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Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by [Gonzales, Laurence]

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What impels people to risk their lives by climbing mountains or deep-sea diving? What confluence of forces leads to drastic accidents? Why do some people survive disasters while others perish? A renowned journalist intrigued with risk, Gonzales conducts an in-depth and engrossing inquiry into the dynamics of survival. Relating one hair-raising true story after another about wilderness adventures gone catastrophically wrong and other calamities, Gonzales draws on sources as diverse and compelling as the Stoic philosophers and neuroscience to elucidate the psychological, physiological, and spiritual strengths that enable certain individuals to avoid fatal panic and make that crucial "transition from victim to survivor." People who survive being lost or adrift at sea, for instance, pay close attention to their surroundings and respect the wild. Gonzales also notes that survivors think of others, either helping a fellow sufferer or rallying to outsmart death in order to spare loved ones anguish. The study of survival offers an illuminating portal into the human psyche, and Gonzales, knowledgeable and passionate, is a compelling and trustworthy guide. Donna Seaman
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A fascinating look into why we are who we are. — Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Enough

Deep Survival is by far the best book on the many insights into epic survival stories I have ever read. — Daryl Miller, Chief of Mountaineering, Denali National Park & Preserve

A feast of excitement and wonder. Makes complexity and chaos come alive, girdled by neurological processes, drenched with fantastic accounts of danger and death. You will see the world differently. — Charles Perrow, author of Normal Accidents

Great stories of disaster and survival... combined with revealing science about the physiology and psychology of how we deal with crisis.... Accurate, accessible, up-to-date and insightful. — Robert Sapolsky, author of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

Laurence Gonzales has masterfully woven together personal survival stories with the study of human perception to reach rock-bottom truths about how to live with risk. — Peter Stark, author of Last Breath: The Limits of Adventure

Professional rescuers will love this book. It goes to the heart of the instincts that drive us to risk our own lives to save others. — Jacki Golike, Executive Director, National Association for Search and Rescue

Gonzalez takes us on a fascinating, fast-paced, and exciting adventure into survival. His captivating stories, many from personal experience, will keep you turning the pages, stopping only to imagine how you, and your brain, would react when faced with a survival experience. — Joseph LeDoux, author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 958 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (10 January 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06VVMN5J2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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