The Survivors Club

The Survivors Club

The Secrets and Science That Could Save your Life

Audiobook CD - 2009
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We are a nation battered every day by stories about horrific calamities, tragic events, frightening statistics. Inevitably our thoughts turn personal and we wonder if we have what it takes to get through the worst thrown our way. While there are plenty of books about coping with adversity, it isn't until now, with WHO SURVIVES, that we discover the human factors that determine survival. It's a combination instruction audiobook and security blanket that blends compelling true stories with cutting-edge science to deliver some of the most important lessons we'll ever need to learn.

The book will:
--list the most important traits necessary for survival (Fear is #1.)
--identify the 5 types of survivors
--debunk myths (like only the strong survive), explore the frontiers of survival science (How much strain and punishment can a human body endure?), and introduce readers to counterintuitive thinking (Ever heard of posttraumatic growth ?)
--provide a Survivors Tool Kit, including an online test that measures one's Survivor's Quotient

Each one of us eventually joins the club of millions who face life's inescapable tribulations and tragedies. WHO SURVIVES is the companion we need to prepare us for and guide us through the worst.
Publisher: New York, NY : Hachette Audio, p2009.
ISBN: 9781600241451
Branch Call Number: AUDIOBK CD 613.69 SHERWOOD
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (approximately 11.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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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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