- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (October 14, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393346633
- ISBN-13: 978-0393346633
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience Paperback – October 14, 2013
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“Excellent . . . an education for those wishing to be of use in a stressful, often frightening world.”
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About the Author
Laurence Gonzales is the author of Surviving Survival, Flight 232 and the bestseller Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. He has won two National Magazine Awards and is a scholar at the Sante Fe Institute. He divides his time between Evanston, Illinois, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Top customer reviews
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.
The book "Surviving Survival is NOT a rehash of his previous book "Deep Survival" despite the erroneous description by some reviewers. Surviving Survival reviews and then discusses the aftermath of some of the survival stories of "Deep Survival" but explores how those survivors overcame their trauma. Furthermore, "Surviving Survival" introduces many new survival stories not discussed in "Deep Survival."
Laurence has a terrific conclusion to his book "Surviving Survival" with not just one but two chapters on the lessons to be learned from the survivors overcoming the trauma of their survival. Chapter 14 discusses the conclusions made by the Terman Grant Study. Chapter 15 then discusses Laurence's strategies of overcoming the trauma of survival.
I will quickly summarize the lessons learned from the Terman Study because another reviewer "Deb" does a great job of summarizing Chapter 15. The Study offered the following steps to overcome trauma of:
1. Acknowledge fear, rage, sadness, but then use those emotions to move into a seeking mode.
2. Think, analyze, and plan.
3. Know what you have and what you want.
4. Act on you plan.
5. Celebrate your successes.
6. Count you blessing
7. Play and have fun.
8. See the beauty in life.
9. Believe that you can influence events to a certain extent and not adopt a victim mentality.
10. Let go of your fears, move forward, and trust the process.
11. Do whatever I necessary to make that move happen.
12. Never give up.
I will quickly conclude that "Surviving Survival" provides valuable practical advice for living, but also provides spiritual and philosophical satisfaction to the reader. Laurence again provides a book to enrich and ensure your life.
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.