The Survivors Club

The Survivors Club

The Secrets and Science That Could Save your Life

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From award-winning journalist Sherwood comes a fascinating exploration of survival that can help prepare you for life's inevitable struggles, from cancer and crime to car accidents and airplane crashes.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, 2009.
ISBN: 9781600241468
1600241468
Contents: pt. 1 : What it takes to survive. A knitting needle through the heart : the three rules of the survivors club ; The statues in the storm : why so many people die when they shouldn't ; Ninety seconds to save your life : the wrong (and right) things to do in a plane crash ; The organ recital : who lives and dies in the ER ; The supersonic man : how much of life (and death) do you really control? ; Rescued from the lion's jaws : prayer, miracles, and the power of faith ; The dancer and the angel of death : how did anyone survive the Holocaust? ; The science of luck : why good things always happen to the same people ; Hug the monster : how fear can save your life ; Too mean to die : does the will to live make any difference? ; The resilience gene : who bounces back and who doesn't? ; What does not kill me : why adversity is good for you
pt. 2 : Are you a survivor?
The survivor profiler : discovering your survivor personality ; Your survivor IQ : what type of survivor are you? ; Your survivor tool kit : what are your top three strengths?
Afterword: How to eat an elephant : the lessons of the survivors club
www.TheSurvivorsClub.org
Appendix A: The science of falling cats (and babies) ; Appendix B: The arithmetic of dying too soon.
Summary: From award-winning journalist Sherwood comes a fascinating exploration of survival that can help prepare you for life's inevitable struggles, from cancer and crime to car accidents and airplane crashes.

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ksoles Nov 18, 2013

In his intriguing, inspirational book, Ben Sherwood asks readers to think: what would I do in an emergency? Freeze? Remain calm? Wait for instructions? Of course, one can't answer these questions with certainty before disaster actually strikes; one can, however, learn what it takes to survive. "The Survivor's Club" presents amazing stories of people overcoming adversity and highlights the traits that survivors share.

Why do right-handed people live longer than left-handed people? Can you make your own luck or are you born with it? Where is the best place in America to suffer a heart attack? Can having unfortunate initials (B.A.D., S.I.N, D.E.D., etc.) lead to a shorter life? Sherwood compellingly weaves the answers to these and other questions together with both personal stories of survivors and scientific research. These accounts of tragedy and pain are certainly sobering but lead to overarching promise and hope.

Many aspects of this book linger after its finish including the "Rule of 3", which prioritizes survival needs, and a list of ten ways to develop resilience. These include practicing optimism, developing a moral compass, facing fears and establishing a supportive social network.

Finally, the book asks: what type of survivor are you? Sherwood lays out five broad archetypes and even includes a quiz to identify personalities as The Fighter, The Believer, The Connector, The Thinker or The Realist. A fascinating and universally appealing read.

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