||After her plane crashes, a seventeen-year-old girl spends eleven days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better-equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference? | Examining such stories of miraculous endurance and tragic death--how people get into trouble and how they get out again (or not)--DEEP SURVIVAL takes us from the tops of snowy mountains and the depths of oceans to the workings of the brain that control our behavior. Through close analysis of case studies, Laurence Gonzales describes the essence of a survivor and offers twelve "Rules of Survival." In the end, he finds, it's what's in your heart, not what's in your pack, that separates the living from the dead. Fascinating for any reader, and absolutely essential for anyone who takes a hike in the woods, this book will change the way we understand ourselves and the great outdoors.
||According to Laurence Gonzales, the average person's reaction to circumstances where death seems imminent, such as a plane crash in the Amazon jungle or abandonment in the Rocky Mountains, is to die. This is not surprising. What is surprising is that some people actually survive these situations and, since they are a very rare breed, these "lucky" few make for a very manageable study group. Gonzales analyzes some of the common traits and behaviors of survivors of various disasters, in order to ascertain similarities which might translate into a teachable technique for not dying. While documenting the thrilling escapades and escapes of adventurers around the world, Gonzales focuses on the psychology and instinct which kept them alive amidst peril that often claimed the lives of their peers and companions.