Amateur Book Review - Emergency by Neil Strauss-Giveaway

I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of Neil Strauss' Emergency from Harper Collins. I was really interested in diving into this book for so many reasons. I needed a diversion and this is one crazy world we live in and protecting my family is something I think about all the time since 9/11.

We have all heard of Survival of the Fittest but how about Survival of the Most Prepared. Neil takes us on a sometime radical journey of surviving the trials and tribulations of America.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is "I'd rather be a running wimp than a dead hero." Nothing wrong with that. Hiding out sounds like a good thing if you are prepared and you can keep your cool.

While I think this book is mostly tongue in cheek, there were quite a few interesting tidbits that could change the way you view life as we currently live it.

You have to love the titles of some of the chapters too:
  • Why knocking up a Brazilian Women can save your life
  • Why you should think of the Zoo as a restaurant
  • The Britney Spears school of pregnant surfing
Check out Neil's site for much more information.

Inside Emergency, you’ll discover…

  • How to Protect Yourself From Inflation, Hackers, and Celine Dion
  • Why Knocking Up a Brazilian Woman Can Save Your Life
  • Life-Saving Properties of Toilet Tanks
  • Surviving Snipers, Dirty Bombs, and Salad Bars
  • The Gone With the Wind Guide to Asset Protection
  • How to Become Immortal
  • Why You Should Think of the Zoo as a Restaurant
  • Proper Care and Handling of Hawaiian Tropic Girls
  • How to Pick a Lock with a Beer Can
  • Where to Swim Across the Border
  • Mental Health Guidelines For Air Travelers
  • Secrets of Escaped Felons; Birth Control Tips from Billionaires
  • Birthday Clowns to Avoid
  • Five Steps to a Tax-Free Life
  • The Art of Disappearing
  • Tips on Death Cult Etiquette
  • A Ninja's Guide to Bringing Weapons on Airplanes
  • How to Turn Your Credit Card Into a Knife
  • Your Odds of Dying Horribly
  • And much, much more…
The survival language was interesting too; WTSHTF (when the shit hits the fan) EOTWAWKI (end of the world as we know it) to name a few.

I personally loved the chapter called Five Steps to Tax Free and How to Become Immortal in One Easy Step.

In A Nutshell: Very interesting, quick read, entertaining and thought provoking. Word of Caution: This book will NOT save your life! It is not big enough or thick enough to take a bullet for you. However, if you need kindling you will be able to start a nice big fire with it.

Join Emergency on Facebook, take the Survival quiz and see if you could survive a disaster.

Book Description
Terrorist attacks. Natural disasters. Domestic crackdowns. Economic collapse. Riots. Wars. Disease. Starvation.
What can you do when it all hits the fan?
You can learn to be self-sufficient and survive without the system.
**I've started to look at the world through apocalypse eyes.** So begins Neil Strauss' harrowing new book.
After the last few years of violence and terror, of ethnic and religious hatred, of tsunamis and hurricanes–and now of world financial meltdown–Strauss, like most of his generation, came to the sobering realization that, even in America, anything can happen. But rather than watch helplessly, he decided to do something about it. And so he spent three years traveling through a country that's lost its sense of safety, equipping himself with the tools necessary to save himself and his loved ones from an uncertain future.

It's one man's story of a dangerous world–and how to stay alive in it.

Before the next disaster strikes, you're going to want to read this book. And you'll want to do everything it suggests. Because tomorrow doesn't come with a guarantee...

BTW...Did you know you can turn a cigarette into a knife?




Thanks to my Harper Collins Connection I have 1 copy of Neil Strauss' Emergency to give away.

Now for the Giveaway Details:

Prize Description: One lucky reader will receive a copy of Emergency (This book will save your life) by Neil Strauss a New York Times Bestselling Author.

How to Enter: Tell me why you want to read this book. (If this rule is not followed you will be disqualified).

Deadline: April 8, 2009 by Midnight

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76 comments:

  1. from your review it sounds like a great read love to have a copy mverno@roadrunner.com

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  2. I'd like to win this book because the description sounds like it is a totally different kind of book than anything I have ever read. I need something different to read and this would be great! Thanks. I subscribed by email.

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  4. I'd like to read this book because your it sounds entertaining and funny......a little "pick-me-up".....and might be a reminder not to take myself so seriously.....

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  5. I would love to win this book! It sounds very intriguing and quite unique; my curiosity is peaked! Also, my father would enjoy reading this. He reads after my mom is safely asleep. She has alzheimers and he reads to escape and relax at the end of the day.

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  6. Anonymous2:07 PM

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  8. I'd like to read it because it sounds like a fun book.

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  10. i really want to know how knocking up a brazilian woman can save my life. really.

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  11. I'd love to read this book because it sounds interesting! And I'm really curious to know Why I Should Think of the Zoo as a Restaurant. Thanks for entering me.

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  12. we need to protect ourselves from zombies

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  20. Please put me in the drawing. This sounds like such a fun and even enlightening book.

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  24. With all the disasters you hear about, I would like to know how to be prepared. This book will give me some insight

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  25. I'd love to read this because I definitely need a good laugh-and it sounds like it could fit the bill, and I need to know what to do in case of any emergency!
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  27. This sounds like a fantastic and useful read. I can always learn new things to keep my family safe
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  31. I would like to read this because as a librarian in training I am always reading something new. I also like funny books!

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  32. What a great reeview, sounds like something that would be interesting. Please include me in your giveaway.
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  33. i would like to read this because it seems different than other books i have read.

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  34. Sounds like a fun read!

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  36. Anonymous2:19 PM

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  39. That was a really excellent review and now I really want to read this book, thanks.

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  40. I'd love to read this. It sounds like an interesting way to look at the things happening all around us...and who couldn't use a little light hearted humour about that???!!

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  41. i really want to know how knocking up a brazilian woman could save me life

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  42. This is a subject I am very interested in, so please enter me to win! Thank you!

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  43. Because I really really really want to know how to turn a ciggy into a knife. lol This book looks like a fun read.

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  45. I was a boy scout drop out, tried basketball instead and was bad at it. Since I can't join the scouts at 35 years old, maybe this book will help me learn the stuff I missed

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  47. Elsie4:56 PM

    My life perspective compass would spin around,
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  48. I want to read this book because it sounds amazing! And I'd love to be able to wow over my survivalist brother and EMT husband with some factoids! I joined the facebook group!

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  49. i'd like to learn a few tricks and impress my husband :)

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  53. This sounds like it's in the vein of another one that I loved called the Best Case Scenario Handbook, so I'd probably love it. :)

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  54. I think it is always best to be prepared. I over think things -maybe this would give me some ideas. Thanks!

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  55. Even thought it is about serious matters it sounds like it would be hysterically funny!!

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  56. This sounds like a great book for a worrier like myself, something that is a bit funny and even entertaining!

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  57. Anonymous5:44 PM

    This is a great topic and I love the book cover!

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  58. I would love to read this book because the chapters sound so interesting

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  59. This looks like an easy reading that funny too. I am currently reading a romance novel and this would atleast bring some laughter to my reading. Thanks for the chance.

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  60. I'd like to win this because I think everyone should know how to pick a lock with a beer can.

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  61. All of the chapters sound most intriguing. I think perhaps my husband would enjoy this even more than I would. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

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  62. This book sounds like a fun and interesting read, and I'm into reads like that. Plus, I'm ready to learn odd and useful things, like MacGyver. Yeah!

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  63. I want to read the book because it sounds very interesting. I would love to read the author's insights on living life. It would be very informative.

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  66. i want to win this book because it sounds entertaining and tips of any kind help if only to tell you what not to do by example lol.

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  67. Be prepared!!! Scout salute! This is so different than the usual preparedness literature - and I really must learn How to Become Immortal and How to Pick a Lock with a Beer Can. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

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  68. i want to learn to be prepared for anything

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  69. i HATE NOT BEING PREPARED for any situation..this would be great :)

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  71. I'd like to read it in the hope I'd never have to use it. Follow, Subscribe, got button.

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