- File Size: 1144 KB
- Print Length: 337 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (January 24, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 24, 2013
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008EKMCDQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Disaster Diaries: One Man's Quest to Learn Everything Necessary to Survive the Apocalypse Kindle Edition
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"Though it's a work of nonfiction, The Disaster Diaries explores every catastrophic disaster, from floods and earthquakes to sci-fi scenarios like zombie infections and escaping giant alien monsters, and asks experts around the world exactly what preparations are needed. Sheridan uncovers survival skills (first aid, hunting in the wilderness, firing a gun) as well as some craftier tricks (hot-wiring a car, constructing an igloo). But The Disaster Diaries isn't instructional. The apocalypse schemes serve as a lens that allows Sheridan to explore the limits of the human body and psyche and how physical and mental strength are inexplicably linked... at least when the apocalypse does arrive, I can take comfort that Sam Sheridan will survive, to continue the existence of the human race and smartly researched nonfiction books."
"Sheridan understands exactly what he is doing. He is giving readers a fantasy ride… And clearly, he enjoys the ride himself, savoring every moment, both physically and intellectually… Postapocalyptic heroism, in the hands of Sam Sheridan, is just plain fun."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"Sheridan ain't no slacker… [He] is a writer first, second and third. Despite being a man willing to learn the intricacies of bodybuilding and accept his role in protecting his family, it's Sheridan's voice that sets his book apart from the usual survival fluff… can appeal to the Everyman and the intellectual all at once."
"Sheridan is a charming storyteller, and his prose is both thoughtful and playful... An upbeat and entertaining survival guide for the end of the world."
—Kirkus (starred review)
"Although this would make a great title for a postapocalyptic novel, Sheridan's book is actually a nonfiction guide to preparing yourself for natural disasters and other catastrophes. The author, a Harvard grad who's been an EMT, a merchant marine, and a boxer—among many other adventurous endeavors—takes us step by step through the process, beginning with the fundamentals: getting physically fit and learning how to handle stress. From there we move, in logical sequence, to more intricate tasks: preparing an emergency disaster kit, learning to protect ourselves in the event of violent encounters (hand-to-hand combat training; learning how to fire a gun), acquiring basic medical skills, planning a strategy to get out of the disaster area, and so on. But this is no mere guide to surviving disaster; it's also the author's personal account of learning to prepare for catastrophe. Sheridan doesn't merely recommend; he shows by example, describing his own experiences while taking the Wilderness EMT program. A clever and very useful guide to getting ready to face the unknown."
"With a funky sense of humor blended with straight-faced common sense, [Sheridan] not only addresses the long-term psychological trauma of disaster but adds the importance of learning basic first-aid techniques, firearms training, knife skills, hunting and living in the wild, and expertise behind the wheel for a real world escape and survival. As a quirky survivalist primer, Sheridan's work spells out how to stay alive when the world goes topsy-turvy."
"Sam Sheridan seems to have a tough time sleeping—and we are all the better for it. He has taken his recurring nightmares about a zombie apocalypse in L.A.—rendered in grippingly real, heart-pounding scenes of narrow escape throughout—and turned them into inspiration for a real-life end-of-the-world practical survival guide, as he seeks out expert instruction in knife fighting, gun battle, hot-wiring a car, making an igloo, caring for the sick in a world without hospitals. The Disaster Diaries is the book you want in your basement with the batteries and water, a must-have if the world outside ever starts to look like The Road."
—Kevin Conley, author of Stud: Adventures in Breeding and Full Burn: On the Set, at the Bar, Behind the Wheel, and Over the Edge with Hollywood Stuntmen
"Framed by far-out fictional vignettes like zombie infestation and alien invasions, The Disaster Diaries traces a real-world escape path, exploring survival skills from stunt driving a car out of harm's way to dealing with long-term psychological trauma. Sheridan's matter-of-fact tone is informational and gripping, and he never descends into a paranoid, 'us or them' tone. Ultimately, learning to live through an apocalypse is about learning to be a human being; it takes an appetite for knowledge, the ability to cooperate, and most of all, adaptability. Anyone who thinks humankind is getting soft should read this book—no matter what happens, it's clear that some of us will survive."
—Daniel Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Amped, Robopocalypse, and How to Survive a Robot Uprising --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Why this is such a rare idea in the "prepper" community is beyond me: how else did human beings survive wars, pandemics, Black Deaths, Ice Ages, nuclear mutually assured destruction, etc.? Isn't our ability to combine our efforts with complex language, abstract strategic thought, and social empathy the very thing that has made homo sapien the most successful apex predator on the planet (for better or for worse)?
Read on and enjoy one man's down-to-earth, funny, affecting journey through more life-skills than Tim Ferris could shake a bulletproof coffee at!
This book is a lot of fun to read. The fictional disaster scenarios that bookend the chapters are, well, variable. He kind of lost me with the zombies and aliens stuff, but the other bookends resonated well. The individual chapters are well-researched and well-written. I know several of the people he interviewed and he writes accurate descriptions of them. The things that makes this work stand out are (1) Sheridan is clear about his motivations -he wants to know this stuff so that he can protect his family in a crisis, and (2) his sense of humor. A lot of survival book are scare-mongering. "Society is going to collapse overnight and we will have to eat our neighbors, fend off ravening hordes of urban poor, run for the hills and live the rest of our days in a bunker. (But you will survive if you read my book)." This, of course, is fantasy, and Sheridan makes that crystal clear in the final chapter. The very fact that so many people gave their time to teach him weight lifting, bushcraft, marksmanship and all the rest shows that society endures. He is right on the mark about the importance of self-reliance and our need to think carefully about concentrating so many of us in cities with vulnerable infrastructure. This is a thoughtful work by a promising writer. It might not have been my wisest of choices of what to read in the midst of a global pandemic, but it I enjoyed it. I look forward to learning to what Sheridan will write about next.
I think the actual survival information content read more a creative list of what you should cover as a prepper and what the course will entail, but it is far from the actual course itself. It read more as inspiration to go out there to learn and then focused more on Mr. Sheridan's personal journey going through these courses.
I would recommend this book for beginning preppers as a guideline on what they could learn and the last chapter. I would recommend this book for more advanced preppers as a fun read, discover few areas they might not have thought about, and for the last chapter. Okay I'll admit it, the last chapter kind of caught me off guard and I really liked it. It brought everything back down to earth and shed a light that most preppers I have ran into seems to be missing.
This is a fun book to read.
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I am not a "zombie apocalypse guy" in any way but found this book very good. It basically gives you an idea of what you could expect if society were to fall apart and what skills you would need. Sheridan does a great job of isolating these things and talking to experts on the subjects.
Very interesting and enjoyable.