Tuesday Teaser/Opening ~ The Survivor's Club

I'm currently reading The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life by Ben Sherwood.

Which is the safest seat on an airplane? Where is the best place to have a heart attack? Why does religious observance add years to your life? How can birthdays be hazardous to your health?

Each second of the day, someone in America faces a crisis, whether it's a car accident, violent crime, serious illness, or financial trouble. Given the inevitability of adversity, we all wonder: Who beats the odds and who surrenders? Why do some people bound back and others give up? How can I become the kind of person who survives and thrives?

The fascinating, hopeful answers to these questions are found in THE SURVIVORS CLUB. In the tradition of Freakonomics and The Tipping Point, this book reveals the hidden side of survival by combining astonishing true stories, gripping scientific research, and the author's adventures inside the U.S. military's elite survival schools and the government's airplane crash evacuation course.

There is no escaping life's inevitable struggles. But THE SURVIVORS CLUB can give you an edge when adversity strikes.

First they tell you not to panic then they try to drown you.

(That may be the best first line of any non-fiction book ever.)

He discovered that survivors usually move an average of five rows before they escape a burning aircraft. That's the typical "cutoff," he tells me, even though some survivors have managed to scamper as many as nineteen rows.

Would you read this?

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  1. I'd love to read this - so intriguing, and I've always enjoyed books like this that are based on research and fact and teach me something to.

  2. Interesting ... Always good to pick up a survival skill or two.

  3. Wow, this sounds interesting!

  4. I love books like this. Interesting stories and facts. A little afraid about the airplane stats - 5 rows? Seriously? And that first line - sounds like Navy SEAL training or something like that.

  5. I read 'Freakonomics' and I love that book because it's so funny and yet so interesting and factual at the same time! I love the opening line because these books need to be funny in order to get people to pay attention and not get bored! I might have to pick this one up. Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week!
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  6. My husband has a copy of this in his TBR pile, but neither one of us has read it yet. That is an awesome opening line!

  7. Sounds like a fascinating book. I think it would be a good reference for writers too. After all, we're supposed to get our characters into sticky situations, aren't we?
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  8. Wow, intense sounding and practical too! I would certainly consider reading this.

  9. This looks fascinating. I'd keep reading!

  10. Oh my gosh - this sounds absolutely fascinating! I'm adding it to my TBR list - maybe a candidate for Nonfiction November.

  11. It sounds like something I would be interested in.