Colin's Reviews > Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death

Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
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Apr 20, 09

really liked it

See I told you that Playboy has talented writers who produce excellent articles. Thankfully, Gonzales took time away and wrote this book.

This book represents what "adventure" books and stories should be. That means no crap from Stallone or Bruckheimer.

Deep Survival explains the science and philosophy behind what does and does not work in dire circumstances. He deftly switches from biochemical/brain reactions to harrowing tales of (non)survivors. Not only could you apply the lessons in this book to your next hike, you could apply the lessons to any difficult life situation.

He even weaves in his own personal/family story of survival, which was interesting.

The only reason why this dropped to a 4-Star rating was because the irony of describing "Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why" ultimately arrives at a major answer: pure chance. Summbitch.


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