The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why

By | June 23, 2019
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why Author Amanda Ripley
ISBN-10 0307352900
ISBN-13 9780307352903
Year 2009-06-16
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Harmony
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Discover how human beings react to dangerand what makes the difference between life and deathToday nine out of ten Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes hurricanes tornadoes terrorism or other disasters Tomorrow some of us will have to make split second choices to save ourselves and our families How will we react What will it feel like Will we be heroes or victims In her quest to answer these questions award winning journalist Amanda Ripley traces human responses to some of recent historys epic disasters from the explosion of the Mont Blanc munitions ship in 1917one of the biggest explosions before the invention of the atomic bombto the journeys of the 15 000 people who found their way out of the World Trade Center on September 11 2001 To understand the science behind the stories Ripley turns to leading brain scientists trauma psychologists and other disaster experts She even has her own brain examined by military researchers and experiences through realistic simulations what it might be like to survive a plane crash into the ocean or to escape a raging fire Ripley comes back with precious wisdom about the surprising humanity of crowds the elegance of the brains fear circuits and the stunning inadequacy of many of our evolutionary responses Most unexpectedly she discovers the brains ability to do much much betterwith just a little help

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