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The Survivors Club: Kunci Bertahan Hidup dalam Kondisi Darurat dan Bahaya dalam Hidup Anda

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Sherwood (penulis The Man Who Ate 747 dan penulis untuk LA Times), melakukan perjalanan ke seluruh dunia untuk mendapatkan informasi dari orang yang berhasil selamat dari berbagai fenomena fatal, mulai dari serangan singa gunung sampai kamp konsentrasi Holocaust. Ia juga mewawancarai panel pakar untuk memahami psikologi, genetika, dan beragam faktor lainnya yang akan menen ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 2011 by Literati (first published 2009)
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Moni Smith
I really liked the first few chapters. In fact, I couldn't put it down. I spent all of yesterday reading this book. I have been drawn to stories of survival and have read a few books about people who have survived harrowing experiences (One of my favorites being "Dead Lucky" by Lincoln Hall).

However, I got to the chapter on faith and was completely turned off. According to the author and his research, faith in God is one of the determining factors on whether or not you survive something. His exa
Book Overview

The subtitle of the book, "The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life," pretty much sums up what this book is about—learning about what it takes to survive and determining what type of survivor you might be.

The first part of the book is devoted to exploring different survival scenarios and examining why ordinary people ended up surviving in extraordinary circumstances. As Sherwood relays these stories—ranging from plane crash survivors to Holocaust survivors to a bicyclist wh
Though reading this book gave me the same sort of dirty, guilty feeling that I get if caught gawking at a car accident, I have to admit, most of it was pretty fascinating. This title consists of matter-of-fact essays that tell the amazing stories of ordinary people who have defied the odds and survived unbelievable accidents. Interviews with plane crash survivors, a young man who lived after jumping off the Golden Gate bridge, a woman attacked by a mountain lion, another who punctured her heart ...more
The topic of this book is so similar (read: almost identical) to the one I read just previously (The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley) that I'm afraid it suffers just because of the order I happened to pick them up. And it's impossible to write this review without comparing the two of them. Several of the same disasters were discussed, the same scientific findings analyzed, the same experts quoted. The Survivors Club adds some interesting tidbits - like the best place to have a heart attack is in a ...more
I was really psyched about finally getting this book from the library, after having been on a wait list for quite some time, but found myself fairly disappointed by it in the end.

The Survivors Club is pretty much what it sounds like - an in-depth look at the science of survival: why some people live through disasters while others don't. I will admit that there is some very useful information in the book, things that I had not previously known about human reactions during crises, about the workin
When I started off, I couldn't put this book down. Then I started skimming because the relentless press of survivor stories got a little old, plus I was looking forward to taking the Survivor Profiler test at the end.

Well, it's not going to happen, since the test isn't actually in the book - it's online and you access it with a code printed on the inside of the dust-jacket. Just one problem: I got my book from the library and while I'm probably only the second or third person to read this partic
This was a recommendation from mom and dad (i.e. not on our reading list). Not a novel, but more of an exploration of real-life traumatic scenarios and the people that survived them. It was a really cool book, though I do give fair warning to anyone easily worried. There are lots of descriptions of horrible scenarios, but luckily it usually points out why you shouldn’t worry too much about it (though it still tells you how to be better prepared). Case in point: It talks about several plane crash ...more
This is not a book I would have picked up on my own, had it not been a selection of my book club. After all, I thought, isn't it pretty intuitive what makes for a good survivor? For example, what does it take to survive when lost in the woods? Be prepared by being in decent physical shape and carrying a daypack with some basics such as water. Don't lose your head. Look for water so you don't get dehydrated. Don't give up. Try to get oriented by climbing a tree or climbing a hill.

All of that is
A fascinating look at the qualities that help people survive in extreme situations, be it ejected out of a plane, burned by acid, or overcoming cancer. The author was very thorough in the topic and shared many survival stories. The role of faith in so many survivor's lives was explored, as was the will to live, the science of luck, and ways to increase your own chances of survival.

Particularly interesting to me was the chapter on how adversity is actually good for you. Talking to those who worke
What an interesting read. After completion, I immediately took the test to see if I had any of the qualities that Survivors of terrible disasters have. I did not want to be a Victim or Fatality. I was pleased to find myself in the Believer catagory. Yeah! Just right! This book has forever changed the way I look at the world, my situations and environment. As I get older, I instinctively tend to be more cautious anyway, unlike my somewhat, carefree teen and college days. But now, I know just wher ...more
This book called The Survivor's Club is a conglomeration of things. It is a bunch of short stories about people who have survived and overcome some horrible and amazing things. That part is both frightening and inspiring. It is also a conversation with all kinds of experts - conversations about what makes a person a survivor and can those particular traits be taught or are they something in our biology that we can't control? Is "luck" real?

Readable and interesting, The Survivor's Club reminded m
In some ways this book is like the proverbial train wreck; you just can't stop reading because the stories are just so compelling. Admit it, we are all fascinated by stories of survival so why NOT learn from the people who have survived horrible accidents or terrifying imprisonments. The book shows how certain people react differently in crisis situations and the author goes on to show studies of the survivors. Of why they survived. I was drawn to this book because I was faced with a life threat ...more
Angela Risner
Did you know that right-handers live longer than lefties? That if you are impaled by an object, you shouldn’t try to remove it? That if you’re lost without a compass or any other implements of survival that you should just stay where you are and let the searchers find you?

How about that 10 percent of all parachuting deaths result from the person forgetting to pull the parachute cord (even though s/he may have jumped many times before) or pulling it too low to the ground? What happens that these
This was a solid 'survival psychology' book. I really like the facts interspersed with the 'hmmms.' For example, there is a lot of explanation of the physics and science behind what happens when we get into dangerous or scary situations. But there is also some soft explanations such as trying to quantify luck, hope, etc. The middle-end of the book which focused on the belief in God in the likelihood of survival was a bit repetitious, but the early chapters and the end chapters really grabbed me ...more
This was a really fast read because I found the material so interesting. The author does a great job of dissecting how people have survived (almost miraculously) horrible things, such as getting impaled in the heart by a knitting needle… jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge… being a prisoner during the Holocaust… and much, much more. There’s also a lot of practical advice as well (from research studies and from field experts).

Below are some of the survival lessons from the book:

This is really more like a 2 1/2. It is a lot like Freakonomics, except just dealing with different senarios that people survive and why. There is an interesting chapter on where you should sit and what you should wear to improve you chances of surviving an airplane crash. (It recommends choosing an aisle seat and wearing tennis shoes that you should keep on your feet at all times during the flight, but I must admit that I still chose a window seat for my next flight overseas because I want some ...more
Natalie Omer
This was a very interesting book. I have always been fascinated with the survivors in any extreme situation from accident survivors to cancer survivors. This author interviews them all and explores the reasons why some survived and why others perished. Would I be one of the survivors of an airplane crash or of the Holocaust? Probably not. I don't think I'm scared enough of dying to fight for survival like others do. My main reason for wanting to husband and kids. They need me and ...more
Sherwood's journalistic background makes this a well written, well researched, and highly engaging book. You'll discover a few secrets and possibly some science to help save your life in an emergency, but if that's all you hope to gain from the book you might feel shortchanged. While there are certain traits that survivors (of all kinds of disasters) seem to share, the bottom line is that most (if not all of us) have those same traits. Nevertheless, the numerous accounts of survivors make for tr ...more
Steele Dimmock
The survival tales in here are not for the easily squeamish, stabbed in the heart with a knitting needle, burnt with acid and bridge jumping suicide (there is detail on how the ribs compress to shred your internal organs).

What I learnt from this book was:
* Blunt force trauma is the worst kind of injury to sustain
* You can smell fear, trust your senses
* Try to stay calm in a disaster and escape
* A belief in a higher power will help you survive

I also liked the motto of "hug the monster" and embrac
Lots of really fascinating accounts of inidivuals surviving the most insane events. An in-depth look into what personal character traits helped these people live when others didn't. Strategies and stats to help you improve your chances of getting out alive. Take the online survivor profiling test at and find out what your greatest survival strengths are. The stories are well written and it is easy to read. I recommend this book to all my friends.
Elie Wiesel - "Those who have not ived through the experience will never know. Those who have will never tell; not really, not completely."

"They were ordinary individuals , chosen by sheer accident of history to bear witness to one of its most awful periods. . . . The story of survivors is one of courage and strength, of people who are living proof of the indomitible will of human beings to survive and of their tremendous capacity for hope. It is not a story of remarkable people. It is a story o
An incredible book!!! I took the Survivor's Club test and learned that I am a "connector." Such an interesting and hopeful collection of stories that should be shared with anyone/everyone in your life. Reveals the strength of the human spirit along with the science and secrets (as the tag line says...) that can help save your life. Doesn't come out till january...but preorder now!!!!
Summary: What would you do if the ferry you were on overturned? What if the plane you were on started to crash? Or you were mauled by a mountain lion? Learn what these people did and what they believe led to their survival.

Why I Read This: I had been moderately interested in this title, so I put it on my iPod. Driving home from Traverse City over Labor Day, I was in the car with two people I didn't know who both liked different kinds of nonfiction, and this seemed like the best middle ground.

Although sometimes the wording was kind of hard to keep up with, The Survivors Club was full of amazing stories and facts that I would have never thought to be true. Told from the authors point of view as well as the people were featured for having suffered through the impossibles, (for example having a knitting needle struck through a person’s heart, or surviving a thirty-three thousand foot fall from an exploding airplane) the author did an amazing job with his transitions throughout the book. ...more
Randy Ross
I think the author lost his way a little on this topic. The subject matter holds some personal interest and I found it engaging initially, but there was too much redundancy overall to keep my attention. Not wanting to waste my money, I got through the whole thing... eventually.

As I neared the end though, I had an uptick in interest - as Mr.Sherwood teased a unique Survivor Profiler online exam. It sounded great - except his website no longer exists (and you need that for an
This book starts out very similar to The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why by Amanda Ripley, and covers a bit of the same territory. That is a really interesting book, by the way. After the first few chapters, however, it goes downhill fast. Ben Sherwood is one of those people who clearly doesn't understand statistics, and it shows. The last chapter of the book is dedicated to a personality test that the author guarantees us is very scientific and all. I didn't bother to ...more
Good read on the psychology of resilience and survival.
This book "unlocks the secrets of who lives and who dies and shows how you can improve your chances in virtually any crisis."

The true life stories weave throughout this book and tell a different survivor story in each case. Their will to live, smart thinking, and indomitable attitudes are truly commendable. On the flip side, there are cases of those who literally die of fright. They completely lose track of time or reason, or even their own will. They give up and die. Which category do I fall u
I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but this one really piqued my interest when I came across the description. I'm frankly surprised this book didn't get more hype than it did. And so, yes, I DO now know which is the safest seat on an airplane, and I DO now know where the best place to have a heart attack is. And I know who lives longer when comparing righties & lefties, as well as lots of other little tidbits that I found extremely interesting and eye-opening. I found the life stories the mo ...more
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Ben Sherwood is a bestselling author, award-winning journalist and founder of From 2004 to 2006, he worked as executive producer of ABC’s Good Morning America during the two most successful seasons in the program’s history. Sherwood guided prize-winning coverage of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, the devastation of hurricane Katrina, and the presidential election of 2004

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