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
Branch Call Number: 613.69 GON 2003 21
Characteristics: 301 p


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Jun 12, 2018

Kind of a common theme in the comments. I have been praising this very addictive book to everyone I know and even some strangers who happened by and asked what I was reading. Even though this was a total page turner I felt that I needed to slow it down and at times put it down to absorb everything it had to offer. There is someone waiting on the list so I need to return it today but I will be book marking it for a re-read in a year or so. Who says print is dead?? I am sure this is one that will SURVIVE the test of time. pass it on

Sep 11, 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jan 10, 2010

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

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Nov 25, 2014

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