From School Library Journal
YA-Even someone who considers walking through the mall parking lot to be an outdoor experience will find this book hard to put down. In addition to the usual-and some unusual-survival guidelines, which incorporate the latest discoveries about the body's reaction to extreme conditions, it offers true stories of survival as well as numerous "sight bites" that both inform and entertain. The book is divided into three main sections: major threats (cold, thirst, snakes, etc.); hostile environments (e.g., desert, jungle, mountains); and how science can aid in survival (food gathering, preparing for weather conditions). The author's explanations of physiological responses are useful. Both exhaustive and eminently readable, this title is also useful for biology and earth science project ideas.Judy McAloon, Potomac Library, Prince William County, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Surviving diving accidents, shipwrecks, desert hikes, avalanches, jungle travel, and other hazards is possible, according to Maniguet, who offers a large body of supporting advice, factual evidence, and true-adventure tales. Lists of myths precede his facts and amazing survival stories. He offers charts that delineate types of vaccines, medicines, snow, sharks, and snakes. His blend of anecdotes and how-to makes this a fascinating book for the armchair traveler as well as an essential guide for the daring one, whether camper or polar explorer. Denise Perry Donavin