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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st Paperback Edition edition (16 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811825558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811825559
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Though it's being marketed as a "humorous" title--after all, it's unlikely you'll be called upon to land a plane, jump from a motorcycle to a moving car or win a sword fight--the information contained in The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is all quite sound. Authors Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht consulted numerous experts in their fields (they're cited at the end of the book) to discover how to survive various and sundry awful events. Parachute doesn't open? Your best bet for survival is to hook your arms through the straps of a fellow jumper's chute--and even then you're likely to dislocate both shoulders and break both legs. Car sinking in water? Open the window immediately to equalise pressure, then open the car door and swim to the surface. Buried in an avalanche? Spit on the snow--it will tell you which direction is really up. Then dig as fast as you can. Each survival skill is explained in simple steps with helpful illustrations. Most stress the need to be prepared--both mentally and physically. For example, to escape from quicksand, you will need to lay a pole on the surface of the quicksand, flop on your back atop the pole and pull your legs out one by one. No pole? No luck. "When walking in quicksand country, carry a stout pole--it will help you get out should you need to."

Hopefully you'll never need to know how to build a fire without matches, perform a tracheotomy or treat a bullet wound. But in the words of Survival Evasion Resistance Escape Instructor "Mountain" Mel Deweese, "You never know." --Sunny Delaney

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Reviews from: Soldier of Fortune USA Today Nearly 180 pages of immediate-action drills for when everything goes to hell in a handbasket "(SOF" editors all keep a copy on their desk at all times). Succinct overviews and pity, practical courses of action from legion experts-in-their-fields, to fight Murphy at least to a draw. Aficionados in some fields might quibble over certain techniques, but for the amount of ground this compact volume covers in dealing with dozens and dozens of worst-case scenarios in common-sense fashion, it's well worth having. Odds are good you'll meet more than one of the situation during your life, and the time spent studying this volume may turn out to be some the best time you ever invest. If nothing else, it makes you think out your options beforehand, so you have a plan. Those with deep-seated fears about killer bees, quicksand, mountain lions and sharks will enjoy "The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook" by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, a handy little book for the extremely prepared that is climbing the best-seller list. This is a no-nonsense, no-fooling around guide with straightforward information. But fear not: The authors have enough perspective to acknowledge the campy appeal of an armchair guide for the anxious. "We thought it would be funny to people," Borgenicht says. They were, he says, "inspired by pop culture as much as by paranoia most of the scenarios we talk about were a TV or a movie scene." Sharks, the authors say, scared both of them to pieces in childhood. Blame it on "Jaws."

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By vikki@digimob.com on 5 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
I think what I liked most about this book is its attitude that no matter how absurd the scenarios seem, normal everyday people do end up in them, and it's all about survival - living beyond - that situation. Although I may never need to know how to escape from bears or dodge a hail of bullets, it's comforting to know I have a better idea now of what do do if I did. And it's an amusing read anyway. A great stocking filler.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jun. 2001
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I can't *really* see why people think this book is funny - OK yeah, some of the stories made me grin quite wildly. But that is by no means a criticism; It's absolutely fascinating and gives a bit of confidence to those people who worry about everything, even the most unlikely events.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Dec. 2000
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This is a very interesting book although it is highly unlikely you'll remember the sterling advice it contains if you ever find yourself in one of the situations. It is just a fun read that you can just sit down and enjoy and then tell your pals in the pub all about.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 10 Nov. 2004
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This fascinating little book is a collection of How-To tips that could mean the difference between survival and a rather unpleasant demise. The authors rounded up the suggestions of a group of experts in their respective fields, and organized them by subject. Everything is covered here from How to Escape from a Sinking Car, through How to Escape from a Bear, How to Deliver a Baby in a Taxicab, to How to Survive When Lost in the Mountains.
On the surface this book might seem like a book of useless trivia, but such is not the case. In fact, only this past summer, in the city of Joliet, a Chicago couple took a wrong corner and took a dead-end street into a river. If only they had seen the section on escaping from a sinking car.
In all seriousness, this book does contain useful information that everyone should probably read at least once in his or her lifetime.
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While many of us are sure that "it won't ever happen to me", never say never is a good response.

Neither did the people who actually ended up in the situations the book writes about, and if only they had been informed, their lives would be different...or they would at least still be alive.

Although the book is written with a sense of humour, this does not mean being stuck in those situations is equally funny:) I really bought it as a safety measure, an investment in my knowledge, a sort of an insurance.

Sure, I might only find myself in one of the many situations the author gives advice for, but that still will improve my reaction and I will be able to react calmly (or at least I wish I will), when in that situation.

A good, informative read!
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By H.P.J.M. on 7 July 2013
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This is an amusing and informative book about the various perils and solutions that one could face in real life from how to escape from killer bees all the way to surviving in the mountains. There are pictures and comprehensive instructions which make the book a great aid and asset when travelling or just to have handy, although some of the scenarios require that you already know what to do as the time to act would be short. In any case, it is an amusing book to read
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2001
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This book is really amusing as well as helpful! ..it's a good read and well put together. You're not likely to have to figure out what to do in the event of a shark attack... but wouldn't you like to know anyway?
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By Vilanelle on 6 Jan. 2014
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Fab book ............. I bought it for my son before he goes travelling for a few months, and he's now prepared for every possible eventuality that could befall him!! Great fun but there's also the element of 'well, you never know!!!!' Highly recommend as going away present for any prospective traveller, but maybe not for an anxious parent.
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