The Survivors Club News and Reviews
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If you, like me, have always suffered an entirely rational fear of being attacked by a mountain lion or accidentally stabbing yourself in the heart with a knitting needle, Ben Sherwoods new book is a must-read. Sherwood drops in on military training, attends plane-crash school and interviews psychologists, shark experts and former concentration camp inmates in order to uncover the 'human factors' that determine who survives in a calamity.- The New York Times Book Review
A-minus. The true-life stories are satisfying
but its the science that fascinates: why drinking a sugary beverage is better than a hot one if youre freezing, why small children survive falls better than adults
Readers can go online and take a survivor profile test. Ill admit that mesmerized as I am by Sherwoods logic, I havent summoned up the courage to do that?just yet. In fact, I may never leave my house again.
Four Stars. Its difficult to pass up a book whose prologue opens with, First they tell you not to panic and then they try to drown you.
The Survivors Club will be particularly appealing to those who liked (Malcolm Gladwells) Outliers and those who were awed by US Airways Capt. Chesley Sullenbergers skill in crash-landing his bird-crippled plane in the Hudson River in a manner that enabled all on board to survive.
Detroit Free Press
"Editor's Choice: These are days when a survival guide really comes in handy. This entertaining book is a mix of helpful hints ... and tales of bearing witness to survival."
"The book is absolutely fantastic. If you haven't read The
Survivors Club, you have to... Ben Sherwood talked to
survivors of every possible crisis situation from a woman being eaten
by a lion to an economic collapse. How did they survive? You will find
yourself in there and gain an awful lot of hope."
Glenn Beck, The Glenn Beck Show, Fox News
A fascinating and hopeful book that will change the way you view yourself and the world around you.
Knoxville News Sentinel
"Talk about a book you cant live without, this one might literally fit the bill!"
- The Town Courier (Gaithersberg, Maryland)
gutsy, fact-thick book on luck, accident and improving the odds."
- The Times of London
"An addictive and inspiring read."
- London Lite
"The book that every household should have next to the Merck Manual and the Bible is Ben Sherwoods The Survivors Club.
Connie Martinson Talks Books
The stories are gripping, to put it mildly, and Sherwood
maintains the narrative pace throughout (and) gains our trust with his Boy Scout common sense... The protagonists may have stayed calm, but these stories of cheating the reaper are crazy wild.
The book is a useful, insightful exploration of the nature of survival, the resilience of the human mind and body, and the ways in which we can all use our natural gifts to maximize our chances of coming through catastrophic situations.
"Ben Sherwood has given voice to what we all wonder: Do I have what it takes to survive? And what does it really take? The answers are all here in riveting stories, scientific research and Sherwood's own travels into the world of how to survive when death is this close."
Tom Brokaw, NBC News, bestselling author, Boom and The Greatest Generation
Experience the wisdom of people who improbably survived the abyss of death. What do they wish they had known before they survived their ordeal and what is your Survivor IQ? You will want to know the answers that could save your life.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, heart surgeon and bestselling author, You: The Owners Manual
Ben Sherwood has done an absolutely amazing job of researching the science surrounding the mystery of survival. The book is a treasure trove of information, much of which I have never encountered before. I found myself captivated by the studies and scientists - and deeply moved by the stories of people surviving under the most incredible circumstances. For both my brain and heart it was a page turner. And given the practical pay-off, you probably shouldn't leave your bed without it!
Dr. Tim Johnson, Medical Editor, ABC News
A rare combination of superb storytelling and practical value. If you do nothing more than read this remarkable book, you will improve your chances of prevailing over lifes toughest challenges.
Gavin de Becker, bestselling author, The Gift of Fear
"This book will grab you from the first page, and keep you riveted through the end. Sherwood has chosen a viscerally compelling topic, and written it brilliantly. Oh, sure, The Survivors Club could save your life--but what matters more to me is that it's a wonderful read, the kind that makes whatever life you're living feel that much more worthwhile."
Martha Beck, columnist, O Magazine; bestselling author; life coach