Books

Books : reviews

Joshua Piven, David Borgenicht.
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook.
Chronicle Books. 1999

rating : 4.5 : passes the time
review : 17 May 2019

The indispensable, indestructible guide for surviving life’s sudden turns for the worse. Survival experts provide illustrated, step-by-step instructions on what you need to know FAST:

• How to Fend off a Shark
• How to Take a Punch
• How to Deliver a Baby in a Taxicab
• How to Survive a Poisonous Snake Attack How to Jump from a Moving Car
• How to Identify a Bomb
• How to Escape from Killer Bees
• How to Survive If Your Parachute Fails to Open

… and dozens of other dire situations.

I’m not entirely sure of the point of this book. It contains lots of (good, I assume) advice about what to do in certain unfortunate situations. But, of course, to act on this advice one would have to train, in order to be able to perform the required actions, or even just to remember what those actions are. If any of these things does happen to me, the best I’ll manage is to think: “oh yes, there’s something I should do in these circumstances; now, what was it?”