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Survival: How to Prevail in Hostile Environments Hardcover – January, 1994

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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.

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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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File (January 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816025185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816025183
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,709,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This author seperates fiction from facts about survival. He provides captivating real stories about survival situations in all the arenas of the world. What people did right and what they did wrong. Above or below water, desert or desert island, jungle, mountains, snow and ice, look here for expert advice covering major threats, hostile environments, science and survival. The author is a physician and well known author in his native France, where this book was a bestseller.
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By Joel Fink on March 28, 2011
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This book is an interesting read with both anecdotes and technical references that keep the reader interested enough to finish it. I came away much better informed of the limits of my body in hostile environments and what I can do to maximize my chances of survival in a real world event. I will note that I have no expertise in survival or medicine, though I've a reasonable understanding of the basics of physics and biology along with a close to the source rural upbringing. Maniguet's book was recommended to me and I recommend it to others.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gulhan Coban on May 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book explains in detail all aspects of survival and helps you to understand with real life anecdotes. One of the books that never seems to end. Highly's a small price to pay...
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