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“Wise is a good writer and his anecdotes are arresting…His message is hopeful: fear can be tamed.”—New Scientist
“Extreme Fear is a correlate of extreme risk – either that, or you just don’t understand the situation. Wise provides a fascinating account of how, with luck, it can be conquered by experience and self-discipline.”--BBC Focus Magazine
"This book is like an adrenaline rush--thrilling, and stimulating activity in many parts of your brain--and you will most likely find yourself occasionally pausing to set it down and take a deep breath. If you want to know exactly why this is probably a good thing to do, you can do no better than to heed Jeff Wise, who, when it comes to deconstructing the mechanisms of fear, is scary smart."—Robert Sullivan, author of Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants
Jeff Wise is a science writer, outdoor adventurer and pilot of airplanes and gliders. He is a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics, Travel + Leisure, Outside’s GO, and Fortune Small Business. He has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Details, Popular Science, National Geographic Adventure, and many others. In the course of his journalism career he has surfed in Alaska, scuba dived the South China Sea, piloted a WWII fighter plane, and mushed a dog team in Montana. He lives in New York City.
Heading for that cottage-on-the-lake or thereabouts... this title is another tome that joins my Desert Island Collection,to be sure.... Read morePublished 4 months ago by argus
Amazon was a helpful tool for me to buy books from abroad and this book was extremely useful in my life.Published 6 months ago by denise arena santana
Easy to read and interesting too! This is a topic not often written about for the general public to understand. And this time it works.Published 7 months ago by C. Delpidio
Great read. Everyone should be required to read this! They should make it mandatory in high school. My kids will read it.Published 15 months ago by mandy folman
I work in a job where stress and fear can come on very quickly at times. For a long time I've been interested in the physiological reaction of the body to stress. Read morePublished 18 months ago by K. A. Snyder
This is an insightful, interesting, refreshing, thoughful, great read. I am now looking into other books by this same writer.Published 19 months ago by georgia
This is a good primer for explaining the scientific aspects of fear (albeit written by a journalist and not a scientist), written in a way that is accessible to the layman. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Johnny K
Excellent book, I really learned a lot about fear and how the mind works, I loved the stories and hearing about how people pulled through their fear, thank you! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Carol A. Ambrose