6 Must-Read Books Based On True Events
It's said that truth is stranger than fiction. These six amazing books based on true events will awe and inspire.
Good books have the power to entertain, inspire, and stay with you long after you close the cover. Finding out the story is true can elevate its place in your mind and heart to a whole new level. Plus, reading is a good way to keep your mind active and creative. These amazing stories based on true events will leave you wanting more.
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
By Alfred Lansing
The true story of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, his crew, and the fight for survival against unbelievable odds. On an expedition to Antarctica, their ship, the Endurance, is trapped and then crushed by ice. What follows is a thrilling tale of heroism and grit.
The Chicago Tribune called it “One of the most gripping, suspenseful, intense stories anyone will ever read” (Book cover).
Dog Gone: A Lost Pet's Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home
By Pauls Toutonghi
Gonker, the Marshall family’s beloved Labrador, suffers from Addison’s disease and must have injections on a regular basis in order to live and stay healthy. He disappears into the woods one day while hiking the Appalachian Trail with his owner and begins an incredible story of love and community.
According to one reader, “This book was much more than just an ode to how much dogs mean to people. It was also about everyday heroes. People hearing the story and taking the time for someone they have never met to help them get Gonker home” (Review: Goodreads.com).
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader’s Edition
By William Kamkwamba
Where most people saw junk, William Kamkwamba saw opportunity. Growing up in poverty-stricken rural Malawi, one 14-year-old boy had a dream to bring electricity to his family. Despite the jeers of skeptics, he built a windmill using discarded parts and old borrowed textbooks. Because of disturbing scenes depicting life in Africa during famine, the Young Reader’s Edition is best for family reading. It is recommended for children grades 4-7.
Of the author and main character, one reader said, “He has the opportunity to experience the world and to see just how far his imagination and curiosity will take him. An amazing story” (Review: Amazon.com).
Tuesdays with Morrie
By Mitch Albom
Remember that favorite teacher, the one who understood you and saw potential in you that no one else did? This is the story of how Mitch Albom reconnects with a college professor during the last few months of the professor’s life to again be taught, this time about the meaning of life.
One reader said, “It is truly a book about teaching and teachable moments. A book for anyone that is looking for something that can help him or her through life when it gets hard” (Review: Goodreads.com).
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
By Daniel James Brown
This is the improbable story of how nine working-class boys from the American West took on elite rowing teams from the East Coast, Great Britain and Hitler’s Germany in the chase for Olympic Gold.
One reader said, “This is a wonderful account, told with such detail and precision that I sometimes felt as if I were in this tale” (Review: Amazon.com).
By Ron Chernow
Don’t miss the book that inspired the wildly popular musical Hamilton. A largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, Hamilton rose to shape our nation in ways that have made America what it is today. The book skillfully walks the trail between scholarship and storytelling.
One reader said, “I don’t know that I have ever read a single book that so changed my perception of history” (Review: Goodreads.com).
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