!…
Author(s): Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, Jim Nelson

5. Shipwrecked!: The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy (2003)

Best True Adventure Books You Must ReadThis was the law in Japan in the early 1800s. When fourteen-year-old Manjiro, working on a fishing boat to help support his family, was shipwrecked three hundred miles away from his homeland, he was heartbroken to think that he would never again be able to go home. So when an American whaling boat rescued him, Manjiro decided to do what no other Japanese person had ever done: He went to America, where he received an education and took part in events that eventually made him a hero in the Land of the Rising Sun….
Author(s): Rhoda Blumberg

6. The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones (2014)

Best True Adventure Books You Must ReadStanley Booth, a member of the Rolling Stones’ inner circle, met the band just a few months before Brian Jones drowned in a swimming pool in 1968. He lived with them throughout their 1969 tour across the United States, staying up all night together listening to blues, talking about music, ingesting drugs, and consorting with groupies. His thrilling account culminates with their final concert at Altamont Speedway—a nightmare of beating, stabbing, and killing that would signal the end of a generation’s dreams of peace and freedom. But while this book renders in fine detail the entire history of the…
Author(s): Stanley Booth, Greil Marcus

7. The Sea Hunters: True Adventures with Famous Shipwrecks (2003)

Best True Adventure Books You Must ReadFROM THE CREATOR OF DIRK PITT® — THE WORLD’S #1 ACTION HERO…REAL STORIES. REAL EXCITEMENT. REAL ADVENTURE. A steamboat goes up in flames…and down to the bottom of the sea. A locomotive plunges into a creek…and vanishes into mystery. A German U-boat sends an American troop transport, and eight hundred on board, to a watery grave…on Christmas Eve. Clive Cussler and his crack team of NUMA (National Underwater Marine Agency, a nonprofit organization that searches for historic shipwrecks) volunteers have found the remains of these and…
Author(s): Clive Cussler

8. Torn Trousers: A True Story of Courage and Adventure: How A Couple Sacrificed Everything To Escape to Paradise (2015)

Best True Adventure Books You Must ReadWhat could possibly go wrong in paradise? Tired of mortgage and car payments, thirty-something Andrew and Gwynn sold nearly everything they owned but their Siamese cat and escaped their humdrum nine-to-five existence for life in paradise—a tiny island accessible only by boat or air in one of the remotest spots on Earth: the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Woefully inexperienced, they took control of a luxury game lodge where the rich and famous went to sip G&Ts with lions and elephants. Trouble soon followed. Their lives were threatened daily by snakes,…
Author(s): Andrew St Pierre, Gwynn White

9. An Adventure: A true story about time travel (2016)

Best True Adventure Books You Must ReadOn 10th August 1901, two English women walked into the past. This is a documented true story that was extensively researched by the women who experienced this timeslip. During a visit to the Palace of Versailles, on the anniversary of the French Revolution, two ordinary women saw the French Queen, Marie Antoinette, sitting in the gardens in front of them, along with nobles, gardeners, houses, bridges and stones that when they went back, were no longer there. Backed up by a decade of research, the two women decided to publish their extraordinary adventure in 1910. Their timeslip experience has become known as the Ghosts of the Petit Trianon….
Author(s): Eleanor Jourdain, Charlotte Moberly, et al.

10. Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse (Totally True Adventures): How the Red Sox Curse Became a Legend . . . (2009)

Best True Adventure Books You Must ReadBefore 1918, the Boston Red Sox were unstoppable. They won World Series after World Series, thanks in part to their charismatic pitcher-slugger Babe Ruth. But some people on the Red Sox felt the Babe was more trouble than he was worth, and he was traded away to one of the worst teams in baseball, the New York Yankees. From then on, the Yankees became a golden team. And the Red Sox? For over 80 years, they just couldn’t win another World Series. Then, in 2004, along came a scruffy, scrappy Red Sox team. Could they break Babe Ruth’s curse and win it all?…
Author(s): David A. Kelly, Tim Jessell

11. The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure (2019)

Best True Adventure Books You Must ReadA 2019 EDGAR AWARDS NOMINEE (BEST FACT CRIME) • A BANFF MOUNTAIN BOOK AWARDS FINALISTTwo modern adventurers sought a treasure possessed by the legendary “Wild Men of Borneo.” One found riches. The other vanished forever into an endless jungle. Had he shed civilization—or lost his mind? Global headlines suspected murder. Lured by these mysteries, New York Times bestselling author Carl Hoffman journeyed to find the truth, discovering that nothing is as it seems in the world’s last Eden, where the lines between sinner…
Author(s): Carl Hoffman

12. Apollo 13 (Totally True Adventures): How Three Brave Astronauts Survived A Space Disaster (2015)

Best True Adventure Books You Must ReadAstronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise blasted off for the Moon on April 11, 1970. But after a disastrous explosion damaged their spacecraft, the three men had only one goal: to get back home safely. This informational text makes space travel exciting and accessible for younger readers and features illustrations, photographs, a map, and additional Story Behind the Story facts.   Perfect for readers of the I Survived series and the Who Was series, Totally True Adventures are captivating nonfiction stories with not-to-be-missed bonus content….
Author(s): Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, Wesley Lowe

13. Fanny: Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones (2003)

Best True Adventure Books You Must Read“A rollicking tale…a tour de force.”―Newsweek Discovered on the doorstep of a country estate in Wiltshire, England, the infant Fanny is raised to womanhood by her adoptive parents, Lord and Lady Bellars. Fanny wants to become the epic poet of the age, but her plans are dashed when she is ravished by her libertine stepfather. Fleeing to London, Fanny falls in with idealistic witches and highwaymen who teach her of worlds she never knew existed. After toiling in a London brothel that caters to literati, Fanny embarks on a series of adventures that teach her what she must…
Author(s): Erica Jong

14. Climbing Everest (Totally True Adventures): How Two Friends Reached Earth’s Highest Peak (2015)

Best True Adventure Books You Must ReadThe peak of Mount Everest is the highest place on Earth—and one of the deadliest. Terrible storms stop climbers in their tracks! Avalanches tumble down! Brave adventurers disappear on the snowy slopes. Then Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay decide to climb. They come from different cultures, but their dream is the same. Can teamwork help them make it to the roof of the world?   This nonfiction chapter book makes history exciting and accessible for younger readers and features illustrations, photographs, a map, Common Core connections, and additional Story Behind the Story facts.   Perfect for readers of…
Author(s): Gail Herman, Michele Amatrula

Best True Adventure Books You Must Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some true adventure books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The food explorer: the true adventures of the globe-trotting botanist who transformed what America eats

Author(s): Daniel Stone
Publisher: Dutton, Year: 2018, Size: 6 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2218719

Monsters of the Midwest: True Tales of Bigfoot, Werewolves & Other Legendary Creatures

Author(s): Jessica Freeburg; Natalie Fowler
Publisher: Adventure Publications, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2369250

Sea Fever: The True Adventures that Inspired our Greatest Maritime Authors, from Conrad to Masefield, Melville and Hemingway

Author(s): Sam Jefferson
Publisher: Adlard Coles, Year: 2015, Size: 10 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1350457

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer

Author(s): Sydney Padua
Publisher: Pantheon Graphic Novels, Year: 2015, Size: 105 Mb, Download: azw3
ID: 1538153

Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure

Author(s): Christopher S. Stewart
Publisher: Harper, Year: 2013, Size: 6 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 879870

Smokescreen: A True Adventure

Author(s): Long, Allen; Sabbag, Robert; Long, Allen
Publisher: Argo-Navis, Year: 2013, Size: 432 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2086863

The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure

Author(s): Martin W. Sandler
Publisher: Candlewick, Year: 2012, Size: 5 Mb, Download: mobi
ID: 1113979

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really hot items according to Washington Post, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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