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Book Title: The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life|
The author of the book: Ben Sherwood
ISBN 13: 9780446580243
Edition: Grand Central Publishing
Date of issue: January 26th 2009
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Though reading this book gave me the same sort of dirty, guilty feeling that I get if caught gawking at a car accident, I have to admit, most of it was pretty fascinating. This title consists of matter-of-fact essays that tell the amazing stories of ordinary people who have defied the odds and survived unbelievable accidents. Interviews with plane crash survivors, a young man who lived after jumping off the Golden Gate bridge, a woman attacked by a mountain lion, another who punctured her heart with a knitting needle, and the most astonishing - a man who survived ejecting from a jet going faster than the speed of sound.
The book should be viewed mainly as a series of interesting case studies, rather than a survival guide. Most of the factors that determine survival are intangibles you can do nothing about - your age, personality, and the severity of your injuries. As in all of life, it helps if you are fit and healthy. And if you are in a plane crash? It's best if you are a male. A strong family life, will to live, religious faith, and determination are all mentioned as assets shared by survivors. I made note of the Japanese saying Fall down seven times, stand up eight as a new mantra to chant in times of crisis.
There's also plenty of conflicting information. During WWII, POW's were most likely to survive if they were pessimists, whereas Holocaust survivors tended to be optimists. Perhaps Elie Wiesel offered the best explanation. "Chance" he whispered. "It was chance. That is all."
The book includes a link to a website where the reader can take a survivor quiz. I was not surprised to see that I have a "well-defined survivor personality". I kind of already knew that, as I decided long ago, I am not leaving this planet BEFORE my mother-in-law does. That thought is all I need to get me through any emergency.
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Read information about the authorBen Sherwood is a bestselling author, award-winning journalist and founder of TheSurvivorsClub.org. From 2004 to 2006, he worked as executive producer of ABC’s Good Morning America during the two most successful seasons in the program’s history. Sherwood guided prize-winning coverage of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, the devastation of hurricane Katrina, and the presidential election of 2004
From 1997 to 2001, Sherwood served as senior broadcast producer and senior producer of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.
From 1989 to 1993, he worked as a producer and associate producer at ABC News PrimeTime Live with Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson.
Sherwood is the author of two critically acclaimed best-selling novels: The Man Who Ate the 747 and The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud. Sherwood’s books have been published around the world in 15 languages.
Charlie St. Cloud has been adapted as a feature film starring Zac Efron and was released by Universal Pictures in July 2010. The Man Who Ate the 747 is also being developed as a major motion picture and Broadway musical.
Sherwood’s latest book, The Survivors Club, is a non-fiction exploration of the science and secrets of who bounces back from everyday adversity and who doesn’t; who beats life-threatening disease and who succumbs; and who triumphs after economic hardship and who surrenders.
In January 2009, Sherwood founded TheSurvivorsClub.org, an online resource center and support network for people surviving and thriving in the face of all kinds of adversity.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College and a Rhodes Scholar, Sherwood earned masters degrees in history and development economics at Oxford University.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Karen Kehela Sherwood and their sons Will and Charlie.