Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

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by Laurence Gonzales
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393326152

ISBN-13: 9780393326154

Pub. Date: 10/17/2004

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"Unique among survival books... stunning... enthralling. Deep Survival makes compelling, and chilling, reading."—Penelope Purdy, Denver Post
In 'Deep Survival', Laurence Gonzalez combines hard science and powerful storytelling to illustrate the mysteries of survival, whether in the wilderness or in meeting any of life's great challenges. This gripping

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"Unique among survival books... stunning... enthralling. Deep Survival makes compelling, and chilling, reading."—Penelope Purdy, Denver Post
In 'Deep Survival', Laurence Gonzalez combines hard science and powerful storytelling to illustrate the mysteries of survival, whether in the wilderness or in meeting any of life's great challenges. This gripping narrative, the first book to describe the art and science of survival, will change the way you see the world. Everyone has a mountain to climb. Everyone has a wilderness inside.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393326154
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/17/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
72,966
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Deep Survival 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Marquito More than 1 year ago
I read this book because it was on the www.personalmba.com reading list. I went into with an open mind, and I was ready to see how surviving traumatic events were linked to everyday life; well, I wasn't disappointed. * Control your fear by laughing/smiling/making fun at it, and be cool. This actually works. I used it in a meeting and a confrontation on the subway. The be cool mantra rings in my head and it works. * Plans don't always work; rely more on emotional response. I have found myself stuck on a plan and explaining away obvious cues and issues. I can acknowledge it now, and I have even found myself thinking - am I explaining this away? * It's ok to resign into a situation but not give up. It's true you come full circle. The "is what it is" mentality has pulled me through difficult times. There are many other points; not all equally valuable (at least to me). It's a good read; so, enjoy.
Yeomer More than 1 year ago
This book is among my top 3 Survival Books. The real-life stories are gripping alone but the book is threaded together with strong common themes and the author has great psychological insight. This book would appeal to both "Left Brain" logical analytical types like me who always have to disect the parts and create "mental maps". It would also appeal to the "Right Brain" intuitive perceptive creative "big picture" types - people who naturally perceive their surroundings. Each chapter stands alone yet refers back to repeating themes of WHO survives. It is the humble person. It is the decisive person. It is the spiritual person. People in real life are faced with incredible extreme survival situations and I've always been intrigued with the human qualities that give them the focus and drive to survive. I love to hike and have always said the mind can be your best friend or worst enemy. Like "Into The Wild" or "Into Thin Air", the surviver must never underestimate the power of nature and the surviver must know you don't have to BE strong, you just have to FEEL strong! I didn't want this book to end. - Laura
samiam89 More than 1 year ago
Deep Survival is gripping, not only because of Gonzales's tales of death and survival but because of the brain science he presents, simplified to apply to everyone. He humbles the elite outdoor sportsman, the weekend warriors, and the average person by causing personal reflection and insight into your own survival skills.

Gonzales reveals ways to discern your inner voice of reason from the struggle with emotion during a survival situation. He explains how a survivor's brain works both for and against them and how they need the voice of reason to be the loudest voice they hear. He also discusses how prior training and experience can help you save your own life, or contribute to losing it.

This book should be taught in every high school to provide teens with a hunger for exploring their world balanced with ways to prepare for the unexpected survival moments we all inevitably encounter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rambling thoughts without clear objectives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has some interesting stories, but the author interrupts them with pages of technical discussion that are often peripheral to true understanding; there's a lot of discussion of psychology and neurochemistry that don't illuminate the subject.
Nhug5280 More than 1 year ago
When confronted with a life-threatening situation, 90% of people freeze or panic this book is about what the remaining 10% do to survive and thrive. It is written by Laurence Gonzoles, who has written for national geographic and other nature magazines. His writing style is a bit jumpy and confusing at times, but that is also what makes it a fun read. He uses a lot of imagery and first hand knowledge to seem like he really knows what he is talking about. Deep Survival goes through many real life scenario which entail survival themes. From snowmobilers in the backcountry, to hikers on mount hood. Almost every type of survival is talked about in depth. The major theme throught the entire book is that those with the will to survive will survive, it doesnt matter the tools at your disposal. Another message in the book is that all training you have will go out the window when your running on pure adrenalin; once that fight of flight response is engaged, those are your only two options. This is not your normal survival handbook that tells you what you need to know, the only message that this one tells you to bring out into the woods to survive is that you must want to survive. What I liked most about this book is his seemingly experienced attitude, like he knew what he was talking about. This really made the book believable and a true non-fiction experience. This I didn’t really enjoy about this book were the jumpy ramblings not having todo with survival, or his oh so canny way of relating everything back to his grandfather. We get it bro, your grandfather is your hero, he doesn’t need to be in every paragraph although. I also didnt like how long this book was for the message it was getting at; it didnt need all 15 chapters, it could have gotten away with just 5. In the end I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars for the messages and evidence it had, this could have been 4 stars if it was just presented in a better way.
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This book is mostly bragging by the author. What a waste of time. His basic theory is that accidents are going to happen.
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I enjoyed reading this book. As an outdoorsman, I found some interesting insight into why some people make life ending decisions and others don't. There's also a lot of insight that can be gleaned from human nature and behavior. Well written.
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TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
This book attempts to parse out what makes one person a survivalist and another person, well, dead. From attitude to preparation Laurence Gonzales uses a mix of stories and personal experience to support his theories on what makes a good survivalist. Some of his conclusions are a little contradictory but every story and analysis is interesting and entertaining. Great read prior to engaging in any high risk activity.
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