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I would like to recommend, The Long Walk, by Polish author Slavomir Rawicz.   It is the true story of him and a small group of Polish prisoners and one American who escaped from a Soviet prison camp in Siberia and trekked south through Siberia, Mongolia, the Gobi desert, Tibet, the Himalayas, to freedom in India in 1941.

Read it in one weekend.  Couldn't put it down.


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Sounds inspirational and depressing at the same time.  Got any inciting quotes?  Seriously, I'm always looking for good nonfiction, but I want more than "I survived the worst conditions imaginable."  
Jerzy Kosinski was probably the last Polish author I read.  Painted Bird was haunting and amazing.
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'One of the epic treks of the human race.  Shackleton, Franklin, Amundsen...history is filled with people who have crosses immense distances and survived despite historic odds.  None of them, however, has achieved the historic feat Rawicz has recorded.  He and his companions crossed an entire continent---the Siberian Arctic, the Gobi desert, and then the Himalayas---with nothing but an ax, a knife, and a weeks worth of food...this account is so full of despair and suffering it is almost unreadable.  But it is must be read---and re-read'.

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Yeah, I have a whole shelf of epic survival books.  I love 'em.

Most inspiring commentary there is on the human will to survive, no matter how bad things seem to be.

Survival when lost at sea seem like the toughest to me.

You know they made a movie about the The Long Walk, don't you?  The Way Back


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I enjoyed The long Walk until he started talking about bigfoot.

You might like We Die Alone[U]  by David Hawarth, or [U]As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me by Josef Bauer.  I think both of these are talked about further down this thread.  I also think there is a thread about survival stories somewhere further down this place.


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I will take a look at those books.  I didn't know they made a movie out of it since I haven't watched movies in a long time.  Will have to check it out.

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I enjoyed The long Walk until he started talking about bigfoot.

You might like We Die Alone[U]  by David Hawarth, or [U]As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me by Josef Bauer.  I think both of these are talked about further down this thread.  I also think there is a thread about survival stories somewhere further down this place.

I also was fascinated by The Long Walk.  I counted the Yeti up to the sort of hallucinations you'd get after a trip like that.  There were certainly some unanswered questions about the story, but it's worth reading.


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I would like to recommend, The Long Walk, by Polish author Slavomir Rawicz.   It is the true story of him and a small group of Polish prisoners and one American who escaped from a Soviet prison camp in Siberia and trekked south through Siberia, Mongolia, the Gobi desert, Tibet, the Himalayas, to freedom in India in 1941.

Read it in one weekend.  Couldn't put it down.

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"The Long Walk" is an AMAZING tale of having been marched to a Siberian gulag in mid-winter, escape, foiling attempts to capture, travellng through strange lands with no maps...and not knowing the languages, and of superhuman trials and toil and suffering.

I've read my copy twice already, and am about to read it again.

Some of the encounters during their "Long Walk" defy logic, but see for yourself...if the book is still available.

I too recommend it highly.
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I've also read The Long Walk.  There is some doubt as to its accuracy/voracity.

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Unfortunately The Long Walk is a fabrication.

There are many things in the book that simply didn't happen, like the length of time they went without water and the Yeti they supposedly saw.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. There is no evidence backing up Rawicz's claim to having done this trek, and there is independent documentation proving that he didn't.


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Good story, but as others have pointed out, questionable in it's authenticity.

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Sorry to hear that a lot of the story was fabricated, but it is interesting in the documentation by the researchers that it is still likely that some European prisoners did make the trek to India, just not the guy who wrote the story.

Maybe if they keep digging they can find the identity of the real trekkers.


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Wow. I read this book many years ago, and don't remember the yeti part -but remember being skeptical of the blood drinking in the desert. I recently read the book by Joseph Bauer and must say it is quite a bit more realistic/less dramatic in its presentation.

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Maybe if they keep digging they can find the identity of the real trekkers.

That is if it actually happened.

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Maybe if they keep digging they can find the identity of the real trekkers.

That is if it actually happened.

Not like he wrote it, but it looked even from the article linked above that there were people who did some astonishing walks out of Russia.

Well,  I think most of us knew there were no Yetis.


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