June 3, 2012

Review - The Ultimate Survival Manual (Rich Johnson)

When disaster strikes, time is of the essence. The people who survive are those who know what to do ... they have their earthquake kits packed, their travel essentials saved, their family prepared, and their cars gassed up and ready to go. Everyone wants to believe that they are that person—the one who would prevail whether they found themselves facing a tornado, an angry bear, or a revolution in a third-world country. Filled with clear, concise instructions, helpful diagrams, essential checklists, and inspirational first-person stories, this book is a fascinating armchair read that might just save the reader’s life. Sprinkled throughout are real-life “extreme survival” stories of amazing feats (“I Punched a Tiger in the Face!”) that inform and entertain. Even if the most terrifying thing you’ve ever survived is a traffic jam on the 205, this book is a must-read. This book will feature disaster survival scenarios in a number of international situations.

If you're reading this review that means you must be alive. Congratulations! You are already following the Number One Rule for survival - Staying Alive! In his book The Ultimate Survival Manual Rich Johnson offers a comprehensive guide that will prepare you for all those pesky eventualities such as being mauled by a bear, finding yourself in a workplace shooting or making it through a mud slide.
Packed into four big chapters - Essentials, Wilderness, Disaster, Urban - this short yet informative guide gives knowledgeable advice on many likely, or not so likely, situations you could one day be faced with. What I immediately liked about this book was the humorous undertone. No harm in keeping the spirits up with some jokes when faced by a hungry bear, right?
Though obviously, when lives are at risk, the most important thing is to know what to do, or what not to do (playing McGuyer is usually not a good idea). Complemented with photos and illustrations, there is plenty of background information included too (who would have thought that not all bears are equally scary). Additionally you'll find case studies as well as life-threatening situations which the author himself lived through. The result is a well balanced mix of insights into survival techniques for pretty much every harmful and dangerous situation that can put a life at risk.
In short: Know what's happening. Prioritize. Devise a plan. Go to work. But first read this book!

4/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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