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Fantastic read. This book covers so many different topics from knives, guns, and all types of survival philosophy. It was interesting to see the transformation of Neil Strauss in his search for survival skills to survive in the (what if). Like his other best seller the Game, Neil Strauss dives into a topic and goes all the way leaving no area unchecked exploring topics from all angles and uses things that are applicable. These things he covers on a deep level studies them, and according to the book masters them. Everything from financial melt down natural, disasters, intruders and whatever it may be. He is by no means an expert in any particular field of survival but his unique research abilities give him a awesome overall perspective that helps readers identify areas and expand there thought process to find thorough ways of reaching there own goals. The only part of the book that I found as a turnoff is mainly a difference in political view as the book is very anti Bush and pro Obama. He seems to think that Obama would do a better job in fixing US security than Bush. However he does not look at the possibility that the Liberal agenda might target many of the areas which he uses as survival means like the ownership of weapons and concealed carry. Overall I give the book a 10, the good made up for the bad in my opinion.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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