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Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, authors of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, live life on the edge in the wilds of Philadelphia.
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Product Details

  • Series: Worst Case Scenario
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Har/Cdr edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811861368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811861366
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do you feel your child is about to go into the world without all the "necessary" skills? Do you feel your loved one isn't adequately prepared to face life's most daunting challenges? Have you ever wondered what to do if you're stuck on a raising drawbridge? Are you so paranoid that you look for an escape to every situation? If you answered yes to any and/or all of these questions, then buy this book, NOW! This is your bible to every worst-case situation that life may throw at you, and more.

But don't think this is strictly a humor book, and sure it may contain some of that, like how to escape from a costumed character/mascot, or you should escape a meeting by crawling under the table, but there's plenty of serious entries to go along. For example, if your elevator is plummeting, something I fear all the time, then you should lie flat on your stomach to distribute the force. They do go to experts for many of these entries, and although I wouldn't like to test any of them, I'm sure they're pretty useful in the situation.

It's the best-of the long-time series, sure to help with most any predicament you may find yourself in. And for further reference, this edition contains a CD with ever scenario, in full, complete with a few wallpapers and screensavers for good measure. Just be warned, every scenario is in Adobe Acrobat format, which I hate since it's such a difficult program to navigate.

Overall, you can't go wrong in giving this as a gift to somebody, whether you're giving it to them for practical or enjoyment purposes. I highly recommend it for any rainy day, paranoid people, or anybody who just ever wondered what to do if... well, you get the point.
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Although the book has loads of useful/interesting/obscure information, some of it may not be appropriate for young boys or girls. The book definitely has helpful information that can be useful to know in certain situations; however, there are other parts of the book that tell how to "pad" (i.e. lie, which is not appropriate for anyone...) about your resume, where to hide bribe money during a riot (e.g. "in your crotch"), and issues regarding sex and reproduction. Although my son enjoyed a lot of the book, I find that some of these issues (e.g. how to deal with "wedding night jitters" and the "birds and the bees speech") are not appropriate for him to read about on his own (yet). Parents, as always, should be involved in what their kids are reading, and this book is no exception. I am writing this to help other parents to be alert to issues raised and covered in this book.
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I have a nephew who is into "survival" stuff, so I thought this would be a fun gift for him last Christmas. What I didn't realize is that some of the things in the book are not really appropriate for a 14 year old. His parents were not at all happy with me. :( For example, there's a chapter on how to tell if a breast is real or implants. While my nephew actually got a big kick out of it, and I suspect he and his friends may already talk about that stuff. But I really should have looked through it first and run it by his parents before giving it as a gift.
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My wife and I are the survivalist types- we stock food, ammunition, water and medical supplies, we keep our kids fit and teach them useful skills etc... I bought this book because it came up on a search and since there weren't too many reviews, or even a detailed listing, I thought it was another survivalist book. When I opened the book, I was surprised, pleasantly, that it was not. The book format is similar to one of those "quote of the day" desk calenders, and it doesn't seem to have much of a cohesive theme to it, just a bunch of quasi-useful information scattered across a few hundred pages. The topics included instructions for peeing in a moving vehicle, tactful communication with your wife/girlfriend, how to make a toast at a party, how to avoid getting canned, avoiding being mauled by a dog, and how to crash land a plane on water. I imagine the narrator as Michael, the character in the show "The Office." It almost reads as if the information is meant to be taken seriously, but it's so wrong that it's funny. If I had known this book fell under the humor category, I probably wouldn't have picked it up, but I'm glad I did because I can depend on getting a laugh when I need one every time I open this one up. Definitely will look to buy more for gifts for my friends on birthdays.
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This fascinating little book is a collection of How-To tips that could mean the difference between survival and a rather unpleasant demise. The authors rounded up the suggestions of a group of experts in their respective fields, and organized them by subject. Everything is covered here from How to Escape from a Sinking Car, through How to Escape from a Bear, How to Deliver a Baby in a Taxicab, to How to Survive When Lost in the Mountains.

On the surface this book might seem like a book of useless trivia, but such is not the case. In fact, only this past summer, in the city of Joliet, a Chicago couple took a wrong corner and took a dead-end street into a river. If only they had seen the section on escaping from a sinking car.

In all seriousness, this book does contain useful information that everyone should probably read at least once in his or her lifetime.
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