words kill, words give life

EMERGENCY This Book Will Save Your Life

Posted in books and stories by Kaitlin on September 6, 2009

I picked EMERGENCY up because it had an interesting cover (and because it was on the “buy 1, get 1 50% off ” table at Borders). After flipping through, I found its sections interspersed with comic-style illustrations explaining things like how to make a knife from a credit card or a bow and arrow from PVC pipe.

So I bought it. And I got far more than I bargained for.

Not just instructions for surviving chemical attack, treating snakebites, etc., EMERGENCY is also an autobiographical tale of Neil Strauss’ personal preparation for the End of the World as We Know It (that’s EOTWAWKI, in survival speak). He takes us along on his adventures as he searches for safety with guns,¬† goats and gas-masks.

This book will either make you laugh at the crazy fringe who believes the apocalypse is around the corner or it will make you paranoid enough to run and join them. If you’re anything like the author, it’ll make you a little of both. Like Strauss said, “We make fun of those we’re most scared of becoming.”

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  1. Good Omens « words kill, words give life said, on September 14, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    […] Good Omens, an almost-twenty-year-old “cult classic” that I recently read. Like Emergency, I picked up Good Omens because it was on the sales table at Borders (mayhaps Borders is looking […]


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