# Friday, December 15, 2006

I just finished Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales, and would heartily recommend it to anyone who participates in any kind of outdoor or adventure activity, or anyone interested in the psychology of survial.  I was a little skeptical, since the book jacket made it sound like it was mostly case studies of survial situations.  While those certainly play a central role, the book is really more about the latest in brain science and psychology, and how that explains the way people behave when they get lost in the wilderness, or have to face other kinds of survival situations. 

Mr. Gonzales has definitely done his homework.  He's obviously spent a huge amount of time reading accident reports, and accounts by survivors, and picks out trends from both categories.  He then ties those trends back to the underlying brain science, which goes a long way toward explaining the (seemingly) irrational behavior often observed in people under stress. 

As someone who enjoys wilderness backpacking, as well as someone involved in disaster preparedness, I found this book completely fascinating. 

The book ends with a list of 12 tips for how to make it through a survival situation, which I found quite valuable.

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