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"Experience the wisdom of people who improbably survived the abyss of death. What do they wish they had known before they survived the ordeal, and what is your Survivors IQ? You will want to know the answers that could save your life." (Mehmet Oz, MD)

"The book is absolutely fantastic. If you haven't read The Survivors Club, you have to...Ben Sherwood talked to survivors of every possible crisis situation from a woman being eaten by a lion to an economic collapse. How did they survive? You will find yourself in there and gain an awful lot of hope." (The Glenn Beck Show, Fox News Glenn Beck)

"Ben Sherwood has given voice to what we all wonder. Would I make it? Do I have what it takes to survive -- and what does it take, by the way? The answers are all here in riveting stories, scientific research, good luck, and Ben's own travels into the world of learning of how to survive when death is this close." (Tom Brokaw)

" A must-read." (The New York Times)

"Four Stars. It's difficult to pass up a book whose prologue opens with, "First they tell you not to panic and then they try to drown you.'...The Survivors Club will be particularly appealing to those who liked (Malcom Gladwell's) Outliers -- and those who were awed by US Airways Capt. Chelsey Sullenberger's skill in crash-landing his bird-crippled plane in the Hudson River in a manner thatenabled all on board to survive." (Detroit Free Press)

A rare combination of superb storytelling and practical value. If you do nothing more than read this remarkable book, that alone will improve your chances of prevailing in life's toughest challenges. (Gavin de Becker, NYT bestselling author of The Gift of Fear)

"A-minus. The true-life stories are satisfying...but it's the science that fascinates." (Entertainment Weekly)

"Editor's choice: These are days when a survival guide really comes in handy. This entertaining book is a mix of helpful hints...and tales of bearing witness to survival." (Chicago Tribune)

"The book that every household should have next to the Merck Manual and the Bible." (Connie Martinson Talks Books)

"This is one of those useful, lively, fun books that tells you something new and totally fascinating on every page, and I simply couldn't stop reading it. Want to live to a ripe old (happy) age? Pick up a copy of The Survivors Club and enjoy." (Frontiersman (Wasilla, Alaska) The Bookworm)

Ben Sherwood has done an absolutely amazing job of researching the science surrounding the mystery of survival. The book is a treasure trove of information, much of which I had never encountered before. I found myself captivated by the studies and scientists - and deeply moved by the stories of people surviving under the most incredible circumstances. For both my brain and heart it was a page turner. And given the practical pay-off, you probably shouldn't leave your bed without it! (Tim Johnson, MD, ABC News Medical Editor)

"This book will grab you from the first page and keep you riveted through the end. Sherwood has chosen a viscerally compelling topic and written it brilliantly. Oh sure, THE SURVIVORS CLUB could save your life--but what matters more to me is that it's a wonderful read, the kind that makes whatever life you're living feel that much more worthwhile." (Martha Beck, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving the Saints and Expecting, Adam, and columnist for 0, The Oprah Magazine)

"[The] stories are gripping, to put it mildly... Sherwood gains our trust with his Boy Scout common sense: Be prepared, play to your strengths, stay unruffled, keep the faith." (Kirkus Reviews)

Enlightening...first-rate reporting. (Publishers Weekly)

The book is a useful, insightful exploration of the nature of survival, the resilience of the human mind and body, and the ways in which we can all use our natural gifts to maximize our chances of coming through catastrophic situations. (Booklist) --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

Présentation de l'éditeur

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.

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  • Editeur : Grand Central Publishing; Édition : Unabridged (3 février 2010)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1600248314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600248313
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,3 x 3,8 x 14,6 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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Par Mr. Belizere Paul sur 27 décembre 2009
Format: Relié
Tout le monde devrait lire ce livre, il est génial !
Everyone should read this book. It can save your life !
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Life lessons 26 janvier 2009
Par Julie Neal - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Here's a club everyone wants to be a member of. It's probably human nature to wonder if you have what it takes to survive in a crisis. This thought-provoking book not only profiles dozens and dozens of people who have done just that, it also gives you a way to grade yourself on your likely survivorship, and tips on how to raise your score. You even learn which seats on an airplane are the safest (be near an exit, and forget about that window seat).

The three rules of the Survivors Club, according to author Ben Sherwood, are that everyone is a survivor, one person's crisis can't be compared to another's, and people are stronger than they know. Attitude has a lot to do with it. If you see yourself as a survivor, you'll likely be one.

You learn many of the reasons why people do not survive. One is called the Incredulity Response -- people simply don't believe what they are seeing. Two gripping stories bring this idea to life. In the first, a car-ferry sinking in the Baltic Sea, many victims didn't move or try to get out of the sinking ship, but were rather "frozen to the spot" looking like "marble statues, pale and immoveable." 852 passengers died. In the second story, a fire in London's Underground train station killed 31 people, with many commuters marching "right into the disaster, almost oblivious to the crush of people -- some actually in flames -- who were trying to escape."

"Brainlock" is another reason some people in crisis die. They respond to the shock of the situation by forgetting to think. "Under stress... people often display memory problems. They seem to forget what they're supposed to do." This isn't good if you're skydiving. As Sherwood puts it, "panic is the archenemy of survival."

The final section of the book is devoted to helping you understand your own survivor potential, with quizzes to take and a website to visit.

Reading this book will make you think about how you live your life, and ways to ensure you can keep on living. It's fascinating.

Here's the chapter list:

Prologue: Brace for Impact
Introduction: The Survivors Club
Part 1: What It Takes to Survive
1. A Knitting Needle Through the Heart: The Three Rules of the Survivors Club
2. The Statues in the Storm: Why So Many People Die When They Shouldn't
3. Ninety Seconds to Save Your Life: The Wrong (and Right) Things to Do in a Plane Crash
4. The Organ Recital: Who Lives and Dies in the ER
5. The Supersonic Man: How Much of Life (and Death) Do You Really Control?
6. Rescued from the Lion's Jaws: Prayer, Miracles, and the Power of Faith
7. The Dancer and the Angel of Death: How Did Anyone Survive the Holocaust?
8. The Science of Luck: Why Good Things Always Happen to the Same People
9. Hug the Monster: How Fear Can Save Your Life
10. Too Mean to Die: Does the Will to Live Make Any Difference
11. The Resilience Gene: Who Bounces Back and Who Doesn't
12. What Does Not Kill Me: Why Adversity is Good for You
Part 2: Are You a Survivor?
13. The Survivor Profiler: Discovering Your Survivor Personality
14. Your Survivor IQ: What Type of Survivor Are You?
15. Your Survivor Tool Kit: What Are Your Top Three Strengths
Afterword / How to Eat an Elephant: The Lessons of the Survivors Club
Appendix A / The Science of Falling Cats (and Babies)
Appendix B / The Arithmetic of Dying Too Soon
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Live Longer! 26 janvier 2009
Par Sally - Publié sur
Format: Relié
In America, life expectancy is 78.14 years. If you would like to live longer, read this compelling self-help book. It's loaded with detailed research material and anecdotal tips on surviving--what to do when: being impaled with a foreign object, finding yourself lost in the woods, experiencing an airplane crash, having a heart attack, or making a trip to the ER.

Many topics are covered with proof that they help people live: the power of prayer, managing fear, the will to live, and having good genes. Adversity can work to make people appreciate life and have a better perspective. Daily joy can be experienced after a traumatic episode.

Offered are such informative chapters as: The Survivor Profile, Your Survivor IQ, and Your Survivor Tool Kit. I suggest using this volume as a resource tool. Though it is interesting enough to be read straight through, I want to keep it around to refer to often.
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I give it a B or B- 14 août 2009
Par Bibliothecaire Extraordinaire - Publié sur
Format: Relié
This book was alright. I finished it, from beginning to end, which is an accomplishment in and of itself proving that if anything, the book was an entertaining read. But after a while, Sherwood seemed to repeat the same points over and over: have faith in some form of divine authority, be positive, and be on the lookout for lucky opportunities. And that is what made the book lose points, in my opinion. Everybody knows that already!

I enjoyed reading the plentiful anecdotes, but I felt disappointed by the title of the book, for the book didn't really share very many tips or science about survival, other than the three points mentioned in the paragraph above. What also made the book lose credibility was the test offered online after completing the book. Though Sherwood raved that this test was the "real deal" and as accurate and scientific as psychometrics gets, to me it seemed no more relevant than an online personality quiz or a horoscope reading in a women's fashion magazine. The results bore little resemblance to me. Rather, it sounded like feel-good babble.

Maybe if I hadn't been egged on to take that test I would have respected the book a little more. That and the lack of MORE case studies and science rendered this book nothing more than another hyped up opinion piece.

Once again, I encourage all future readers of this book to get it from their libraries; or if you absolutely MUST own a copy, get it used and at a cheap price.
37 internautes sur 42 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Stay awake nights.... learing how to survive! 20 juillet 2009
Par Nicki Carmello - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I heard the author being interviewed on a syndicated news talk show. After listening to the first few minutes of the interview, I was convinced I needed to purchase this book which I did, then I recommended the book to my book club. I have never felt compelled to contact an author but after reading this book I did. After locating Ben Sherwood's email address, I emailed asking if he would agree to a telephone interview/conference with our book club. Much to my surprise he graciously agreed!

After reading the book, each book club member had a list of comments and questions. Mr. Sherwood spent over an hour answering our questions and provided more details about some of the survivors featured in the book. It was a fascinating experience. Each of us was enriched by this experience and as far as reading retention is concerned...? We will not soon forget the valuable lessons gleaned from reading this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn the skills required to survive some of life's most challenging events. This book isn't focused solely on how to survive a plane crash or other catastrophic events, rather, it teaches how to survive ALL life's challenges large and small. It provides an interesting quiz to discover your strong personality traits or attributes and the ones that could use a little help in improving. Who among us wouldn't find this information useful? Who knows, perhaps it could save your life! Definitely worth purchasing, but please don't let this book simply gather dust on the book shelf, read it, learn from it and then pass it on to those you love.
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Pros and Cons of The Survivors Club 15 janvier 2010
Par Tom S. - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and learned some important things from it, especially the value of being prepared to act and move decisively in an emergency, and not "freeze". With so many illustrative survivor tales, its an engrossing read. I am glad I read it, but it is really a "story book" and not a scientific study. Recommended despite some weaknesses; just keep your expectations in check. Its the kind of book you may want to refer to again, from time to time.


Extensively researched and well written with many detailed accounts of true survivor tales
Easy to read and structured to allow the reader to select portions out of sequence if he/she wishes
Contains some good life advice in the book; from the value of optimism and laughter to being aware of context, to where to sit (or not sit) on an airplane to improve your odds of surviving a crash
It passes the "common sense" test; it mostly hangs together pretty well

Its way short on science, despite its sub-title that promises ".. Science that Could Save Your Life"
The web-based Survivor Profiler is a disappointment. It did not yield any new insights or suggested courses of action; its mainly a gimmick
It overplays the fact that people who face and conquer terrible challenges usually emerge stronger; we already knew that, though the examples are often compelling.
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