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The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook

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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,368 ratings  ·  265 reviews
Danger! It lurks at every corner. Volcanoes. Sharks. Quicksand. Terrorists. The pilot of the plane blacks out and it's up to you to land the jet. What do you do? The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is here to help: jam-packed with how-to, hands-on, step-by-step, illustrated instructions on everything you need to know FAST-from defusing a bomb to delivering a baby in ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Chronicle Books
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Corey D.
Oct 14, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: who want guests to enjoy your bathroom
Now I doubt I'll need to know how to jump three stories into a street level dumpster, but if I do this book will have helped me.
This is a nice bathroom reader, if you really want to use this in a survival scenario it will make a nice fire starter.
Kim (magicsandwiches) Lawyer
What a great reference book to keep in the bathroom or on the coffee table! There are some sections which really are completely irrelevant, but most of it is absolutely fascinating, not to mention hilarious. What do you do if the elevator starts to plummet? How do you leap off a building into a dumpster properly? What's the best way to wrestle an alligator and can it really be done? Want to escape from killer bees? What should you do if your parachute doesn't open? How can you escape from a bad ...more
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun and enjoyable book a outrageousness that actually could come in handy if it ever, actually happened to you.
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I needed a bit of light reading - and in my case a book I could easily pick up and put down knowing that the story line would not suffer for it. This book and its companion book Travel (ok they are not linked but I decided to read them side by side anyway) fitted that requirement perfectly.

The books are separated in to subject matter chapters (since its Leap of faiths or Great escapes and entrances...). Where each chapter deals with how to's on related subjects.

In their time there were a whole
Jul 03, 2010 added it
Really good: When I bought this book, my girlfrind and some friend where making fun of me, but as soon as one of them started reading it, he couldn't let it down and everybody was reading it. It contains information that I hope I'll never need. It's funny, but at the same time the information provided was well researched.

Great for having at your coffee table, since everyone will comment on it.

I belive it might be useful also for actual surviving....
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a handy little guide to get you out of a bunch of life’s difficult situations like, dealing with a snake bite, surviving a plane crash, and even how to tell if someone is lying to you. There are plenty of other serious scenarios that are covered (75 or more), so there’s something for everybody.
This is pretty light reading that is informative and sometimes a little humorous.
I’m sure that there’s an audience for this kind of book -preppers maybe-, but this reader found most of the descri
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This handbook written by Joshua Piven was a very interesting read. Even though it was quite small, there were over 200 pages filled with different guides. I found it really helpful but I hope I will never have to use any of them. Some of the worst case scenario's and learning about what to do in the situation was pretty scary however was an eye opener. I recommend this book to everyone so that if they are in one of these situations, they know what to do.
Jan 12, 2015 added it
Shelves: non-fiction
After 2014, this is how I’m preparing in case 2015 tries to top it.

(Half fun and useful, half disappointing common sense. Like, the way to survive an avalanche is to not get trapped in an avalanche. Touché!)
Jul 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Funny stuff and maybe useful (I'd say Vin should read this, but he probably already knows it all already!)
Shane Phillips
Aug 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Horrible. I did the audiobook and Burt Reynolds was a horrible reader. SOOOOO SLOW. I sped it up to 1.5x and it just sounded like normal talking. Good news is this horrible book finished faster.
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is about what you always wanted to know about all kinds of weird life-threatening situations but were either afraid to ask - or just weren't lucky enough to lay your hands on a book like this!

If, just like me, you go about your daily chores wondering "what if"...

What if a crodile bites your hand off?
What if your car falls into a river?
What if a shark wants to eat you?
What if you get lost in a desert?

... then this is the perfect read for you.

Doesn't matter that the nearest crocodile is
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-graphic
I thought this book was very informational and amusing. As this book tells the readers various survival methods in various situations - such as how to get out of a quicksand or how to fend off predators or how to survive falling from a high place, that are verified by experts of the case, readers gain accurate information on how to survive such situations and continue their life.

I thought that, even though the chances of using most of the methods introduced in this book are very low, it is usefu
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is interesting, informative, and practical--if you ever find yourself in one of the one-in-a-million-chance-of-occurring situations that it tells you how to survive. Even if these events will probably never happen, this book still makes for an interesting read.

If I ever find myself in a situation where I have to wrestle and alligator or jump off a building into a dumpster, I will be eternally grateful to the authors of this book. It was concise and entertaining, and may, though the cha
Darion Lycksell
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Out of all the books that I have ever read this one is the most important. I can actually use facts that will help me in life situations. There are a couple of scenarios that I actually have been in since reading the book. I suggest that all people read this book or a book similar to this one. It could be the difference between life and death. I have a question though. Were the authors ever involved in any of these events. If so did they know what to do at the time? Joshua Piven did a great job ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From murderous clowns to shark attacks to malfunctioning parachutes, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is an entertaining fool-proof guide to prepare you for those times when things take a turn for the worse (or, the worst). Flipping through the pages, you will find a plethora of illustrated step-by-step instructions in full-color—quite impressive. First published in 1999, this revised edition would make a perfect gift for anyone.

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Jan 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: general
Fun, casual reading. This book quickly became popular when it came out some years ago, and I remember people talking about reading it to learn survival skills in case they might need to use them. Like the next time they're swimming through a swamp and need to fend off a pack of hungry alligators, or escape police by diving into a dumpster from three stories. My point is that it's fine, but it's fun and not meant to be a real life saver. I think. That stuff probably works and I bet it's good to k ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Worst Case Scenario Survival by Joshya Piven is more than 200 page book about things you can do to help yourself survive the worst cases.
The book is basically a bunch of tips in steps to survive things like plane crashes and getting kidnapped. I really enjoyed this book but hope i never get in any of these situations, but i found it very interesting to learn about what you can do. I think everyone should read this book because you never know when you get in abad situation and you need the s
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is a survival that helps you how to deal in horrible situations. I did like the book, not that much though, but it is definitely a great book to read if you want to be prepared for those types of situations, you never know when you are going to suffer one of these situations that the book talks about. I definitely would recommend this book to people that like camping, because there is a lot of dangers out there. I also would recommend this book to people that like to be prepared for ev ...more
I listened to this book with my boys and found it interesting and helpful! Believe it or not, we found a great number of these situations possible here in Texas... poisonous snakes, lightning, gators, jumping from a moving car. Of course some situations would not ever be possible ... jumping from a moving motorcycle to a moving car for one.
I will definitely check out the other books in this series!
Apr 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
It's another one of those coffee table books that's funny to look through. And if I'm ever in a car that has plunged into the water, or am in the midst of a shark attack, I can truthfully say that I can most likely escape these situation unscathed. This whole series of books has the difficult but praiseworthy distinction of being funny and utilitarian at the same time.
Andrea Fluty
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
How to get through piranha-infested waters? Check.
How to escape through the drywall if trapped your office restroom? Check.
How to perform an emergency tracheotemy with a ball point pen? Step aside McGyver, I'm your girl.
How to fashion an emergency menorah? Mazel tov.
I got this as a gag gift, but the advice seems pretty legit (with diagrams!) Fun read for an afternoon.

Jul 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
A fantastic and rather whimsical look at some of the more insane tight spots a person will want to get out of.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't worry, I got this.
While the totally serious topic matter - survival - might seem off-putting, this almost seems a bit light-hearted. I think that it does deserve a read (although a few sections might be less applicable today than they were when written...for instance, how to break into a car gives advice that might not help with more modern vehicles). This would be more helpful as something to use to prepare for future endeavors (say hiking or camping...might want to read up on how to escape from a bear or a moun ...more
Alex Telander
Jan 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Ever wonder how to treat a snakebite? How about when you lock your keys in your car and you wonder if you might be able to break into it somehow? And the dos and don’ts of a tourniquet – what are they?

All this and so much more is explained in the small, comfortable, pocket-sized, handy-dandy The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, by writers Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht.

This nice, yellow book is only 176 pages long, with easily understandable writing and clear diagrams of what to do in s
Sarah Darling
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

How do you do it?

In my english class we our obligated to read a book however, I hate reading. I came along reading The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by David Borgenicht and Joshua Piven because I love learning how to do hands on work and figuring things out.
I'm so glad I picked this book. It's always interesting because the topic of the book constantly changes. Need to know how to hijack a car? Want to ran away from someone who's shooting at you? Do you have trouble trying to break door
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was cleaning our my hard drive and found a review I wrote in 2000 for a website for self-employed creative types. It mostly holds up!
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“The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook” by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht is just the thing to have on your desk when you discover the check was not in the mail or the printer can not deliver the job on time or you do not have a back-up of that critical, but hopelessly corrupted, file.

After all, why not save that painful churning in your gut for
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Genre: Intructional Guide

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook

This book was about real-random situations that a human could possibly be caught in and tells you the smartest and the best intrustions to help you get out/ deal with the problem FAST!
What I really enjoyed about this book is that it tells you what NOT to do. I think it is really amusing but helpful. Some of the situations are quite absurd though. for example on page #84 " How to leap from a motorcycle to a car." Noboy would actua
Dec 07, 2018 added it
This is a funny, informative, entertaining handbook for anyone who follows politics, for aspiring politicians who need quick answers to the latest crisis, and the current or aspiring political pundit who needs to quickly understand the dirty business of politics in the 21st Century. The title marks this volume as one of a series of books offering advice on how to cope with the many challenges of modern living – from dating and sex, to work, to parenting, and on and on. In little more than 250 pa ...more
Nov 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Random, I know. Someone at work left this in the “Free” box and I decided it looked interesting so I grabbed it. It contains a bunch of little sections with illustrations, bullet point explanations, and explanatory paragraphs about a variety of things such as “How to Break Down a Door”, “How to Land a Plane”, “How to Leap from a Motorcycle to a Car”, and (if that fails) “How to Jump from a Moving Car”. You know, every-day practical kinds of things. Obviously I hope I would never have to use any ...more
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Josh Piven is a television writer and producer, speechwriter, playwright, and the author or co-author of more than twenty non-fiction and humor books, including the worldwide best-selling The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series.

He wrote the teleplay and serves as producer of Don The Beekeeper, a half-hour children’s TV show about honeybees and urban beekeeping. His most recent stage play,

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