Over the years, I’ve developed a deep fascination and love for stories of adventure and survival. My interest began almost 20 years ago with Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition, and has only increased. I find inspiration in stories of people who overcome and triumph when facing seemingly insurmountable odds. I also find valuable lessons that can be applied to the challenges we face in today’s rapidly changing business environment. Below are 20 recommendations for many hours of great reading. Enjoy!


ALIVE: The Story of the Andes SurvivorsPiers Paul Read, 1975



Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at SeaSteven Callahan, 1986



The Worst Journey In The WorldApsley Cherry-Garrard, 1989



The Last Place on EarthRoland Huntford, 1999



Failure Is Not An OptionGene Kranz, 2000



Mawson’s WillLennard Bickel, 1977



South: The Story of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 ExpeditionErnest Henry Shackleton, 2012 (new edition)