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The Portable Guide to Getting Out Alive

by Mykel Hawke

Pub Date: April 26th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7624-4064-1
Publisher: Running Press

Just surfaced in angry seas clinging to the hull of your capsized boat, or crawled from the rubble of a collapsed building following an earthquake? U.S. Army vet and TV survival guru Hawke’s expert know-how may be your best chance to make it home alive.

Eminently readable, this lean, no-nonsense survival guide from the star of the Discovery Channel's Man, Woman, Wild is stocked with real-world advice on how to survive virtually any disaster. Outfitted with generous graphs, illustrations and bullet points, Hawke's guide engages without becoming heavy-handed. Topics range from the importance of survival psychology to in-field immunization. Whatever environment you might find yourself in when catastrophe strikes—jungle, desert, arctic, urban—you’ll likely be prepared as never before. Learn how to snuggle up in a swamp and craft your own water purifier out an old sock and some leftover charcoal. Throughout the tutorial, the author never lets you forget that, in most cases, survival simply comes down to having the right attitude—and often a really sharp stick. Readers sitting in their comfortable living-room chairs may never feel compelled to try and construct their own spring-loaded snare or bamboo fire saw, but there is an undeniable sense of empowerment that comes from at least having some clue as to how to go about it in an emergency. The book is also compact and durable for easy transport.

Whether you decide to tote along the handbook on your next intercontinental flight or save it for that long-awaited summer cookout, a priceless resource that’ll pay off even if the cataclysm never hits.