Combining wit and journalistic detail, "Plan B" follows Strauss's journey toward obtaining a second citizenship in a small Caribbean island--and offers a wry commentary on the future of America in a time of uncertainty.Combining wit and journalistic detail, "Plan B" follows Strauss's journey toward obtaining a second citizenship in a small Caribbean island--and offers a wry commentary on the future of America in a time of uncertainty.Read Less
New. 0060898771 New. No dust jacket as issued. Brand New! Support Radical Independent Pacific Northwest Booksellers! Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 418 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. 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's harrowing new book: his first full-length worksince the international bestseller Game, and one of the most original-and provocative-narratives of the year. 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. With the same quick wit and eye for cultural trends that marked Game, Dirt, and How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, Emergency traces Neil's white-knuckled journey through today's heart of darkness, as he sets out to move his life offshore, test his skills in the wild, and remake himself as a gun-toting, plane-flying, government-defying survivor. It's a tale of paranoid fantasies and crippling doubts, of shady lawyers and dangerous cult leaders, of billionaire gun nuts and survivalist superheroes, of weirdos, heroes, and ordinary citizens going off the grid. 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..
Neil Strauss finally resolved to become self-sufficient in an emergency when he realized that government emergency services take days to set up before they can actually start helping disaster victims (kind of like the old saying, "When seconds count the police are only minutes away"). "Emergency" is an entertaining, even inspiring account of how Neil became a qualified first-responder, trained self-defender, and fully ready to help himself and others survive emergencies from small to huge. There are parts you have to steel yourself for (good prep for starting on your own path to self-sufficiency), such as what happened to Bettie the goat. Along the way there are helpful hints and provoking thoughts that may, indeed someday save your life.
May 23, 2010
Not for 'Preppers'
This book is for SERIOUS survivalists. Strauss has a friendly, informal style, but his topics are dead serious. You don't buy second citizenships and a place outside the country if you're just another 'Preppy Prepper' soccer mom putting away gold doubloons.
The book is well illustrated, in the style of a 'graphic novel' and makes some very important points. The author's journey may surprise you. Good book.
Jul 26, 2009
You gotta love this guy and his writing 'style'. This is engaging from the beginning and, as usual, really insightful. I dig it.
Jun 27, 2009
I heard good things about the book, but I can't confirm, since I never received it. I contacted the shipper twice after not receiving the shipment yet never got a reply.
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