Deep Survival

Who Lives, Who Dies and Why

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Publisher: WW Norton & Co

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Language: English | Number of Pages: 320 | Format: Paperback

Isbn-10: 0393326152 | Isbn-13: 9780393326154 | Publish date:  | Edition Reprint

Also available as: Hardcover

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Book Description
"Unique among survival books...stunning...enthralling. Deep Survival makes compelling, and chilling, reading."—Penelope Purdy, Denver Post

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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    This is an interesting book that opens my eyes. While I exercise regularly, I have never been to those life-or-death wilderness. That said, this book really helps me to prepare for the worst.

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    This is an interesting book that opens my eyes. While I exercise regularly, I have never been to those life-or-death wilderness. That said, this book really helps me to prepare for the worst.

    A few takeaways:
    - Emotion comes first before the feeling. We do not run because we're afraid of bears. We're afraid of the bears because we run
    - Rule-followers don't do well as those who are independent mind and spirit. Think about what would happen when a doctor tells you have only 6 months to live? Follow? Rebel?
    - Be open minded. It is impossible to add anything more to a cup that is already full. Have a good balance between boldness and humility
    - Build a pattern in a life threatening situation. Chanting, singing, dancing, marching are good examples
    - STOP (stop, think, observe and plan) - it is important to have a plan and a backup plan too. But you must hold onto the plan with a gentle grip and be willing to let it go
    - Be humble. Understand the danger of success
    - Celebrate your success from even the smallest one. This is an important step in creating an ongoing feeling of motivation
    - When in doubt, bail out! It is better to be on the ground wishing I were in the air rather than in the air wishing I were on the ground

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