Book Review

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbooks

Piven and Borgenicht

These tongue-in-cheek survival manuals give useful advice on plausible (and implausible) emergency scenarios.

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Escaping from quicksand, using a defibrillator, making a fire without matches, delivering a baby in a taxi.

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel: Stopping a runaway camel, foiling a UFO abduction, escaping from a car trunk, crossing piranha infested rivers, gestures to avoid in foreign countries.

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating & Sex: How to determine if your date is an axe-murderer, how to deal with a drunken date, how to survive if you wake up next to someone whose name you don't remember.

There are several more in this series. These books, all of which are short and highly readable, have inspired several imitators, such as the juvenile How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion by Daniel H. Wilson and Don't try this at home: how to win a sumo match, catch a great white shark, start an independent nation, and other extraordinary feats (for ordinary people) . This one is really goofy and includes "instructions" for things like shutting down a nuclear reactor using a pair of wire cutters. Yeah, that'll work.

February 8, 2007 Back