438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin

438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

byJonathan Franklin

Hardcover | November 17, 2015

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“The best survival book in a decade” (Outside magazine), 438 Days is the true story of the fisherman who survived fourteen months in a small boat drifting seven thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean.

On November 17, 2012, a pair of fishermen left the coast of Mexico for a weekend fishing trip in the open Pacific. That night, a violent storm ambushed them as they were fishing eighty miles offshore. As gale force winds and ten-foot waves pummeled their small, open boat from all sides and nearly capsized them, captain Salvador Alvarenga and his crewmate cut away a two-mile-long fishing line and began a desperate dash through crashing waves as they sought the safety of port.

Fourteen months later, on January 30, 2014, Alvarenga, now a hairy, wild-bearded and half-mad castaway, washed ashore on a nearly deserted island on the far side of the Pacific. He could barely speak and was unable to walk. He claimed to have drifted from Mexico, a journey of some seven thousand miles.

438 Days is the first-ever account of one of the most amazing survival stories in modern times. Based on dozens of hours of exclusive interviews with Alvarenga, his colleagues, search-and-rescue officials, the remote islanders who found him, and the medical team that saved his life, 438 Days is an unforgettable study of the resilience, will, ingenuity and determination required for one man to survive more than a year lost and adrift at sea.
Title:438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at SeaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 17, 2015Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501116290

ISBN - 13:9781501116292

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! One of the best books I have ever read. I read it in 3 days on vacation and passed it on to my Brother who read it in 2 days on the same holiday....who, than passed it to his wife who read it in days as well. The beyond imaginable determination, skill, resilience and sheer strength and bravery blew me away. I was perched on the end of my chair from the first page to the last. Extremely well written. I felt as though I was there and my emotions were taken for a roller coaster ride. WOW. I have been recommending to everyone and plan on buying several to give to friends.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible, powerful read about survival and humanity - go buy it now! I was waiting to purchase this and it was a simply incredible read. The author truly dives into so many aspects of the story, to help you gain a deeper understanding of how someone can survive 438 days lost at sea, and live to tell his story. The author truly did some incredible research to provide context to each aspect of the story. An incredibly moving autobiography told in a clear storyline. Incredible. I read lots of books, and this is by far, one of my all-time favourites.
Date published: 2016-11-19

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"As this old world pursues its endless journey round the sun, many are the tales of death and disaster on the high seas. Few indeed are those that tell of near-miraculous survival, fed by human courage, faith, strength and intelligence. This is one such."