Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why (Paperback)
Documenting true stories of survival, Laurence Gonzales compiles his analysis, based on science and vivid storytelling, to create common denominators regarding what it takes to survive. The resulting conclusions are relevant not only to the wilderness and the ocean, but also to daily life. The lessons are as simple as creating routine and structure, together with maintaining faith and optimism.— Andrew
"Unique among survival books…stunning…enthralling. Deep Survival makes compelling, and chilling, reading." —Denver Post
Laurence Gonzales’s bestselling Deep Survival has helped save lives from the deepest wildernesses, just as it has improved readers’ everyday lives. Its mix of adventure narrative, survival science, and practical advice has inspired everyone from business leaders to military officers, educators, and psychiatric professionals on how to take control of stress, learn to assess risk, and make better decisions under pressure.
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.
Riveting accounts of avalanches, mountain accidents, sailors lost at sea, and the man-made hell of 9/11.
— Stephen Bodio - Sports Illustrated
I tore through Deep Survival like I'd been waiting to read it my whole life. Gonzales's writing is effortless and compelling, and his research is first-rate. I can't imagine a better book on the topic.
— Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm
A fascinating look into why we are who we are.
— Bill McKibben, author of Falter
Deep Survival is by far the best book on the many insights into epic survival stories I have ever read.
— Daryl Miller, former chief mountaineering ranger, Denali National Park & Preserve
Great stories of disaster and survival…combined with revealing science about the physiology and psychology of how we deal with crisis. [Gonzales’s] science is accurate, accessible, up-to-date, and insightful. An extremely good book.
— Robert M. Sapolsky, author of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
Gonzales has masterfully woven together personal survival stories with the study of human perception to reach rock-bottom truths about how to live with risk.
— Peter Stark, author of Last Breath: The Limits of Adventure
Professional rescuers will love Deep Survival. It goes to the heart of the instincts that drive us to risk our own lives to save others.
— Jacki Golike, former executive director, National Association for Search and Rescue
Gonzalez takes us on a fascinating, fast-paced, and exciting adventure into survival. His captivating stories, many from personal experience, will keep you turning the pages, stopping only to imagine how you, and your brain, would react when faced with a survival experience.
— Joseph LeDoux, author of The Emotional Brain
A feast of excitement and wonder. Makes complexity and chaos come alive, girdled by neurological processes, drenched with fantastic accounts of danger and death. You will see the world differently.
— Charles Perrow, author of The Next Catastrophe