The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
Discover how human beings react to danger–and what makes the difference between life and deathToday, nine out of ten Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to... show more
Discover how human beings react to danger–and what makes the difference between life and deathToday, nine out of ten Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? In her quest to answer these questions, award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley traces human responses to some of recent history’s epic disasters, from the explosion of the Mont Blanc munitions ship in 1917–one of the biggest explosions before the invention of the atomic bomb–to the journeys of the 15,000 people who found their way out of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. To understand the science behind the stories, Ripley turns to leading brain scientists, trauma psychologists, and other disaster experts. She even has her own brain examined by military researchers and experiences, through realistic simulations, what it might be like to survive a plane crash into the ocean or to escape a raging fire.Ripley comes back with precious wisdom about the surprising humanity of crowds, the elegance of the brain’s fear circuits, and the stunning inadequacy of many of our evolutionary responses. Most unexpectedly, she discovers the brain’s ability to do much, much better–with just a little help.
Publish date: June 16th 2009
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
Incredible. A textbook, basically, on all things scary. And an extremely illuminating one at that.Q:For all these reasons, perhaps, heroes feel a nonnegotiable duty to help others when they can. “It’s something in your heart, your soul, and your emotions that gets a hold of you and says, I gotta do ...
I've always wondered how I would react in a disaster. My mother, who usually needs time to take in a situation, is oddly calm in the midst of a car accident - and I feel sure that would translate into worse disasters. LL has more trouble with a car not starting then a serious medical issue - he's my...
I've always thought that one reason I'm a disaster junkie is that stories of various events (airplane crashes, earthquakes, floods, fires, societal breakdown, etc.) let me "practice" what I might do in different situations. This book lets people go way past "what if" and offers solid info about how ...
This is the one book I would universally recommend. It's well written and useful.This book looks not at just behaviors in disasters/emergencies, but case studies, data, and the science behind those behaviors.I found it totally interesting to see the reasons behind, not just behaviors of survivors i...
According to my records here, I've listened to this 4 times since 2009. It's still awesome and I think everyone should read it. It's both fascinating and I think useful although I hope to never have to utilize any of the usefulness.