Deep Survival

Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

Laurence Gonzales (Author, Sante Fe Institute)


“Unique among survival books . . . stunning . . . enthralling. Deep Survival makes compelling, and chilling, reading.”—Denver Post

Over a decade since its original publication, Laurence Gonzales’s bestselling Deep Survival has helped save lives from the deepest wildernesses, just as it has improved readers’ everyday lives. Its mix of adventure narrative, survival science, and practical advice has inspired everyone from business leaders to military officers, educators, and psychiatric professionals on how to take control of stress, learn to assess risk, and make better decisions under pressure. Now with a new introduction on how this book can help readers overcome any of life’s obstacles, Gonzales’s gripping narrative is set to motivate and enlighten a new generation of readers.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 2017
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35371-6
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 336 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Riveting.” — Stephen Bodio, Sports Illustrated

“Far and away the best book on management, leadership and employment I have read this year. . . . Anyone who has ever tried to understand the mind of the entrepreneur should read this book.” — Richard Donkin, Financial Times

“A fascinating look into why we are who we are.” — Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Enough

Deep Survival is by far the best book on the many insights into epic survival stories I have ever read.” — Daryl Miller, Chief of Mountaineering, Denali National Park & Preserve

“A feast of excitement and wonder. Makes complexity and chaos come alive, girdled by neurological processes, drenched with fantastic accounts of danger and death. You will see the world differently.” — Charles Perrow, author of Normal Accidents

“Great stories of disaster and survival... combined with revealing science about the physiology and psychology of how we deal with crisis.... Accurate, accessible, up-to-date and insightful.” — Robert Sapolsky, author of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

“Laurence Gonzales has masterfully woven together personal survival stories with the study of human perception to reach rock-bottom truths about how to live with risk.” — Peter Stark, author of Last Breath: The Limits of Adventure

“Professional rescuers will love this book. It goes to the heart of the instincts that drive us to risk our own lives to save others.” — Jacki Golike, Executive Director, National Association for Search and Rescue

“Gonzalez takes us on a fascinating, fast-paced, and exciting adventure into survival. His captivating stories, many from personal experience, will keep you turning the pages, stopping only to imagine how you, and your brain, would react when faced with a survival experience.” — Joseph LeDoux, author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self

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