The Survivors Club
The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life
By Ben Sherwood
(Grand Central Publishing, Hardcover, 9780446580243, 400pp.)
Publication Date: January 2009
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THE SURVIVORS CLUB
Each second of the day, someone in America faces a crisis, whether it's a car accident, violent crime, serious illness, or financial trouble. Given the inevitability of adversity, we all wonder: Who beats the odds and who surrenders? Why do some people bound back and others give up? How can I become the kind of person who survives and thrives?
The fascinating, hopeful answers to these questions are found in THE SURVIVORS CLUB. In the tradition of Freakonomics and The Tipping Point, this book reveals the hidden side of survival by combining astonishing true stories, gripping scientific research, and the author's adventures inside the U.S. military's elite survival schools and the government's airplane crash evacuation course.
With THE SURVIVORS CLUB, you can also discover your own Survivor IQ through a powerful Internet-based test called the Survivor Profiler. Developed exclusively for this book, the test analyzes your personality and generates a customized report on your top survivor strengths.
There is no escaping life's inevitable struggles. But THE SURVIVORS CLUB can give you an edge when adversity strikes.
Award-winning journalist Ben Sherwood is a former broadcast producer for NBC Nightly News and executive producer of Good Morning, America. In addition, he is a bestselling author whose novel The Man Who Ate the 747 was published in 13 languages. He lives with his wife and son in Los Angeles.
"Experience the wisdom of people who improbably survived the abyss of death. What do they wish they had known before they survived the ordeal, and what is your Survivors IQ? You will want to know the answers that could save your life."
-Mehmet Oz, MD
"The book is absolutely fantastic. If you haven't read The Survivors Club, you have to...Ben Sherwood talked to survivors of every possible crisis situation from a woman being eaten by a lion to an economic collapse. How did they survive? You will find yourself in there and gain an awful lot of hope."
-The Glenn Beck Show, Fox News
"Ben Sherwood has given voice to what we all wonder. Would I make it? Do I have what it takes to survive -- and what does it take, by the way? The answers are all here in riveting stories, scientific research, good luck, and Ben's own travels into the world of learning of how to survive when death is this close."
" A must-read."
-The New York Times
"Four Stars. It's difficult to pass up a book whose prologue opens with, "First they tell you not to panic and then they try to drown you.'...The Survivors Club will be particularly appealing to those who liked (Malcom Gladwell's) Outliers -- and those who were awed by US Airways Capt. Chelsey Sullenberger's skill in crash-landing his bird-crippled plane in the Hudson River in a manner thatenabled all on board to survive."
-Detroit Free Press
A rare combination of superb storytelling and practical value. If you do nothing more than read this remarkable book, that alone will improve your chances of prevailing in life's toughest challenges.
-Gavin de Becker, NYT bestselling author of The Gift of Fear
"A-minus. The true-life stories are satisfying...but it's the science that fascinates."
"Editor's choice: These are days when a survival guide really comes in handy. This entertaining book is a mix of helpful hints...and tales of bearing witness to survival."
"The book that every household should have next to the Merck Manual and the Bible."
-Connie Martinson Talks Books
"This is one of those useful, lively, fun books that tells you something new and totally fascinating on every page, and I simply couldn't stop reading it. Want to live to a ripe old (happy) age? Pick up a copy of The Survivors Club and enjoy."
-Frontiersman (Wasilla, Alaska)
Ben Sherwood has done an absolutely amazing job of researching the science surrounding the mystery of survival. The book is a treasure trove of information, much of which I had never encountered before. I found myself captivated by the studies and scientists - and deeply moved by the stories of people surviving under the most incredible circumstances. For both my brain and heart it was a page turner. And given the practical pay-off, you probably shouldn't leave your bed without it!
"This book will grab you from the first page and keep you riveted through the end. Sherwood has chosen a viscerally compelling topic and written it brilliantly. Oh sure, THE SURVIVORS CLUB could save your life--but what matters more to me is that it's a wonderful read, the kind that makes whatever life you're living feel that much more worthwhile."
-Martha Beck, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving the Saints and Expecting, Adam, and columnist for 0, The Oprah Magazine
"[The] stories are gripping, to put it mildly... Sherwood gains our trust with his Boy Scout common sense: Be prepared, play to your strengths, stay unruffled, keep the faith."
The book is a useful, insightful exploration of the nature of survival, the resilience of the human mind and body, and the ways in which we can all use our natural gifts to maximize our chances of coming through catastrophic situations.