True Stories

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What It’s Like to Be a Deaf DJ

Music is not all about hearing. >>

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Can This Man Save Africa’s Lions From Doom?

Wild lion populations are being decimated, and yet life is worse for those in captivity who often… >>

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The Dramatic Rescue of Bärle, the Circus Polar Bear

For 13 years, a female polar bear endured neglect, scorching heat and near-starvation as one of the… >>

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Bob Hope’s Emotional USO Memories: “I Get a Lot More Than I Give”

A look back at the inspiring hard work entertainer Bob Hope put in for our troops—written by the… >>

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There Was Once a Wolf Who Loved Too Much. And What Happened to Him Was a Crime.

One day in Alaska, a black wolf appeared in front of wildlife photographer Nick Jans. This is the… >>

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The Girl Whose Strength Was Beyond Her Years

When her grandfather falls ill, a fearless little girl comes to the rescue. >>

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Shark! Swimmer Fights Terror in Sudden Attack

Suddenly, the shark drags Denis back up to the surface. He gulps air before being dragged down… >>

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How Mrs. Clarence’s Kindness Saved My Life

In my family’s desperate hour, my fifth-grade teacher knew just what to do. >>

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The Cook Who Chased and Caught a Kidnapper

This man's break from work became a race to save a little boy. >>

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Terror at the Beach: Caught in a Riptide!

She looks around just in time to see a wave towering over her. There’s no time to duck this one… >>

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The Boy Who Disappeared Under a Sand Dune

Colin hollers, "Nathan fell in this hole!" And then the hole collapses in on itself, the sugar sand… >>

January 1970 RD Classics
“I Escaped From Cuba in the Wheels of a DC-8″

This incredible Reader's Digest classic story of a teenager who escaped from Cuba by flying in the… >>

January 1995 RD Classics
Me and the Supreme Court

Moments like this create the memories of a lifetime. >>

April 1992 RD Classics
The Pig Who Loved People

He wasn’t what you’d expect in a pet—or even in a pig. >>

July 1976 RD Classics
Staring Down a Sawmill Chipper With Two Seconds to Live

Suddenly, young Ron Gillis was being pulled, inexorably, toward the whirling blades of the… >>

November 1993 RD Classics
What I Learned in the Shoe Store

Mr. Hill taught me more than just selling. >>

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The Husband Who Vanished

For 15 years, Anne McDonnell lived in limbo—not knowing whether her Jim was dead or alive. Then… >>

June 1990 RD Classics
The Greatest Gift a Dad Can Give His Daughter

My father's fondest expressions of love flowed not from his words, but from his hands. >>

August 1977 RD Classics
The Summer I Learned to Really See

A wise grandmother opens a small girl’s eyes to the treasures around them. >>

August 1935 RD Classics
—And Sudden Death: The Reader’s Digest Classic

If you have the nerve to drive fast and take chances, you ought to read this classic article from… >>