Deep Survival: Who Lives, who Dies, and why : True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - Nature - 301 pages
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After her plane crashes, a seventeen-year-old girl spends eleven 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—how people get into trouble and how they get out again (or not)—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 "stages of survival" and reveals the essence of a survivor—truths that apply not only to surviving in the wild but also to surviving life-threatening illness, relationships, the death of a loved one, running a business during uncertain times, even war.

Fascinating for any reader, and absolutely essential for anyone who takes a hike in the woods, this book will change the way we understand ourselves and the great outdoors.
 

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Interesting but repetitive

User Review  - steve53443 - Overstock.com

The book is interesting and informative but each chapter seems to repeat itself on the lessons learned. Im about 13 of the way through the book and Ive put it down to finish reading other books. Ill get back to it eventually but Im in no hurry. Read full review

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I understand that there are some people who are simply not capable of understanding this book. For those who are, this is one of the most insightful publications on the subject. His understanding of the breadth of the subject is very impressive. Well written and accurate in his research, I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking to gain insight on the survival process.  

Contents

Prologue
9
HOW ACCIDENTS HAPPEN
19
Look Out Here Comes Ray Charles
21
Memories of the Future
41
A Map of the World
53
A Gorilla in Our Midst
63
The Anatomy of an Act of God
76
The Sand Pile Effect
89
Inside The Right Stuff
159
Were All Going to Fuckin Die
179
A View of Heaven
201
The Sacred Chamber
211
A Certain Nobility
229
The Day of the Fall
241
The Rules of Adventure
258
Selected Bibliography
275

The Rules of Life
106
Danger Zones
120
SURVIVAL
137
Bending the Map
139

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About the author (2003)

Laurence Gonzales is the author of Surviving Survival, Flight 232 and the bestseller Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. He has won two National Magazine Awards and is a scholar at the Sante Fe Institute. He divides his time between Evanston, Illinois, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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