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The Survivors Club by Ben Sherwood
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Feb 10, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: firstreads
Recommended for: Everyone!
Read in February, 2009

Very interesting read. The majority of the book focuses on Sherwood recounting amazing stories of survival from individuals as varied as Nando Parrado (he of the Andes plane crash immortalized in "Alive") to the Central Park Jogger, to somewhat less famous individuals. The stories are riveting and compelling and it makes the book go by very quickly. After each survival story, Sherwood provides a bit of analysis and insight as to why these people were able to survive these tragedies and crises. Sherwood insists that all of us have within us the ability to survive a crisis; we simply have to become more aware of the skills necessary (including resilience, love and optimism). The second part of the book invites you to the website to take a quiz and find out what sort of survivor you would be and which characteristics are your strongest. At first, I was a bit apprehensive about signing on to the site and taking the quiz. It felt a bit too gimmicky, like Sherwood was really trying to milk this notion for all its worth. However, once I signed on, I was surprised. The quiz was really interesting and though I haven't fully explored the website, it seems much more interesting than I originally thought it would be. Hopefully, my feeble memory will be able to retain some of the important notions that I need to remember to survive in a crisis.

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message 1: by Matt (new)

Matt please xplain this firstreads thing i am fascinated.

Sarah you have not ever noticed the firstreads on the site? you can enter to win advance copies of books.

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