The Unthinkable

Just finished The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley (Times Mag writer) a book about "Who survives when disaster strikes".

I thought it was an excellent read. She interviewed hundreds of survivors to identify the mental and physical process people go through when suddenly overwhelmed by a life threatening crisis. It seems incredible that people will sit calmly in a burning plane waiting for someone to come and get them. She chooses a wide range of disasters to show that there is no one common drill/SOP that fits all situations.

Not surprisingly a high percentage of survivors had military/paramilitary training.

There are some really interesting sections on studies of Post Traumatic Stress on soldiers and police.

A great number of deaths are avoidable with some training and awareness. My wife and my teenage kids are now reading it.

Strongly recommended.


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