Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, And Why by Laurence GonzalesDeep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, And Why by Laurence Gonzales

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, And Why

byLaurence Gonzales

Paperback | October 10, 2004

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In ?Deep Survival?, Laurence Gonzalez combines hard science and powerful storytelling to illustrate the mysteries of survival, whether in the wilderness or in meeting any of life's great challenges. This gripping narrative, the first book to describe the art and science of survival, will change the way you see the world. Everyone has a mountain to climb. Everyone has a wilderness inside.
Laurence Gonzales is the author of Surviving Survival, Flight 232 and the bestseller Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. He has won two National Magazine Awards and is a scholar at the Sante Fe Institute. He divides his time between Evanston, Illinois, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Title:Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, And WhyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.24 × 5.44 × 0.76 inPublished:October 10, 2004Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393326152

ISBN - 13:9780393326154


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deeply Motivating This book is great. Structurally, I loved the way each chapter combined short stories of true, real-life experiences of survival with a scientfiic breakdown of what is happening in your body during those situations. He portioned out the knowledge with relateable stories that one can envision and put themselves into. The author found a great way to break down what adrenaline is, the difference in how people react to certain stimulations and environments and provided tools and strategies of how to deal with life and death situations. This book motivates me to get outdoors and experience life, relate to nature on a deeper level and still keep myself balanced with body, mind and spirit. I think that people who avidly seek the outdoors will benefit from reading this book. In addition to his he recommended some interesting reads that people have written about their real life adventures and stories. The author is highly motivating and encouraging.
Date published: 2011-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A different perspective on an often repetitive top I've read several wilderness survival books, and this one is quite different from the rest. Instead of decribing the steps of making bowdrills or brush shelters, Gonzalez deconstructs true scenarios using psychology, philosophy and expert insight to formulate what shared traits separate the survivors from the dead. Overall it does a great job of illustrating the importance of positive attitude and self control in survival. One small detraction is that he tends to repeat himself, and jump between different scenarios making it harder to pick up where you left off. But overall a good read, and I'd recommend it as an essential to someone interested in more than a how-to list.
Date published: 2006-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An extremely interesting read! I found this book to be an eye opener about how people perceive their world on a day-to-day basis. Why can't you find that red book that you have misplaced in your home? Because you are incorrect, it is actually a blue book, your metal model does not match realitity. You could look right at the title of the book but because you believe you are looking for a red book chances are you will pass it right by. Will be hanging on to it for my children to read when they are older!
Date published: 2006-06-02

Editorial Reviews

A fascinating look into why we are who we are. — Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and EnoughDeep 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 & PreserveA 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 AccidentsGreat 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 UlcersLaurence 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 AdventureProfessional 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 RescueGonzalez 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