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What sets this book (as well as Lawrence's first book on 2012, Apocalypse 2012) apart from most 2012 books? This is based purely on interviews with scientists who know what is coming down on, or around, 2012. With very little citation of Mayan predictions or Biblical prophecies, and zero reference to channeled predictions, this book has water-tight evidence of what even hard core skeptics cannot refute.
This book tells you flat out why you need to prepare for disaster, or prepare for death.
Lawrence admits, even hopes, that he may be wrong...there is about a 50% chance that 2012 could come and go like January 2000, when all the Y2K fears were fortunately laid aside. But that time, people could prevent it by working hard. This time, there is almost nothing humans can do to prepare for solar flares which could disrupt the entire electric and satellite grid....breaking down not only electricity but also the Internet which we have become so dependent on.
Other possible disasters are mentioned, including comets, flooding, and the collapse of bees. After reading this book I am no longer as fearful about the bee thing: Lawrence assures us we can use green houses with blowers that pollinate the vast number of produce that depend on bees, though I am sure the cost of food will increase. (Bees work for free.) There is an entire chapter on global warming, and I am glad that the naysayers' view is also presented, showing that global warming, as bad as it is, is not merely due to humans but in fact is part of a cycle. (Lawrence omits the fact that other planets in our solar system are also heating up, though they don't have cars and factory farms!)
This book is an easy read, and even has some humor sprinkled in (as when we find out about Lawrence's ancestral dark secrets when he interviews shamans whose solution is to beseech our ancestors). But--as much as it made a friend and me laugh--I don't think Lawrence was kidding when he suggests stocking up on Halloween candy as part of the food stockpile. His reasoning is that anything "opposite of organic" will have a long shelf life. (I prefer nuts, seeds, dehydrated fruits and vegetables.)
Sprinkled throughout the book are "Aftermath Scenarios" in which Lawrence takes the liberty of writing, as a journalist would, as if it were post-2012, predicting how things turn out. (In the first of these, he writes about the entire year 2012.)
Anyone skeptical or unsure of the whole 2012 event needs to read this book. The only thing I found disappointing is that the "guide to preparing for and surviving" part is weak: Only a few chapters at the end are devoted to that, though we are given some out-of-the-box tips such as making friends with heads of monasteries. But the "convincing part" is stronger than in any book I have read (and I have read dozens) except for Lawrence's first book on the topic.
Y2K (2000)and Planet X (2003) may have been nonevents. After reading this, I doubt that 2012 will be. And the Mayans are not alone in predicting that exact time of December 2012: the Chinese I-Ching, the Hopi Indians, the Hindus, other indigenous cultures, and even Siberian shamans have long ago predicted that something grand is coming down in 2012. And if we can just survive the Earth changes, it is supposed to be a whole new, amazing and grand world--well worth hanging out for!
Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet
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