America has long prided itself as a country where people of different races and cultures came together to form a new nationality. Races didn’t bother the Americans U.S. poet Archibald MacLeish wrote. They were the first self-constituted self-created people in the history of the world.
Unfortunately the idea of the harmonious melting pot has not always matched the reality in this country. Race crimes like other forms of criminal behavior have always existed in the United States and other countries.
Those who brave the seas face adventure and survival. Here are 11 classic novels to read about those lost at sea only to find what may, or may not be, the safety of an island.