Jonathan Franklin
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Jonathan Franklin

My most recent book (August 10, 2021) is A WILD IDEA, a rollicking, inspirational biography of Douglas Tompkins. As a rebel climber who came of age in San Francisco of the '60's Tompkins had an eye for business. He founded North Face and Esprit but he reached the peak of capitalism he realized he had climbed the wrong mountain. He cashed in. Took his chips off the table, moved to Patagonia, and planned a wild revolution. Based on interviews with Tompkins, his wife Kris, colleagues, and lifelong friends A WILD IDEA is an intimate portrait of a bold voice fighting for nature and wildlands. My next book CABIN FEVER (June 2022, approx) is the terrifying story of survival at sea, aboard a cruise ship ambushed by Covid. Based on exclusive interviews with passengers and crew, CABIN FEVER, chronicles the heroics as beleaguered crew members fight to survive as port after port refuse to receive what is known as "The Pariah Ship." My previous book 438 Days is also a stunning tale of survival at sea. I spent months interviewing fisherman Salvador Alvarenga and diving deep into the world of extreme survival. At first, it seemed impossible. How could someone live 14 months at sea? Only Hollywood could have an ending like this where a single man drifts for 6,000 miles and survives on his wits, humor, and resourcefulness. But it's true, he lived for over a year in a tiny boat, adrift in the Pacific. This is a daring, bold tale that has made me appreciative of the simple pleasures in life.
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