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Great analysis of many dimensions of human behaviour. Excellent interviews and the book was well organised, returning to people’s personal experience of certain events to compare and contrast different facets. This was complemented by thorough academic research.
First, Kirsten Potter performed a stellar narration. The book goes into some interesting detail about why some survive and others perish in disasters. In the last 30 or so minutes of the book, there is an amazing story about a security guy at MorganStanley who was on-site during the 9/11 terrorist attack. It describes who this guy was, what he did, and how it made such a positive difference in the survival rate on that terrible day.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
This (audio)book is endlessly fascinating. The author reveals that human behavior in disasters and emergencies often differs greatly than we'd expect. Interesting for a broad audience, and easily understandable.
25 of 26 people found this review helpful
This book is very engaging, and quite emotive. The disasters discussed are modern, and the science that accompanies is relevant and well researched.
There are some things in this book that everyone should be told about, and for that reason I think that you should get this book right now!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I first listened to this book after the death of my older brother as I was trying to make sense of his death. It is riveting to understand how we behave, how we react and to understand the things we can do to help ourselves is reassuring. It means that we can make a difference to our own survival. I am taking my 13yr old nephew to a concert in Manchester & he just asked me if it’s the venue where there was a recent bomb attack. We talked about the data & the likelihood of another bomb & I asked what was the single biggest thing he could do at any venue .... and then explained it is to know where the nearest exits are. Highly recommend this book!