Saturday, January 9, 2010

THE SURVIVOR'S CLUB: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE SURVIVORS CLUB

BY BEN SHERWOOD

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Which is the safest seat on an airplane? Where is the best place to have a heart attack? Why does religious observance add years to your life? How can birthdays be hazardous to your health? THE SURVIVORS CLUB WILL ANSWER THAT AND MUCH MORE! 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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ben Sherwood is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. From 2004 to 2006, he served as executive producer of ABC News' Good Morning America and led the program to its two most successful and profitable years in its thirty-year history, breaking every ratings record. His acclaimed novel The Man Who Ate the 747 (August 2000) was a national bestseller, published in thirteen languages, and is being adapted as both a feature film and musical. His most recent novel, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud (March 2004) was an international bestseller and is also in development as a feature film at Universal Pictures. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College, he earned advanced degrees in history and economics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He lives with his wife and son in Los Angeles.

REVIEW:


After reading THE SURVIVOR'S CLUB, I am pretty sure most of us would apply for membership! Sherwood gives 3 basic rules to follow to "join the club". One is that everyone one is a survivor; two is that one person's crisis can't be compared to another's as it is all personal; and three is that people are really stronger than they think. I know I have found that last one to be very true as there have been times when I felt so bad and wanted to check into a hospital for a week to clear up all my medical issues and then a family emergency occurs and I am the leader of the band--booking flights, dealing with the powers that be, comforting others, etc.

He gives good sound advice on the many reasons people don't survive so that readers can hopefully learn from others' mistakes. One reason he gives is called the Incredulity Response where people really simply don't believe what it is they are seeing. Another he writes about is being Under Stress as a reason because in that case, people often forget and have memory problems in which they seem to forget what they are supposed to do. Another reason he discusses is Brainlock where people often die because they are unable to respond due to the shock of the situation and they forget to think. If they had been able to think, they most probably could have survived. Sherwood says "panic is the archenemy of survival".

In an easy to follow narrative, the author details many different types of character traits and personalities and how they react and are able to survive. These types range from "fighters" to "believers" to "thinkers" and to "realists. There are also a combination of multiple types like people who just won't even face reality.

He includes a quiz you can take to understand what your potential to survive is and gives tips on how to raise your score. There is also a very helpful website you can go to for more information on this.

Besides the valuable information in this book, I like the way it is organized. The chapters give examples and then deal with a topic starting with "A Knitting Needle Through the Heart: The Three Rules of the Survivors Club" in Chapter One, to "The Supersonic Man: How Much of Life (and Death) Do You Really Control?", to a favorite chapter of mine "The Science of Luck: Why Good Things Always Happen to the Same People" and ending up with the quiz and chapters in Part 2 dedicated to taking the quiz and analyzing your strengths and weaknesses. If for no other reason, this is an interesting read and just may open your eyes enough to save your life someday...surely that is worth the time to read it if nothing else.

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO ANNA AND THE
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I HAVE
5 COPIES OF THIS WONDERFUL
BOOK
TO GIVEAWAY!


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HOW TO ENTER

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON IF YOU THINK YOU ARE, OR WOULD BE, GOOD IN AN EMERGENCY ENOUGH TO SURVIVE A DEADLY SITUATION. WOULD THIS BOOK BE A HELP TO YOU...YES OR NO?

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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT 6 PM, EST,
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97 comments:

Benita said...

I think I would be able to survive in an emergency. I've gone through a few and am still here to talk about them. I think this book would help because it gives great insight into people and situations and ways of behaving. I'd love to read this book.


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Benita said...

I do follow your blog. I've been with you since I discovered blogs, but it isn't quite a year; maybe it's about 6 months. I do really like your blog, and I appreciate you for doing such a terrific job.


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Anonymous said...

I tend to get coldly calm and logical in emergency situations (or is that frozen with fear?) but this book sounds like something everyone should read "just in case...."

Sheila
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Anonymous said...

I do tend to get a bit frazzled when faced with an emergency situation so I would like to learn how to calm down enough to do what needs to be done right away.

Donna
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DarcyO said...

I would probably perish in an emergency because sometimes I lack basic common sense. I need to read this book!

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DarcyO said...

I've been following your blog since July and now follow with Google Friend Connect.

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elaing8 said...

I think I'm good during an emergency situation. I think this book would be a help to me,the more information you have the better.
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elaing8 said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/elaing8/status/7564544451

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elaing8 said...

I am a follower but not from the beginning.
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Marie said...

I think it really depends on the situation for me. For some things, I can remain calm and act rationally, then other times I'm a nut case. I think this book could be really helpful.

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cheryl c said...

Wow, this sounds like a fascinating book! I don't really know how I would respond in an emergency. I am afraid that I would have the Incredulity Response, but I might just be smarter and stronger than I think. It would be a big help to read this book.

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Marie said...

Your blog is in my Google Reader.

I don't remember the date I started following you, but it's been at least since May 09, probably a month or so before.

cheryl c said...

I have been a follower for quite a while, but not since the very beginning. Happy blogiversary!

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mariag said...

I am pretty calm under pressure but I think I need more pratical information I could use in an emergency.

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mariag said...

I have been following your blog approx. for six months.

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Linda Kish said...

Depending on what the emergency is, I think I would be okay and fall apart later. I am usually level-headed and calm.

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Linda Kish said...

google reader follower

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Sarah said...

I don't know how great I'd be in an emergency, but I'm sure this book would help me!

Jane said...

I don't think I would be good in an emergency. I would be too scared and flustered to be of any help. This book would probably teach me how to stay calm and what to do in an emergency.

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Jane said...

I've been a follower of your blog for about two months.

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Simply Stacie said...

I think I would be ok in an emergency since I do have anxiety and am always thinking of what I would do if something happened.

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Simply Stacie said...

I've followed your blog for awhile now and have won before. I can't remember when I started though!

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Anonymous said...

I think I would be good, but thankfully haven't been put to the test too much. I'd like to read this book.

Wendy
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Anonymous said...

I am a fairly recent follower.

Wendy
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Renee said...

I think common sense would kick in and I could survive many emergency situations

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Renee said...

I'm a google follower but not for a full year

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

i would love to read this book. i'm not sure if it'd be good in a really bad situation. i can handle certain things, but this book would be a nice help!!

lauren
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Shooting Stars Mag said...

i follow your blog

lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

janetfaye said...

I have never faced an emergency so I don't know if I would be good, I like this book because it gives insight into what to do.

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janetfaye said...

I have been following you for almost one year.

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Linda Henderson said...

I'd like to think that I would be good in an emergency. I've made it through a couple of tornadoes and didn't panic too much. I think this book would give anyone great advice on how to react to an emergency situation.

seriousreader at live dot com

Linda Henderson said...

I have been following your blog for a while but not nearly a year.

seriousreader at live dot com

rubynreba said...

I think I would do pretty good in most emergencies. I know that this book would help because you never know what will come up.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

rubynreba said...

I probably started following you last spring. Before that I wasn't reading any blogs at all!
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Lacey said...

Yes i think i would survive because I'm young and calm also I have a strong will to survive.

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Lacey said...

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Lacey said...

I do follow your blog, but I just started this week so I can't wait to see how many books I will win in the next year.

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Giveaway Roundup said...

I think I would be a great survivor in an emergency, a real Mcgyver! But I would love a copy of this book for some extra hints!
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Giveaway Roundup said...

I blogged about this giveaway here:
http://giveawayroundup.blogspot.com/2010/01/giveaway-bonanza-at-bookin-with-bingo.html

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Giveaway Roundup said...

I am a follower on google friends connect. Haven't followed for the whole year though, but probably for a good 7-8 months! :o)

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Jessica said...

I would like to say so but I think to be honest much as I hate to admit it I'd panic. So yes this book would seriously help.

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Jessica said...

+ 1 yes I follow via google but no I know it was less then a year.

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Pricilla said...

I think I'd survive. I've been through a few and I've handled them well...
thank you
kaiminani at gmail dot com

Pricilla said...

I follow with google friend connect and email
thank you
kaiminani at gmail dot com

justpeachy36 said...

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

I am a follower via google friend connect.

I think I might just be part of the emergency lol... I freak out when stuff like that happens.

Alyce said...

I'm entering this one for eligibility in the grand prize, but no need to award it to me if you draw my name for this one. I loved this book!

MiscMayzee said...

I think that this book could help because knowledge always empowers.

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amanda18228 said...

I do not think I would be able to survive in an emergency, but this book would help.
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thetruebookaddict said...

Yes, I think I would/could be a survivor in an emergency. I do believe that there is a science to survival and I think this book would help.

miller4plusmore(at)bellsouth(dot)net

thetruebookaddict said...

I have been a Google Friend Connect follower since August when I started my blog.

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Mitzi H. said...

I don't thing I would be good in a critical situation.

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Mitzi H. said...

I'm a new(er) follower

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Enjoy you blog very much!!!

sharon54220 said...

I used to ride with a Volunteer First Aid Squad, so yes, I would be good in an emergency. I am always there to console. But I would be there to help wherever needed.

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sharon54220 said...

Of course, I'm a follower of this great blog. I love, love, love it.

Google Friend Connect

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Angie said...

After being a Boy Scout volunteer for 14 years I would like to think I could survive in an emergency situation, but you never know how you will react when it really happens. I think this book would be extremely helpful.

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Angie said...

I am a newer follower but I really enjoy coming here. It's like a party every time I step inside the "door"

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nfmgirl said...

I'm usually pretty good in an emergency. I'm not too squeamish, I'm not afraid to take control (but I don't have to have control), I don't usually get too flustered. However I wish my brain worked more quickly. It seems my brain sometimes freezes for a few moments, and I need a moment to *think* about what I need to do instead of just responding.

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

nfmgirl said...

I haven't been with you a year, but perhaps close. I first discovered book blogs nearly a year ago, but I didn't start my own until April. So I would guess I probably joined February-April 2009.

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

nfmgirl said...

Blogged:
http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2010/01/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-1-09-10.html

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booklover0226 said...

I think I would be able to survive in an emergency situation but I'm sure this book will enlighten me on things I didn't think about.

Thanks,
Tracey D
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booklover0226 said...

I am a follower but I can't recall if I've followed since you started your blog, but I don't think so. I think I discovered sometime in the spring or summer of 2009.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 At gmail dot com

Wickdogg said...

I think I am pretty good in emergencies as I think the adrenalin flows and gets me through and then i collapse

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Wickdogg said...

I have been following for about 2 months

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Wendy said...

At the present time I'm not sure how well I would do in certain emergency situations. I could definitely benefit from so additional 'emergency training'.



Thanks for the entry!

Wendy
wendysfictionaddiction(at)gmail(dot)com

Wendy said...

I'm a follower! I have followed you since I first discovered book bloggers a few months back.


Thanks for the entry!

Wendy
wendysfictionaddiction(at)gmail(dot)com

Kaye said...

Initially I run around like a chicken without a head and then something comes over me and I get determined to overcome it.

I think this book would be great. florida982002[at]yahoo.com

Kaye said...

I've been following you pretty much from the beginning I think through google friend connect.

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CherylS22 said...

I think I would be able to survive & help others survive in an emergency. I do feel, however, that I would benefit from reading this book.

Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com

CherylS22 said...

I've been following in GFC since about May of last year.

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LoveMy2Dogs said...

I would definitely like to THINK I would survive, but you never truly know until it happens and I am not going to go find out for sure. I do think this would be a great book to read anyway.

jrandtam[at]columbus.rr.com

LoveMy2Dogs said...

Following via GFC and I know it has not been 1 year because I have not been blogging for one year yet.

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kalynnick said...

I think I would not be able to survive during an emergency because I would most likely panic. I think from looks of it this book might be able to help out.

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

kalynnick said...

I have been a follower for about a month.

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Sam said...

I think I would be able to handle and emergency situation. I was a fellow girl scout lol! This book will definetly help me becuse it will give more information about handling a crisis!

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traveler said...

This book would be helpful as long as no one panics which is hard to prevent. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)COM

Sam said...

Tweeted about this giveaway!
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Sam said...

I have been a follower for several months I started following you around July because thats when I started my book blog!

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Edna said...

Please enter me into this contest


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Denny, Alaska said...

I have lots of medical emergency training, and think I could survive an emergency from that perspective. Can this book help? Yes, the more knowledge the better.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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Nancye said...

I'm not sure how much help I would be in an emergency situation because I am disabled and in a wheel chair. I do think I could possibly remain fairly calm and help others be calm too.

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Nancye said...

Follower on Google

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Nancye said...

Tweet! Tweet!

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Rebecca O said...

I think that it would depend on the emergency situation of course...but I think that I would be able to handle most without a doubt.
Thanks for the chance.
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Rebecca O said...

I have been following since August I believe...google reader, email, and gfc.

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Neas Nuttiness said...

I think that I would fall apart in an emergency, UNLESS, I was the only person who was able to "take charge". I could always handle things when my kids got hurt, if my husband wasn't around...but if he was there, I would fall apart.

Yes - I think that this book would be helpful!

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Neas Nuttiness said...

+1 I'm a follower:-)

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Lee P said...

To be honest, I don't think I'd handle myself very well in an emergency. I'd probably go into shock, but I'd like to believe that my survival instinct would kick in. I'd love to read this book! Thank you for another great giveaway.

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Lee P said...

I have been following Bookin' With Bingo via Google Friends for about 6 months now.

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Missa said...

I'm not sure I would be able to survive in an emergency. I guess it would depend on the type of emergency. This book would definitely be helpful for me!

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Missa said...

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Missa said...

I follow your blog, but just recently found it.

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Lee P said...

Tweet:

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Ladytink_534 said...

It really depends on the emergency. I think I could be good in some but in others I'd probably go to pieces.

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Ladytink_534 said...

I've been a follower for a very long time
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Eve said...

I dont know if I would be good in it, I am kind of panicky, so probably not. Maybe this book will help, I have to read it first.
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Eve said...

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Eve said...

I have been following you for a long time, I dont know if it is that long though.

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