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Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life [Paperback]

Neil Strauss
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Book Description

March 2 2009

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 bestsellerThe 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 markedThe Game, The Dirt,andHow to Make Love Like a Porn Star, Emergencytraces 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...

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“The world is in crisis. If you’re looking for an emergency escape plan, this book is it.” (Jason Fine, Rolling Stone)

“Like a George Plimpton for the 21st Century, Neil Strauss has mastered the art of the professional amateur. In Emergency, he manages to find the humor in an otherwise frightening time, with wit, wisdom and often hilarious repercussions.” (David Swanson, Maxim)

“If you’ve ever wanted to beat the system, get off the grid, or become an escape artist, this is your manual.” (Tim Ferriss, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek)

“Strauss is well versed in the wit of pop-culture speak, so whether he’s explaining the acquisition of citizenship in a tropical locale, how to cut and cook a goat, or modes of extreme self-defense, his engaging voice pushes things along.” (Flavor Pill)

About the Author

Neil Strauss is the author of theNew York TimesbestsellersThe GameandRules of the Game. He is also the co-author of four previous bestsellers:How to Make Love Like a Porn Star(with Jenna Jameson),The Dirt(with Mötley Crüe),Don't Try This At Home(with Dave Navarro), andThe Long Hard Road Out of Hell(with Marilyn Manson), and the co-author of the satirical graphic novelHow to Make Money Like a Porn Star(with Bernard Chang), which has been banned in Singapore. Under the alter ego "Style," he achieved the distinction of becoming the world's greatest pickup artist. Strauss lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exiting, Captivating, Excellent! March 25 2009
Like in "The Game", in his new book "Emergency" Neil takes us to a different reality that most of us are unaware of. This time Strauss immerses himself in a community which interest and obsession is to be prepared for the next world crisis.
History repeats itself, and it is just a matter of time until the world we live in falls into chaos again; when we face this challenges, only the best prepared will survive.

While the content of "The Game" differs from that of "Emergency", both books create a similar effect in terms of making the reader reevaluate what he thought he knew about the subject. Ideas and behaviors that initially appear to be extremist, illogical and hard to believe become clear, rational, and necessary.

Once Again, Strauss' efforts result in a book or guide that offers an easier start for those who want to follow his steps. In the case of this new launch, his determination to be prepared for the next crisis will help you learn how to survive the worst that this world has to offer. Thanks Neil!

The book itself is very interesting and captivating. Neil's particular story and his entertaining way of telling it will keep you thrilled from start to finish.
Whether you are looking for an escape plan for when everything you know falls into chaos, or just entertaining and exiting reading, I strongly recommend getting "Emergency".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected...But Not Bad. April 21 2009
I just finished reading this book and I had never read a Neil Strauss book in my life before. I think he is definitely a good writer and the book got alot more interesting after it became more about survival and less about the legal work involved with survival. I think he got the point across in the end and I think the book is definitely worth a read. Not an edge of your seat book and not anything I was expecting. The title is a little misleading as it's more a story then a guide. If you're expecting some sort of survival guide then this book is not for you. If you want a book with short little anecdotes about the authors pursuit of survival techniques and you have a little bit of a sense of humor and imagination then this book is for you. Either way, I had a fun time reading it for the most part and I definitely think Neil Strauss is a good author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting and entertaining read July 23 2014
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I learned about this book after seeing Neil Strauss on a documentary about alien invasion. This is a terrific book. Don't read this book expecting to get a bulleted list of how to survive an emergency. It's not a reference book, it's a story about what Neil Strauss learned in his own journey into being a prepped or survivalist. And it is a terrific story. Strauss is very thorough. He covers everything you need to consider to prepare for survival; from surviving in the bush; surviving in urban chaos; learning how to survive in these environments, and so forth. He covers everything you need to know and many things that are extra.

You will need to read the whole book to get the full value of what Strauss has learned. But it is an easy, fast, and very entertaining read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book. Sept. 1 2010
This book is a pretty good biography of someone going through panic at the possible fall of modern society and taking steps toward improving his chances of survival. It isn't really anything close to other books by Neil Strauss, and a lot of the tips included in the book might not be easily available to everybody.

Not a must read book by any means, but I kinda enjoyed it.
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Once again, Neil Strauss has penetrated a culture that is little known to the general population. This is not a how to book, it is a detailed account of Neil's path to learning survival tactics, techniques and philosophy. This was a great read and provides several references if you would like to learn 'how to'.
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