The Unthinkable
Title The Unthinkable PDF eBook
Author Amanda Ripley
Publisher Random House
Pages 325
Release 2009-11-10
Genre Self-Help
ISBN 1409069354

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It was 8.46 a.m. on 9/11 when Elia Zedeño, who had worked in the World Trade Center for twenty-one years, heard a booming explosion and felt the building lurch violently to the south. She grabbed her desk, taking her feet off the floor, and screamed, 'What's happening?' How would you react to a disaster? Would you be paralysed with fear? Would you panic and lose control? Or might you suddenly discover hidden strengths in yourself? In The Unthinkable, award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley investigates some of the most harrowing catastrophes in history in order to piece together exactly how we react in a crisis. Through compelling interviews with survivors and experts she uncovers our instinctive reactions, shows how primitive parts of our brains take over when we're put under pressure, and demonstrates that we can, in fact, train ourselves to do better. We all have a 'disaster personality' that reveals itself at moments of crisis. In The Unthinkable you can become acquainted with yours.Who knows? One day, understanding how it works may save your life.

The Unthinkable (Revised and Updated)
Title The Unthinkable (Revised and Updated) PDF eBook
Author Amanda Ripley
Publisher Harmony
Pages 0
Release 2024-08-20
Genre Self-Help
ISBN 0593796721

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Discover how human beings react to danger—and what makes the difference between life and death “Fascinating and useful . . . [shows that] the most important variable in an emergency is your own behavior.”—The New York Times Today, 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 history’s epic disasters, from the explosion of the Mont Blanc munitions ship in 1917–one of the biggest explosions before the invention of the atomic bomb–to 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 brain’s fear circuits, and the stunning inadequacy of many of our evolutionary responses. Most unexpectedly, she discovers the brain’s ability to do much, much better–with just a little help.

Never Shaken
Title Never Shaken PDF eBook
Author Cristina Matta
Pages 106
Release 2021-04-07

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Cristina Matta takes us past the headlines of unthinkable earthquakes to tell the incredible stories of human response. Through her work as an ESL Instructor, Cristina learned the stories of these eleven women and encouraged them to share the stories of perseverance for her book. These stories shared by dynamic souls of earthquake survival illuminate the need to remember those lost and to build homes that withstand earthquakes.The women tell their tales and describe the strength needed to survive the earthquakes of Kashmir, Peru, Pakistan, Turkey, and Japan; sharing their innermost thoughts. How did they react?How did the trauma affect the women?Would they be heroes, survivors, or thrivers?Would it ultimately change their lives? Join Cristina and these 11 women as they tell their stories and help to bring light to the organizations that can help build change in these countries torn by natural disasters. Readers of "The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why" by Amanda Ripley might enjoy the ability to dig deeper into the survival stories of the locals as they experienced these earth-shattering quakes.

Eco Culture
Title Eco Culture PDF eBook
Author Robert Bell
Publisher Lexington Books
Pages 278
Release 2017-11-15
Genre Nature
ISBN 1498534775

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This book opens a conversation about the mediated relationship between culture and ecology. The terms ecology and culture are past separation. We are far removed from their prior historical binaric connection, and they coincide through a supplementary role to each other. Ecology and culture are unified.

Come Hell or High Fever
Title Come Hell or High Fever PDF eBook
Author Russell W Glenn
Publisher ANU Press
Pages 498
Release 2023-01-24
Genre Political Science
ISBN 1760465542

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‘Nations appear and fall, but cities endure and rediscover how to succeed. In this meticulously defined and researched book, Glenn presents ideas for minimising suffering during urban catastrophes. His urgency identifies risks held in urban areas by 3.5 billion people. These people are many of us: as urban populations occupying 3 per cent of our planet’s land area, drawing water from 41 per cent of the world’s ground surface, consuming 60 to 80 per cent of global energy and achieving 80 per cent of the world’s economic productivity. For Glenn, our resilience—through diversity in preparation, survival and recovery—includes comprehensive approaches that are sustained in duration, orchestrated in bringing all necessary capabilities to bear, layered in approach and early in application.’ —Major General Chris Field, Australian Army ‘The time to prepare for the inevitable is now. Dr Glenn has written a book that should be read by all leaders, planners and responders who may be called upon in an urban disaster, whether natural or man-made. Military leaders should give it particular attention, as the human race is increasingly concentrated in its cities. Understanding how to wage war in dense urban terrain is essential, especially if a nation also seeks to hold the moral high ground. The fruits of any victory won among people that fails to consider the lessons in Come Hell or High Fever are likely to be very bitter.’ —Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, United States Army (retired)

When It Feels Like the Sky Is Falling
Title When It Feels Like the Sky Is Falling PDF eBook
Author H. Norman Wright
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
Pages 226
Release 2018-09-04
Genre Religion
ISBN 0736974849

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I'll Never Forget That Day The unexpected strikes each of us at some point in our lives. Those days when the sky feels as though it's closing in and our world is crumbling around us. A loved one dies... We survive a natural disaster... We witness a horrific event or act of terrorism. And we live in fear of what might happen as we step onto an airplane or watch as someone we love is admitted into the hospital. How can we best respond to such shock and grief? Is it possible to feel safe again or to make sense of life in the aftermath? Christian counselor H. Norman Wright has helped individuals cope in the wake of 9/11; Hurricane Katrina; the mass shootings at Aurora, Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada; and other traumatic events. Here he offers compassionate guidance on facing—and growing from—the circumstances you fear most. You'll discover practical ways to prepare for the unexpected, and find a path to real hope and peace—even in the midst of tragedy.

Paris Under Water
Title Paris Under Water PDF eBook
Author Jeffrey H. Jackson
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Pages 276
Release 2010-01-05
Genre History
ISBN 023010231X

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In the winter of 1910, the river that brought life to Paris quickly became a force of destruction. Torrential rainfall saturated the soil, and faulty engineering created a perfect storm of conditions that soon drowned Parisian streets, homes, businesses, and museums. The city seemed to have lost its battle with the elements. Given the Parisians' history of deep-seated social, religious, and political strife, it was questionable whether they could collaborate to confront the crisis. Yet while the sewers, Métro, and electricity failed around them, Parisians of all backgrounds rallied to save the city and one another. Improvising techniques to keep Paris functioning and braving the dangers of collapsing infrastructure and looters, leaders and residents alike answered the call to action. This newfound ability to work together proved a crucial rehearsal for an even graver crisis four years later, when France was plunged into World War I. On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the flood, Jeffrey H. Jackson captures here for the first time the drama and ultimate victory of man over nature.