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Publisher's Summary

After her plane crashes, a 17-year-old girl spends 11 days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Shirley
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 09-05-17

Best read of the summer!

Insightful, intriguing, informative, and entertaining. Best read of the summer. Highly recommended for anyone outside of their comfort zone in the wilderness, career, and crisis.

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Not what its cracked up to be

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This book was a regurgitation of so many others work with a lot of name dropping and cockiness from the writer. Quite honestly the entire story could have been summed up in 5 chapters but instead it goes on repeat for 15 chapters.

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Very intriguing!! I learned so much about the human brain!

One of the best books I've ever heard about survival and the psychology behind people's desperation and foolish choices. I feel so much more prepared to be in an emergency situation now!

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entertaining and informative.

Makes me want to go on an adventure, but reinforces how easily things can go wrong and what to do about it.

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a should read for everyone a must-read for Rescuer

As A Firefighter in an EMT. A Boy Scout leader and an amateur Adventure I recommend this book for anyone who wishes to improve their understanding of human nature and human risk-taking behavior

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Deep survival bias....

There are a number of great stories shared with an acceptable performance. Still the conclusion drawn from the data shared appears to suffer from a common psychological bias of survival bias and looking only what survivors of deep tragedy and ascribing what may have been random luck vs skill, It also ignored those who manage to have of the actions of those who avoided it all together.

There author may have more or better data, but it was not shared in this book.

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excellent- insightful- plan to immediately repeat

excellent- insightful- plan to immediately repeat- insightful- plan to immediately repeatexcellent- insightful- plan to immediately repeat

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Jasmine C.

Absolutely love everything about this audio book! I could listen to it over and over. I'm an emergency nurse and love the outdoors, and think this can apply to anyone from any walk of life.

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Truly Life Changing.

Words cannot express how grateful I am for the wisdom and knowledge found in this book. As someone who had struggled with severe anxiety and depression my whole life, this book has given new strategies and motivation to keep going through the darkest moments.

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great Book

great Book for the past few years ago and posted on the system for the past