Recommended Reading- Books to Survive and Thrive
I generally read 2 books a month. I owe thanks to my Mother for this valuable interest. She always had her nose in a book, and I imagine I started reading to emulate that observation. Thanks Mom!
Not surprisingly, I read anything related to mountain climbing, but with a focus on tragedy in the mountains, and the fundamental human characteristics of survival. In my opinion, you can take these vignettes of information and translate them into personal and professional success. I believe that if a person takes the will s/he has to survive, and applies that unstoppable refusal to take the eternal rest in pursuit of a goal, the potential for success is simply unstoppable.
In addition to mountain climbing books contending with disasters, I read a broad spectrum of books about overcoming adversity. These include surviving all manner of tragedies, and broadly speaking overcoming the greatest challenges in life. I maintain great admiration for world leaders and successful business persons who have achieved great success, despite their humble origins. Jack Ma, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, to name a few, overcame so many obstacles and left an indelible mark in the world. Also included would be Theodore Roosevelt, who, though an aristocrat, was born with physical limitations, and chose to confront his challenges with even greater, almost insurmountable challenges, in response to adversity.
I have traveled to many impoverished nations, and am fortunate to call as my friends people from every walk of life. What has proven true to me, time and again, is the spirit of determination inherent in human nature, at least for those who chose to pursue to improve themselves. Simply by chance, I was born in a country with limitless opportunities. I know from experience that people all over the world, if given the simple chance to thrive in a free society, would succeed to the greatest degree.
So, below follows a list of books I recommend, and for my own benefit, I will return to this and update it. If you want, feel free to comment with your own suggestions, as I am always thirsting for greater knowledge.
The Right Stuff- Tom Wolfe
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage- Alfred Lansing
The Worst Hard Time- Timothy Egan; Lone Survivor- Marcus Luttrell
Miracle in the Andes- Nando Parrado
Undaunted Courage- Stephen Ambrose
Adrift- Steven Callahan
Deep Survival- Laurence Gonzales
Touching the Void- Joe Simpson
Long Walk to Freedom- Nelson Mandela
Unbroken- Laura Hillenbrand
In the Heart of the Sea- Nathaniel Philbrick
Denali’s Howl- Andy Hall
The River of Doubt- Candice Millard
Annapurna- Maurice Herzog
Wild- Cheryl Strayed
Can’t Hurt Me- David Goggins
D-Day- Stephen Ambrose
Into Thin Air- John Kraukauer