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Neil Strauss writes a moderately interesting book that would have been much better if he hadnt wasted a large part of the book justifying his paranoia about the country by bashing George Bush. In the beginning he clearly establishes his qualifications as being incompetent at anything but writing about music for the New York Times. In the book he chronicles his journey in which he undergoes several years of impressive training to go from total incompetence at practically everything, to being an accomplished survivalist. If you are a committed Bush basher, you may find this book worthwhile. I ended up fast forwarding through a lot of the book to get past the political whining to get to the part that finally became interesting. If you are wanting to read a book to learn skills for surviving a possible catastrophic event, "One Second After", "Patriots", or "Alas Babylon" are much more enlightening.
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Neil Strauss is a great writer, reader, and story teller.
Like in "The Game" it is fascinating to experience his journey, his life transformation. Similar to the story of "The Game" his dedication to personal growth is inspirational and in both stories he ended up with a new perspective on life that he had not predicted. As I'm sure he would agree, the journey or process of self-discovery, is where the truly important stuff comes out.
I have a new perspective after listening to this book about survivalists. Strauss is kind of like me, an intellectual Jewish kid, whose parents labeled themselves as people who just didn't consider themselves as handy, weren't gun owners or hunters. Makes me want to to change my life a bit. Maybe not buy a gun or get citizenship of another country, but at least be more aware of possibilities.
In any case, I listened to this book in two days this weekend. Couldn't stop listening. It's a "page turner" for your ears. I just wish more of Strauss's books were on audio.
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This is a brilliant book, with a very poor title. The book's title rings of a boring post 9/11 survival guide for executives. It is anything but boring.
In light of recent disastrous world events, the author describes his desire to be self-sufficient, and survive the apocalypse. He then takes us a journey of:
1. How he tries to become a dual citizen of another country (He is a USA citizen).
2. Learns survival skills from Legends such as Tom Brown - camping, tracking, catching and fishing his own food. Preparing his own food.
3. Learns urban survival skills as how to escape from a boot of car when you are handcuffed, and cross the city and avoid bounty hunters.
4. Survive 3 days without electricity and heating.
The author takes you through his reasoning and his journey, and how and what things he did, much of what he says is reproducible - providing you have the time, money, and more importantly the will.
At the end of the book, he learns to be a community support emergency services worker. It is here where he undergoes a paradigm shift, deciding he would rather do his best to help society when difficulties fall, rather than run away.
Neil the author specializes in transformation books. His book the Game was how he became more confident as a person/pick up artist, his other book the Truth was how he transformed from a pick up artist, to a more "settled" human being.
Emergency is how he became person dependent on society, to a person society can depend on.
To undertake the activities of this books requires time, and money. Something a successful writer could do. Perhaps if this book could encourage us to take the time to go camping, or learn a martial arts, than the book would have worth it for you.
Extremely easy to read, for all to enjoy, both male or female.
What did you like most about Emergency?
Covered a really wide range of topics.
Would you recommend Emergency to your friends? Why or why not?
If you are interested in how different people think about tthings then definitely.
What does Neil Strauss bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
He has a relatively monotonous voice but once you get used to it, the limited range does show enthusiastic he is about some of this stuff.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Preparing the crazies