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Perpetuating the fantasy of invulnerability,
This review is from: Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life (Paperback)
If you've read Strauss' other popular book, The Game, this book will look very familiar to you. It is another first-hand story of his immersion into a life-course in survivalism. Like The Game it is filled with a tremendous amount of embellishment and self-aggrandizing statements. Strauss specializes in a kind of narcissistic cult-following. The book builds him up as a super-man and then promises others that feel inadequate that they too can join his unlimited-skills club. Unfortunately, as any intelligent person that doesn't mindlessly absorb what someone tells them can see, this seeming reality is actually a fantasy. Emergency is interesting in its cursory overview of a variety of survival strategies. Will it save your life? Unlikely. Will it turn you into Jason Bourne? Definitely not. Will it turn you into a Jason Bourne-wannabe? Yes. And that basically is the essence of the book.