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The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook (The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbooks)

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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
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Published May 1st 2001 by Listen & Live Audio (first published January 1st 1999)
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Corey D.
Oct 14, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun and enjoyable book a outrageousness that actually could come in handy if it ever, actually happened to you.
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
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....
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Funny stuff and maybe useful (I'd say Vin should read this, but he probably already knows it all already!)
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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!
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
A fantastic and rather whimsical look at some of the more insane tight spots a person will want to get out of.
Marvin Gonzalez
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book
Ellen Marquis-Boutin
Have you ever wondered how to deliver a baby? Or how to survive in the line of gunfire? Or even how to jump from a motorcycle to a car? Joshua Piven gives step to step instructions and tips on how to handle several worst case scenarios, in his book The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. Unlike novels, this book gives you very important and useful skills on how to live through several different life threatening situations. In all of its different categories on different situations you will fi ...more
Elly Alexander
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is a must-read for non-fiction lovers that want to know some random yet helpful life skills. From surviving a shark attack to delivering a baby in a taxi-cab, this handbook has literally everything you need to know in an emergency. Even though it is unlikely that you will be in any of these situations, it is interesting to read about handling emergencies. The only critique I have is that some particular sections are not as interesting as others. How To O ...more
Emma Bunyea
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven is an informative piece about tough spots and how to get out of them. Did I ever see myself getting into those spots? Heck no! But did my inner adventurer convince me that I needed to learn how to survive a shark attack, deliver a baby in a taxicab, jump from a motorcycle into a moving vehicle, what to do if my parachute doesn't open, and even if my air runs out of my oxygen tank while diving yes, yes it did. So if you ever think you migh ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised that reading this book gave me anxiety at times. I’m a very visual reader, so some of situations became all too real in my head. It’s no wonder they reiterate that your mental state is the most important key to survival. Some of the content was something I’d consider more “common knowledge,” but overall it offered a lot of tactics I wasn’t aware of (and hopefully will never have to use). The chapters “The Best Defence” and “Adventure Survival” were probably the most interesting t ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
I love this book because it has really good facts that I will probably use in my life time. It is also very interesting to read because some of the things I have been told to do are now being questioned in the name of this book, and I believe the book.
Heather Dettore
I didn't find much of this book helpful, but I'm just one person. It may be more beneficial to someone in the corporate workforce.
Eva Pimentel
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Funny. I wish I remember all these things when an event on that book happen to me.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bit of a false review, as this book is a 5 when you need it, but a 1 if you don't!😉
Raven L.
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
Not enough info to be practical and not enough humor to be overly funny. But it does make a good gag gift for the prepper we all know, or are.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a bit out-of-date, but good nonetheless.
Hans Ostrom
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: survival
Compulsive worriers, this is the book for you (for us).
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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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