To build a fire: "81 Days Below Zero: 1 of 2: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness" by Brian Murphy.

Jul 02, 02:54 AM

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(Photo: English: Fort Shoemaker, Dall River. Winter trail made by the crew of the Ninivak to reach the Yukon River by a short cut

Subject: Fort Shoemaker (Alaska), Trails--Alaska

Geographic Subject: United States--Alaska--Fort Shoemaker

Tag: Polar

Date 1904)

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To build a fire: "81 Days Below Zero: 1 of 2: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness" by Brian Murphy. 

"In 81 Days Below Zero, Brian Murphy rediscovers one of the most astounding survival stories in Alaskan history. The account is all the more remarkable because of Leon Crane's lifelong reluctance to talk about his ordeal. Murphy has saved from oblivion a tale that resonates with inspiration more than seventy years later."—David Roberts, author of Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

"This is a great story, wonderfully told. From the moment the doomed plane takes off until the lone survivor rejoins civilization, the reader is taken on a thrilling, emotional, and hugely satisfying ride. Seamlessly interweaving the pilot's intense struggle against the elements with the broader history of the war, Alaska, and the home front, Brian Murphy has created a fascinating page-turner that you will not want to put down."—Eric Jay Dolin, author of Leviathan and When America First Met China

"The hardships endured by Leon Crane are unimaginable, and author Brian Murphy expertly takes the reader into Crane's inspiring journey of survival. You will find yourself rooting for Crane to take the next step, make the next right decision, and fight on. 81 Days Below Zero pulls you into Crane's thought process, and you might find yourself wondering, 'What would I have done in a similar situation?' Few of us would have that combination of creativeness and mental fortitude to do what Crane did."—Michael J. Tougias, author of Fatal Forecast, A Storm Too Soon, and Overboard