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The end of the world is coming. Are you going to be ready when the sh*t goes down? Here’s a quick checklist:

  1. Have you dug up your wife’s rose garden and built a fallout shelter, equipped with a prison where you can lock up annoying family members?
  2. Have you mapped out an escape route to your safe zone?
  3. Is there a vehicle of death sitting in your garage?
  4. Have you filled your go bag with all the needed instruments, including waterproof matches, postapocalyptic goggles, and at least one sexual party favor?
  5. Have you learned how to milk various types of animals, including a giraffe?

You need this book more than you even know. Without it, you’re roadkill. Lucky for you, Forrest Griffin is the perfect apocalyptic chaperone. From spotting the signs of the global downfall to alienating your loved ones now so they don’t come looking for you after, to hot-wiring a car to starting a religion in your own image, Griffin provides you with all the hot knowledge you need to survive the downfall of civilization. Simply put, this is the most important book about the apocalypse that you will ever read by a UFC fighter from Georgia.

About the Author

Forrest Griffin is one of the top-ranked light-heavyweight mixed martial artists in the world. He won the first season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2005 and has been one of the most beloved UFC fighters ever since. He is the Day man, fighter of the Night man, and champion of the sun. He is also a master of karate and friendship for everyone. But calm down, ladies, Forrest and his main squeeze, Jaime, live in Las Vegas.



Erich Krauss is a professional Muay Thai fighter and the author of more than twenty-five books, including Anderson Silva's The Mixed Martial Arts Instruction Manual: Striking. He has written for the New York Times, and is the founder and publisher of Victory Belt Publishing. He lives in Las Vegas.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061998265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061998263
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Risenburg on December 7, 2010
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I bought this book on a whim as a Christmas gift for my Husband.
It never made it to wrapping. I cracked it to read a page, and I got hooked in by a quiz about "when you eat your friend". I smiled openly (and I am female) and proceeded to read out loud the inlet of the cover.
My husband loves survival-ism, it's a happy distraction for him since he is disabled. He has a packed/stocked "bug out bag" in our house for the both of us, and our dogs.
Also, as a former fighter/Master martial artist, he loves Forrest Griffin. I hear about him being from the same state as us... never ending MMA or UFC facts.
I had no idea that this book existed, but Amazon led me to it.
THANK YOU.

Forrest Griffin made my husband smile... that alone is worth the 17 dollar price tag!
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This is definitely a book for the 14+ - 40ish guy crowd or any woman that really likes UFC. I went to a book signing on Long Island where Forrest spoke and took questions for about 45 minutes. I have to say, he is a naturally funny guy - like stand up funny with a small crowd. He has a great sense of timing and humor...which probably means he's a heck of a lot smarter than anyone realizes...making him a dangerous man to tangle with...even before the 'stuff' goes down. This is NOT a book for anyone under 14 - language and situations are for adults only.

I think he admitted that this book didn't take all that long to write, and it shows. But this isn't a book anyone is going to read for the literary value, unless they get to twenty by counting on their toes. It's a great read for anyone with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or AD/HD or ADD); Forrest throws in little 'Forrest Factoids' and 'Fortune Cookie Wisdom' paragraphs whenever the mood strikes. These paragraphs kind of act like little mental speed bumps, and they either enhance the story or sending the reader into deep thought while contemplating all the wisdom. It doesn't take that long to read either - which for me, was a blessing.

Probably the funniest thing about the book is that it actually has some good advice - like what vehicles are the best to commandeer (hint: avoid tractors), and the importance of weapons (for protecting your stuff). I could have done without the knowing that Forrest attempted to milk penguins when doing research for this book; sadly only a nuclear explosion (nearby) will erase that from my memory. I hope the penguin wasn't traumatized...or at least not as bad as Forrest when he saw a freshly killed deer stuffed into the trunk of a Lincoln Continental.

The best thing you can do is buy the book here on Amazon. I paid full price, and man, am I stupid.
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I'll admit, I wasn't really expecting much from this book as I had heard it wasn't an MMA book but I picked it up anyways. And, for the most part, it was a fun read with some laugh out loud moments. Granted, if you're looking for a serious literary piece of work, avoid this book but if you're looking for a have a good time in a neanderthal kind of way...this book is right up your alley. And...you may even learn something useful.
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It does have some truly funny parts. The author is at his best when he goes into weird tangents. But when he actually tries to do some sort of survival lessons, it comes out really flat. Maybe a few more guest authors writing about their own war machines would have helped.

I would have still given it 3 stars, except the photo spread in the middle killed it for me. The guy has a half dozen pages to fill full of photos. He could do a series of funny shots like the cover. He could do some random and strange shots. He could at least have hired a professional photographer. Instead, it appears to be a random collection of camera phone snapshots that look like they were selected at random from that guy we all know that thinks-he-is-way-more-interesting-than-he-is and posts waaaaaaay too many selfies on his Facebook page. Random photos that mean nothing to anyone that isn't the author or one of his buddies. A serious waste of the prime real estate of the book.
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I got this book a good while ago but have been a douche and not left a product review. First of all, this book is hilarious. Even when he is talking about serious issues, it's hilarious. It's very plainly written book. What I mean by that is, Griffin writes the way you would talk to someone. It's well written and has a decent flow and format but it's just not so formal. Which I believe his target audience appreciates. There are a lot of practical survivalist issues covered. It's not monotonous like other survivalist/preparedness books but between all the hilarious dick and fart jokes, it is every bit as practical. I have let a few guys read this and they loved it too. Would recommend.
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I was pretty sure I didn't want to survive an apocalypse before I read this hilarious book. Now, I'm certain of it. If I make it through the first couple of mushroom clouds, mass zombie attacks, whatever etc., I will be keeping a post-apocalyptic eye peeled for Forrest Griffin so that I can avoid him either trying to eat me or forcing me into the sevile ranks of his meglamaniac new order kingdom.
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I liked 'Got Fight?', but this book tends to ramble on just a little too long on each topic. It still has a few funny (read: stupid) moments, but I eventually gave up on this book and have come to terms with the fact that Forrest is more a fighter than a writer.
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