By Ed Stafford
What do you do once you stroll the Amazon?
Ed Stafford—adventurer extraordinaire and Guinness international list holder for jogging the size of the Amazon River—likes a problem. Casting approximately for an event that might best the intense feat he recounts in Walking the Amazon, Stafford makes a decision to maroon himself on an uninhabited island within the South Pacific. His project: to outlive for sixty days outfitted with nothing—no nutrients, water, or maybe clothing—except the video cameras he could use to record his time. Detailing Stafford’s jaw-dropping sojourn at the island of Olourua, Naked and Marooned is a story of exceptional experience and of 1 man’s will to push himself to the outer limits—and live to tell the tale.
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