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Emergency: One man's story of a dangerous world, and how to stay alive in it Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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"Fast-paced, often hysterically funny, Emergency is the ultimate self-help manual for those determined to be the last man standing." (Mail on Sunday 2009-04-12)
"The world is in crisis. If you're looking for an escape plan, this book is it." (Rolling Stone)
"Like a George Plimpton for the 21st Century, Neil Strauss has mastered the art of the professional amateur. In Emergency, he manages to find the humor in an otherwise frightening time, with wit, wisdom and often hilarious repercussions." (Maxim)
"If you've ever wanted to beat the system, get off the grid, or become an escape artist, this is your manual." (Tim Ferriss, author of the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller, THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK)
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Strauss's style of writing is easy to read, it certainly kept me hooked and I read it in less then a day. There seemed for me a disconnect between the Strauss of "The game" and the Strauss of this book. Over half the book is dedicated to him looking at ways of dual citizenship. It just seemed to me that he was running around like a headless chicken. The Strauss of the game immersed himself in his subject matter, he learnt from the best, stayed in their world, and took on board all the viewpoints to mesh together everything. This Neil Strauss is asking for lawyers to sort it out for him. He has high powered contacts, can make it to the White House, is in contact with celebs and billionaires and yet sits around trying to figure out how to make this happen? It just seemed to me completely incongruent with the things he had learnt as "Style" in The Game.
There are some interesting talks that he has with a couple of billionaires, and honestly I wished he'd expanded a little bit more about their world.
Long story cut short. He spends the rest of the time with survivalists and emergency responders learning how to live off the land, and generally not being scared by it all. That's pretty much it in a nutshell. I found some useful tips, but generally I had figured out most of it already. It's a strange book. Worth a read, would it save my life? Probably not. That's down to me, and I didn't need a book to tell me that.
I would have to say that overall the book is pretty useless, an account of a fairly irritating blokes thoughts and forays, that either leaves out the vital ingredients needed to actually do the things it covers, or just covers strategies for the ultra paranoid...second citizenships, swiss bank accounts and gyrocopter tips. It will tell you for example how to kill a goat but not how to skin or dry it. There are a few good tips, but for the budding survivalist disappointment (shortly followed by death) will ultimately prevail.
Neither does it fill the "holiday read" requirements, it's not funny (unless you think Oprah is a gas and Dr Phil a legend) or informative, one is left with the notion that if it's going to be that hard to survive maybe we should all just take our chances. I pressume that the message is that if you're serious do the courses, don't read about someone else doing them. The thought of devoting a decade of my life to survive the apocalypse, only to find out that Strauss and myself are the last two people left does nothing to steel my resolve.
I disagree with some of the reviews, I think the content in this book CAN DEFINITELY save your life. (Obviously its up to you to locate similar courses/materials in your own country)
I've often thought about what will happen if disaster strikes and thought about ways to prepare for is, Strauss has had very similar views to mine (eg learning first aid, operating a radio, knife fighting, a bug out pack etc, learning how to use a gun). I only thought of these things, It was very nice to hear that he took it further and actually did it. By doing so, he has shown a pathway for me on how I can duplicate it myself.
I'm usually slow with books, but I read this in a week, it was a nice read and enjoyable.
If you are genuinely interested about what to do if society breaks down, Id recommend this book as a starter for sure.
Its probably encouraging for the average reader who doesn't see themselves as tough, [p.s. I'm actually super tough myself! :0)] because Strauss confesses himself, he wasnt a natural survivor, its something he learnt how to be.
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