Examining such stories of miraculous endurance and tragic death, Deep Survival takes us from the tops of snowy mountains and the depths of oceans to the workings of the brain that control our behavior. Through close analysis of case studies, Laurence Gonzales describes the essence of a survivor and offers 12 "Rules of Survival".
In the end, he finds, it is what's in your heart, not what's in your pack, that separates the living from the dead. This audiobook will change the way we understand ourselves and the great outdoors.
©2003 Laurence Gonzales; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
"The study of survival offers an illuminating portal into the human psyche, and Gonzales, knowledgeable and passionate, is a compelling and trustworthy guide." (Booklist)
"A superb, entertaining addition to a nature buff's library, or for anyone not tucked safely away in a bunker." (Kirkus Reviews)
I've been to USAF survival schools and have been an adventure athlete (whitewater kayaker, caver, climber, scuba) my whole life. This guy is dead on in this book. It's an entertaining read too! He references All Quiet on the Western Front" a few times in the book, which I recommend highly.
I thought this book would just be a collection of survival stories, but I was mistaken. This book mainly focused on the mind set and psychology of these people, explaining the stupid and smart things they have done. I think it can really help yourself recognize what's going on.
The book has an appendix with some items that everyone can do to try to stay alive, but most the book does not.
Overall a very good book and I really appreciated it and learned a lot.
The author has two objectives in this book.
1. Convince his readers that he is an amazingly awesome action man who is cut from the same cloth as navy fighter pilots and Zen Masters
2. Pad his book with as much barrowed content form other more interesting books as possible.
Download 'The Unthinkable: who survives when disaster strikes' by Amanda Ripley instead
What's not to love about this book. Adventures gone bad, neuroscience and understanding how behavior, past experiences intersection with chaos and complexity theories. A must read for everyone. Seriously, this is an awesome book.
This audio book was good enough, that I purchased the hard cover book & the audio book.
Lawrence Gonzales gives the reader-(listener) a very interesting and passionate account of his fathers life, and harrowing miraculous story of survival. The narrator has a plesant deep voice that resonates the toughness it takes to survive.
I would suggest this book to anyone that ventures out zinto the real world. A person may use this valuable information to survive corporate America, as well as wilderness adventurers. I have learned many practicle useful things that I feel have enhanced my life. Listen to this audio book, and build your core!
Very good. I wish I had this kind of insight 35 years ago when I was a USAF Survival Instructor. We used to refer to this poorly defined mystical "will to survive". We know that it's really a learned confidence called resilience. This book / author does a great job defining its many components and does it telling great stories.
could not stop listening to this book and was sad when it was over. The author paints an overall patten of survival though carefully told, broken down stories of past real survival.
I also loved that the central 'character' throughout the book is the authors father and the amazing feats he has done. Much respect.
I will be listening again and I hope there is more work by this author!
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