Deep Survival

Deep Survival

Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why : True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death

Book - 2003
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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393052763
0393052761
Characteristics: 301 p. ; 25 cm.

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melissaruby
Sep 11, 2017

One of my favorite books! Riveting from start to finish. I've read it twice.

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2295010484806
May 14, 2013

A classic. This is not a "speed read", but rather an insightful rendition of the phenomenon of survival. I rarely write comments.

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JudithE
Sep 29, 2012

I loved it. The author goes into some detail about the mindset used by some who survive some remarkably difficult dilemmas, and I think the same mindset can be used to survive some less harrowing everyday challenges. Fascinating and useful.

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mclas
Jul 29, 2012

I'm not a big fan of survival epics but loved this book. It's interesting to hear what works and how people have survived various outdoor events. Not only enjoyable and interesting, but also includes lessons learned. Good instruction for anyone who goes outdoors and very readable.

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efredrick
Jul 17, 2012

If you're a fan of survival epics, (Endurance, Annapurna, Into Thin Air, etc) you'll find this book to be REALLY interesting. I did. There are a few places where it gets a bit slow, but it's generally well-paced. And most importantly, the insights into the central question (who lives, who dies, and why) are fascinating and even instructive. Recommended for all fans of outdoor literature, and/or anyone who participates in outdoor activities. Enjoyable too.

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acheck074
Jan 10, 2010

Listened to it from iTunes Audiobooks. Pretty good and interesting.

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