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Gonzales, Laurence. Deep survival.

GONZALES, Laurence. Deep survival. Norton. 318p. bibliog. index. c2005. 0-393-32615-2. $14.95. SA

Subtitled Who Lives, Who Dies and Why, Deep Survival is a series of true adventure stories where only some of the protagonists make it through. The link between the stories is Gonzales' analysis of the survival strategies--or deadly lack thereof. Originally prompted, at least in part, by curiosity about his own father's survival of a plane crash in WW II, Gonzales easily carries the reader along with a variety of tales. From experienced hiker Ken Killip's terrifying experience of being lost in the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains to 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke's lone survival of a plane crash in the Peruvian jungle, Gonzales offers well-told tales of lessons learned. Who survives is often surprising: "It's not who you would predict ... sometimes the one who survives is an inexperienced female hiker, while the experienced hunter gives up and dies in one night ..." (p. 170).

Gonzales analyses the stages of being lost (the first step is denial) and also the rules to survival (the first one is "be here now" or "perceive and believe"--a type of super-awareness of your situation). Gonzales also visits two survival schools where he learns that they teach not only the practical side of survival such as shelter and making a fire, but the psychological and even spiritual side. Being "aware of the moment" means not only thinking of how likely you are to be hit by lightening and how to avoid it, but realizing your own sense of self in a potential deadly environment. Such added insights make the book also appropriate for surviving the challenges of everyday life--loss and stress are not unique to the jungle or the mountaintop. Gonzales is an editor for National Geographic Adventure magazine and has written numerous other articles for journals. (Editor's note: some adult language.) Katherine Gillen, Libn., Luke AFB Lib., AZ

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Author:Gillen, Katherine
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Date:May 1, 2005
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