This book isn't going to teach you how to build a fire or find water, but you will be far better prepared to survive any challenge you face.
Author: Laurence Gonzales
Softcover; 318 pages
W.W. Norton & Company; copyright 2004
In Deep Survival, Laurence Gonzales pulls readers to the boundary region between life and death, where they peer into the hearts, minds and souls of those who have survived seemingly impossible situations and those who have given in to death. Through careful dissection of case studies, he illuminates the essence of the true survivor—the internal battles that are waged between fear and hope, reason and emotion, despair and correct action. This gripping narrative is the first book to describe the science of survival, revealing through new psychological and neurological research the workings of the brain that motivate our actions. Applying the science of chaos theory and self-organizing systems, Gonzales shows how accidents are not random acts of God but highly organized outcomes of complex systems, repeated with inevitable frequency. You can't stop them from happening, but this book can help prevent them from happening to you!