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The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook Paperback – October 1, 1999
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Though it's being marketed as a humorous title--after all, it's unlikely you'll be called upon to land a plane, jump from a motorcycle to a moving car, or win a swordfight--the information contained in The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is all quite sound. Authors Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht consulted numerous experts in their fields (they're cited at the end of the book) to discover how to survive various and sundry awful events. Parachute doesn't open? Your best bet for survival is to hook your arms through the straps of a fellow jumper's chute--and even then you're likely to dislocate both shoulders and break both legs. Car sinking in water? Open the window immediately to equalize pressure, then open the car door and swim to the surface. Buried in an avalanche? Spit on the snow--it will tell you which direction is really up. Then dig as fast as you can.
Each survival skill is explained in simple steps with helpful illustrations. Most stress the need to be prepared--both mentally and physically. For example, to escape from quicksand, you will need to lay a pole on the surface of the quicksand, flop on your back atop the pole, and pull your legs out one by one. No pole? No luck. "When walking in quicksand country, carry a stout pole--it will help you get out should you need to."
Hopefully you'll never need to know how to build a fire without matches, perform a tracheotomy, or treat a bullet wound. But in the words of survival evasion resistance escape instructor "Mountain" Mel Deweese, "You never know." --Sunny Delaney
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Top Customer Reviews
How to fend off a shark attack? How to jump from a five story building into a dumpster? How to survive a hostage situation? I have to ask myself...who in the world (outside the Navy SEALS) needs to KNOW this stuff? Well, heck, not me. But I LOVED reading this book.
This book DOES have some critical information in it that everyone should have learned in grade school but too many of us forget; practical stuff like tornado safety, fire escape, or how to avoid being hit my lightning.
Most of us daydream occasionally about a life with more excitement and adventure. And who hasn't wondered about how one would survive a several hundred foot plunge into a river al la "The Fugitive"? And how much training (and insanity) did it take to become that guy on "The Crocodile Hunter"? The one thing that I wonder most about all this is who these "experts" are who came up with the information on, say, "jumping off a five story building into a dumpster". How do they know how to escape a mountain lion attack or the best way to ram a car out of one's way or how to dodge a bullet? Trial and error? The mind boggles.
Hopefully, no one reading this book will ever have to actually use it. In spite of the scare factor, however (or perhaps because of it), this is one VERY interesting, fascinating, funny book, and great for passing around at parties. It has a "you have GOT to be kidding me" factor that is just fantastic.
In any case, the Worst Case Scenario Calendar is so amazingly, marvellously surreal, you have to own it just for the cachet factor. And frankly, its as close as I EVER want to get to this kind of `adventure".
How to take a headpunch, how to wrestle an alligator/shark, how to avoid gunfire, how to escape quicksand, how to land a plane, how to jump out of a moving car, how to get onto a moving freight train and how to survive a sinking automobile (my contribution) are but a few of the entertainingly written and illustrated topics.
What guy, sitting in a darkened theater watching Arnold, Sly or John Wayne for that matter, hasn't wondered "How would I get out of (or survive) that situation?" This book answers them all!
I purchased several copies for male friends and family members who I know all secretly want to go on a search and destroy mission with Chuck Norris or dig for buried treasure with Indiana Jones.
Though all joking aside, there are important things written in this book that everyone should know how to do. Like escape from a sinking car, deal with down power lines, ecsape bears; mountain lions; and bees, and of course; identify a bomb. It is a lovely travel size, perfect to stuff in your backpack or purse. (It would be assumed you'd read it BEFORE heading out... It would be rather awkard trying to hit the alligator and read at the same time...)
Thankfully, one should never really need such information, but should such a tradgey arise, at least you would have been prepared! I do not recomend to live (or die) by this handbook, but if you ever just wanted to know how to survive if your chute doesn't open...
Other than that, the authers attack the subject with humor and jovaility in such a way that makes it a good read whether you ever need the advice or not!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't take this book serious. But it is fun to read. I hope I never need to know how to deliver a baby or escape from a shark, but it was very entertaining. Read morePublished 26 days ago by RD4
i honestly feel like i can walk out of my house now. Anxiety is gone. What a life saver.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
By way of review, allow me to share the "thank you" note I wrote my sister today, concerning this book ...
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This is everyday kind of Survival. Son & Dad both learned a few new things!!Published 3 months ago by APM
Everybody in my family has one of these. Junior editions are available. Very interesting.Published 4 months ago by Ruthie
Cute book but it's small. Like 3 in x 4 in and i may be over estimatingPublished 6 months ago by kelsey