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Neil Strauss

This Book Will Save Your Life

3.1 (17 ratings)
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Emergency by Neil Strauss takes you on a journey to preparedness. It shares an eye-opening account of what to do when things start to fall apart. This survival manual will help you rise and thrive amidst any crisis.

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    Anything can go wrong, so a survivalist must learn a broad range of skills.

    Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, economic collapse, war, disease, starvation: we don’t want to think about it, but we’re all susceptible to such catastrophes. And the list can go on: only our imagination sets the limits to what kinds of disasters can strike at any moment.

    In this sense, there’s always a potential apocalypse to worry about.

    And because of the amount of disasters in the recent past – 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombings, tsunamis, hurricanes and financial meltdowns – many people fear that anything can happen.

    This uncertainty makes many people want to prepare for the worst. Many of them become survivalists, or people who actively prepare themselves for large-scale emergencies.

    But since no one can ever know when or how disaster will strike, a proactive survivalist needs to be prepared and trained for every potential kind of disaster.

    Let’s say your city is ravaged by an earthquake or hurricane. In this case, being able to survive without electricity and water would be crucial. You would need to know how to make a wood fire, and have stocked up beforehand on hand crank-powered flashlights, water purification tablets and first-aid supplies.

    Or consider what happens if war broke out. How would you escape? You’ll need to know how to drive whatever vehicle you have available, be it a car, boat, motorcycle, or – if you’re rich – a helicopter.

    And no matter what kind of disaster strikes, it’s always good to know how to perform basic medical care, like stopping bleeding, caring for burns and splinting broken bones, because injuries are always a possibility. And when disaster strikes, there may be no doctors to call.

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    What is Emergency about?

    Emergency is the personal story of the author’s transformation from a helpless urban dweller to an independent survivalist. It’s a first-hand account of how to train for complete autonomy should society as we know it collapse.

    Emergency Review

    Emergency (2009) by Neil Strauss is a gripping and informative book that reveals essential survival skills needed in today's unpredictable world. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With practical tips and techniques taught by top experts, it equips readers with the knowledge to handle various emergencies and protect themselves and their loved ones.
    • The book delves into personal experiences and real-life scenarios, making it relatable, engaging, and applicable to everyday life.
    • Through its captivating storytelling and shocking revelations, it keeps readers hooked from start to finish, ensuring that it is anything but boring.

    Best quote from Emergency

    In learning to run away from catastrophes, Id somehow ended up running to them

    —Neil Strauss
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    Who should read Emergency?

    • Anyone who wants to be prepared for the end of the world
    • Anyone who wants to know what it’s like to be independent from modern technology
    • Anyone who wants to learn how they can help others in times of crisis

    About the Author

    Neil Strauss is a former music writer for The New York Times and a self-proclaimed paranoid urban dweller. He is also the author of the best-selling book The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists.

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    Emergency FAQs 

    What is the main message of Emergency?

    The main message of Emergency is to be prepared for any crisis and learn the necessary skills to survive in emergency situations.

    How long does it take to read Emergency?

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    Is Emergency a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Emergency is a must-read for those who want to be prepared for any situation. It offers practical tips and insights to help you handle emergencies with confidence.

    Who is the author of Emergency?

    The author of Emergency is Neil Strauss.

    What to read after Emergency?

    If you're wondering what to read next after Emergency, here are some recommendations we suggest:
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