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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (11 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393326152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393326154
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"After the Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare, Laurence Gonzales' latest book would be the wise choice for any desert-island castaway."Conde Nast Traveller "Buy it so you know what to do if you happen to fall off a mountain." --Anthony Sattin, The Sunday Times

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Laurence Gonzales is a contributing editor for National Geographic Adventure magazine. The winner of numerous awards, he can be found at his website www deepsurvival.com

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Mar 2009
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If you are looking for tips, tricks and techniques of survival - look elsewhere. You will not find anything for you here.

But...as surviving is about the mental state more than tools and techniques...here is where you are going to find the lot.

When I started reading it - I was just thinking "ok - so now where are these tricks I have to learn". Just stories and brain functions. But soon I started realizing that we are discussing the core of survival -any survival - the way we process information under stress, what kills us or saves us in a survival situation from within us.

This book is worth much more than any other that is going to tell you how to build a shelter or light up fire. This one tells you what your brain does in an extreme situation and what mental strategies work in your favor.

My interest grew in this book with every page. And many things (behaviors) from my life also became understood. A very interesting trip into myself I have made while reading this book.

This a book for all those who want to be prepared as well for all those who are interested in how the human brain works or in psychology in general. A lot of case studies (stories), a lot of very useful information. And all told in a very easy to read way.

Recommended
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Y. Crowther on 7 May 2010
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I picked up this book while browsing and, just flicking through a few pages, was gripped. It combines real life stories of survival with intelligent analysis of human behaviour and insights from neuroscience, philosophy and psychology. It seeks to understand and illustrate what motivates the minds and bodies of individuals to persevere against extraordinary odds and, in doing so, provides insights into what makes for a fully lived life. It's a practical book, packed with facts, quotations and references. It's also extremely inspiring and moving. I'll certainly be reading it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scallywag on 27 Nov 2011
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Macho, pacey and thoroughly researched. Loved the style and appreciated the solid neuroscience. Useful for any of life's emergencies, not just falling off Everest!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Bollons on 13 July 2012
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The first section concentrating on how people typically react to emergencies is scientific, factual and fascinating. The author then tells about a lifeguard he met and how he could see and feel the aura coming off a successful surfer (sorry "mana" - I mean hey if the aborigines have a word for it then it must be real right?). This mystical nonsense is given equal weight in the book to the scientific research, and the author keeps going on about zen. This made me seriously doubt the author's judgement and therefore the veracity of the scientific information he had selected for the book.

The last two thirds of the book do contain a few examples of people who got lost, fell off mountains etc, along with a genuinely interesting analysis of the avoidable mistakes they had made. Sadly you have to fight your way through tenuously linked anecdotes about people the author has met on his travels in his endless quest to become cool like his dad, whom he worships because he got shot down in the war.

Not a book I would choose to lend to my friends.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Mullane on 14 Oct 2008
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I'm not an outdoor type. As an archetypical geek my worries are more about the server failing than a hungry grizzly bear wandering by (a HR type however ... ). I do recommend this book because it offers some cogent life lessons that have been hard learnt by people who earned their right to survive where others failed.

Be cool. This sums up the core message of the book. However this is not something that can be so easily summed up as a catch phrase, but as an attitude that needs be experienced and made be part of a person's core programming; in a religious spiritual terms to find of grace when disaster strikes, be it lost in the high mountains or facing a sudden process audit.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PureSymmetry VINE VOICE on 15 Aug 2008
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This book is an amazing compilation of survivor stories and lessons learned. I enjoyed this book immensely and found that the learnings presented within its pages have wide applications to many different scenarios in life, from forex trading to surviving life threatening illnesses.

Very well written, Gonzales writes in an engaging and lively style, delivering stunning heart stopping real life drama.

Get this book, you're gonna love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Engstrand on 18 July 2013
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I have read this book, and I am getting an inspired, and I just want to keep reading. I gives the mind a new scope.
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Includes details of some extraordinary survival stories and L. Gonzales theories as to why they survived are insightful. Well worth a read.
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