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The untold story of Leon Crane, the only surviving crew member of a World War II B-24 crash on a remote mountain near the Arctic Circle, who managed to stay alive eighty-one days in sub-zero temperatures by making peace with nature, and end his ordeal by walking along a river to safety.

Part World War II story, part Alaskan adventure story, part survival story, and even part inspirational story, this is what we call a good read. This is the first full length retelling of Crane’ s incredible survivalist story. It has been noted in magazines and in story collections over the years: most notably, just after the war ended, Crane’ s story was included in a book aptly titled, The 100 Best True Stories of World War II , and in the 1970s, the story was a part of John McPhee’s bestselling collection of Alaskan survival tales, Coming into the Country.

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  • “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, acclaimed author of Alone on the Ice

  • “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, bestselling author of 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…Few of us would have that combination of creativeness and mental fortitude to do what Crane did.”

    Michael J. Tougias, bestselling author of The Finest Hours

  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Sports & Outdoors
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