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Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience Hardcover – September 10, 2012
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Laurence does a brilliant job of putting the reader in the moment. The most poignant story for me in this book is that of a Holocaust survivor. I've read many accounts in the past, but this is so raw and painful and riveting and so deeply personal that I literally had to put the book down in the middle of it and walk away for several hours before I could continue reading.
I wish that every person enduring divorce, or suffering the loss of a loved one, who's battling cancer, or coping with traumatic injury or stress, could read this book. It is both sobering in its intensity, and a soothing balm in terms of leading you through the coping mechanisms and survival journey of others. Masterfully written is an over-used term, but in this case I can't think of a better fit. Thank you Laurence for this fabulous book.
This book is aptly titled -- it is about how we survive surviving -- but make no mistake this is no dull science read, rather a compelling collection of tales from everyday people faced with situations that are beyond horrifying. It's written with compassion, grace and honesty. Bravo to Laurence Gonzales. This is destined to be a classic.
"It is nearly impossible to live a full life without trauma. It may not be a shipwreck or war. It might be a husband who tries to kill you. It could be a bear that tears off half of your face. It might be cancer. But all such events share a dramatic quality that seems irresistible to the storyteller within us.
[These] stories always end like this: Just when Debbie and Brad seem doomed, the Russian freighter heaves into view and they are rushed to the hospital. Music up. Roll credits. Then they all live happily ever after. Offstage, of course.
But let's put the players back on stage and see what happens next."
The above extract is found in the prologue of this interesting and powerful book by Laurence Gonzales. He is a journalist and author.
This book is about coping and resilience AFTER a major trauma. In many cases, trauma or crisis survivors suffer more AFTER the trauma than they did during the actual trauma.
The author in each chapter describes the actual life-threatening experience that a person has survived (these alone makes for compelling reading) and how that person has coped in the aftermath of that experience.
Along the way (and I found this really interesting), Gonzales delves into several topics such as neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and biochemistry.
The last two chapters are entitled "The science of adaptation" and "The rules of life." These chapters put together all that was mentioned in the beginning chapters into precise and concise packages.
Finally, there is a two-page "Author's Note" at the end of the book. Here, the author tells us among other things what's going on now with all the survivors mentioned in this book.Read more ›
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Worse book I ever read. Author deal with his Zen and Buddha thought process's and a bunch of psychological mumbo jumbo.Published 4 months ago by Mark
Having read, Laurence Gonzalez earlier book Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why I had to wonder what more he could possibly have to say about survival but this book... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Julian Talbot
This is the book I was needing after a series of trauma's had left me fairly numb. Reading (other stories) about how people get through astounding accidents and thrive doesn't... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cousteau
I read this book like a daily meditation Surviving survival and all hi books are part of a team of books that inspire me to have hope, curiosity and most important a sense of a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another excellent read. I also bought this book for my teacher's reference library, after starting it from the library, .Published 12 months ago by Michael Mintzer