Monday, April 1, 2013
The Survivors Club
I buy so many bargain books, every now and then, I have to admit to myself I probably won't have anough time to read (or room to shelve) all of my purchases. At this point, as part of my "Catch and Release" style of collecting, I "prune the stacks" and then make a book sell-off.
Since the goal of each book find is to learn something (if even just one idea), I usually at least try to "skim" each deaccession before I actually purge it. So, every now and then, I get pulled into actually reading one cover-to-cover -- and that's how I came to polish off my latest read:
The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life by Ben Sherwood
Which is the safest seat on an airplane? Where is the best place to have a heart attack? Why does religious observance add years to your life? How can birthdays be hazardous to your health?
The Survivors Club
Each second of the day, someone in America faces a crisis, whether it's a car accident, violent crime, serious illness, or financial trouble. Given the inevitability of adversity, we all wonder: Who beats the odds and who surrenders? Why do some people bound back and others give up? How can I become the kind of person who survives and thrives?
The fascinating, hopeful answers to these questions are found in The Survivors Club . In the tradition of Freakonomics and The Tipping Point, this book reveals the hidden side of survival by combining astonishing true stories, gripping scientific research, and the author's adventures inside the U.S. military's elite survival schools and the government's airplane crash evacuation course.
With The Survivors Club, you can also discover your own Survivor IQ through a powerful Internet-based test called the Survivor Profiler. Developed exclusively for this book, the test analyzes your personality and generates a customized report on your top survivor strengths.
There is no escaping life's inevitable struggles. But The Survivors Club can give you an edge when adversity strikes.