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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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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847677606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847677600
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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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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Learn from the master how to turn yourself into an action hero - the author of The Game turns his hand to survival

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Fun to read if you are sticking to non-fiction and sometimes get bored.
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Awesome read, informative but easy to
read and enjoyable. Neil writes amazing books. Definitely would recommend to anyone looking for an escape!
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I've met Neil, on his book tour in London, I'm a huge fan of his book The Game, raved about it to all my friends and have probably brought a dozen or so copies to hand out to friends. When I read it, for me, it had a certain resonance, as I read the stories about as i could understand and related to some ( not all!) of the scenarios that he wrote about. When reading the synopsis about this book, I felt that same. I had often thought about worst case scenarios, what would happen, what could happen and what would I do to survive. Not in an the world is going to end tomorrow outlook, but it's just a little thought at the back of my head in a corner of my mind. With the current state of the world, the economy and the uncertain times, I thought this book would at least be an interesting read.

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.
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Like many people who watch the news i thought a bit of "survivalist" knowledge might be timely. Having read "The long hard road out of hell" i was under no illusion that Neil Strauss was going to change my life with his writing style, but as he spent 8 yrs researching survivalism with the pro's i expected a light read crammed with useful tips.
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.
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I'd read the reviews before I ordered this book.. they didn't look that great, I decided to buy it anyway and Im glad I did as this book was really useful for me.

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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I've never read a less interesting more puffed up book and will someone stop writers doing 3 page chapters with all the resulting white space and glaring lack of content, on reading the opening sections about a non threatening Y2k event that I thought would explode into life but didn't and then the later sections with lacklustre content like they had been delegated tim ferriss style to some 3rd world writers...so disappointed in this book which from its cover looked like it might help deal with the possible problems of the modern world but just made me aware and vigilant not to be taken hostage by a book like this.
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