- File Size: 459 KB
- Print Length: 318 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (October 17, 2004)
- Publication Date: October 17, 2004
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0028Z4LUU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,965 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why: Who Lives, Who Dies and Why Kindle Edition
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In the end, he boils it down to the following rules of adventure: perceive, believe, then act—intelligence is a matter of “guessing well.” Avoid impulsive behavior; don’t hurry. Know your stuff—a deep knowledge of the world may save your life. Get the information you need for the activity you plan to engage in. Commune with the dead—meaning, understand how other people got into trouble and why they died. And most importantly, be humble. Embrace the beginner’s mind. A Navy Seal commander stated that “the Rambo types are the first to go.”
The author has a touch of braggadocio as he flaunts the reckless courage (or foolishness) he has exercised in his lifetime. But, I suppose, "It ain't braggin' if you done it."
I'm very glad to have read it. It has helped me see my past and present actions in a more detailed filter of "the right stuff" that all Achievers grasp for. And he inadvertently affirms many biblical or proverbial truths about a godly spirit, a spirit that simultaneously stretches for the stars, but exerts no grip on his actions. A state of being that is both intentional and Laissez Faire, or spirit led. It reveals a Zen like attitude of loving the very substance of your present state for the beauty that can be found there, and in the act of loving rather than fearing or dreading, anguish flees and creativity is borne. This is the very essence of a converted heart, a heart in tune with God, dead to self, alive to the spirit. This book channels these notions.
A pleasurable read.
Top international reviews
I have been disappointed by this book:
- the writing style is bad in my opinion: the author uses a lot of specific vocabulary to sound "cool", like fighter pilot vocabulary, but it makes him difficult to understand. Breaking news: i am not a fighter pilot. Don't talk to me as if i'm one, please.
- It is badly structured: it goes in circles from example to theory to same example to same theory, with no sense of progression. At page 40, i have only learned that emotions will make me stupid in case of emergency. Thanks, but that's precisely what i want to avoid. Maybe teach me before i have to read every last word of your bad prose?
To sum it up: i found the writing annoying, and the content difficult to assimilate from lack of structure
But, you can learn some good lesson from it nonetheless.
Please, someone rewrite this book cutting off all the unnecessary part. (90-95%)
Very well written, Gonzales writes in an engaging and lively style, delivering stunning heart stopping real life drama.
Get this book, you're gonna love it.