Laura's Reviews > The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why

The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley
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Sep 15, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction
Read in September, 2008

I really loved this book. Her writing reminds me of Malcolm Gladwell -- very accessible science and psychology mixed in with fascinating anecdotes. She goes through the different steps of being faced with a disaster--from 9/11 and fires to hostage situations and plane crashes -- and explores how and why people react the way they do. Reading this will forever change my behavior in planes (I'm reading and re-reading those escape instructions) and hotels (find the staircases, people).

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message 1: by Alicia (new)

Alicia oh dear, this sounds like a book I should *not* read! Or I'll end up bringing a gas mask and cans of nonperishables with me everywhere I go.

Laura That's the weird thing about it though--it doesn't really depress you. (Except for the part about stampedes--yikes!) It just makes you want to be *that* much more aware of your surroundings--to put yourself through escape drills and such--so that these things are part of your subconscious. So that if anything ever happens, you'll just act, rather than hesitate and think. It makes you want to be the smart person in a crisis.

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