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Return to Book Page. Michael Largo. You can live scared—or be prepared. Learn the SEAL mindset: Be prepared, feel confident, step up, and know exactly how to survive any life-threatening situation. Former Navy SEAL and preeminent American survivalist Cade Courtley delivers step-by-step instructions anyone can master in this illustrated, user-friendly guide. Fight back, protect yourself, and beat the odds with the essential manual no one in the twenty-first century should be without.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 02, Donna rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. I've had this book for so long and have just now read it.
I think the cover may have made me reluctant to dig right in. I needed this one for a book challenge. This is nonfiction. He covers so many worst case scenarios. I enjoyed that, because as a mother I can go to worst case scenario in under. The author covered so much, except for the zombie apocalypse. This I've had this book for so long and have just now read it.
This was more fun than informative, although some of his advice was great. It is all about being prepared and being smart. View 2 comments. The author is so serious that I couldn't help grinning at him all the time. Left to his devices, he'll want us all to have code words for each emergency with family and colleagues, take drills at sunrise, build safety rooms and nuclear bunkers, and basically turn into paranoid psychos who keep looking behind our shoulders all our daily lives.
There are some good practical tips, both general and situation specific: get off the X, be watchful and situationally aware, narrow down to 3 options, pract The author is so serious that I couldn't help grinning at him all the time. There are some good practical tips, both general and situation specific: get off the X, be watchful and situationally aware, narrow down to 3 options, practice and build muscle memory, "violence of action", hide behind the front tyres of a car, materials that protect from radiation, how to provide the various emergency medical aid, wearing footwear you can run in, learning CPR, etc.
And step-wise tips on what to do in a range of scenarios: car-jackings, bear attacks black, brown, and polar separately , forest fires, live shooters, deserts, drowning vehicles, IEDs, falling through ice, gang violence, jail, lost at sea, riots, pandemics, etc. The problem though, is that you just can't be prepared for every single possible situation in life. For example, while there could be the possibility of a dog attack, it's not possible or practical to actually practice defending from dog attacks the author recommends both shadow practice and using a friend's or neighbour's dog so that your muscle memory will take over when the situation arises.
This goes for almost all scenarios mentioned. An interesting read though, for someone interested in this sort of thing. I enjoyed the various scenarios and the range of things to think about or that can help. Did I take away anything from the book? A little, in terms of the mindset, and committing completely to the course of action.
And my utter lack of knowledge in case of a medical emergency. Apart from that, I'm not too sure. When you're in the emergency, you can't refer to this book.
I suppose one could memorize all this, but then, especially without regular practice, would you be able to recall them, and even if you could, would just this knowledge from a 'general' survival book suffice? Mar 06, Shoshanna Evers rated it it was amazing. So full disclosure there. It took me a long time to read because it's written in sections, which makes it easy to put down and pick up, and read out of order.
I figured if what he wrote there was good based on my knowledge, that I could trust the rest of the book. Trust, people! This guy knows what he's talking about. I loved all the different scenarios in the book - such as what to do if you're in a car and it goes in the water, or what to do if someone's stalking you.
I feel better prepared for anything after reading this book. The best advice he gave, repeatedly, throughout the book was a phrase he called "violence of action. Strike that attacker in the eyes and don't worry if you'll hurt him, because you're saving your own life.
Things like that. It's a good mantra, I imagine, to have in your head when you are in a "do or die" scenario. And that's what this book is filled with - thus the title : Five stars and highly recommended to anyone, not just men or SEALs etc. Women should read this too. You never know when you're going to need to make a splint out of a branch when you're camping and the hospital is far away Jul 03, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction , military , self-help , disaster.
This book probably doesn't deserve a four-star rating. It's not particularly well written or creative or even good advice for most people. But it's entertaining. And strangely I kept laughing because he's so serious.
I kept thinking, "what, is he going to mention what to do if approached by a bear? Don't expect that this book will turn you into a Navy SEAL, but you might find that you pay attentio This book probably doesn't deserve a four-star rating. Don't expect that this book will turn you into a Navy SEAL, but you might find that you pay attention to what's going on around you and motivate you to take a CPR course. It's a quick read and has some nuggets of good advice without being too paranoid.
Note: the author is unapologetically pro gun. If that's going to bug you then don't read the book. Mar 17, AjayJames rated it really liked it. Good book to read as a new way of thinking. There is a lot of information about how to deal with all types of catastrophes, one can find themselves in from car jackings to house invasion.
It gives you step by step instructions on what to do. It also makes me want to be more prepare for some of the events that can happen, in this nutty world. Excellent source reading for survival A very thorough organized training source reading in survival written by an experienced veteran US Navy SEAL who knows what he is talking about.
An adventure while reading and hopefully more pragmatic than not for the future. Jun 22, Andrew Luce rated it really liked it.
Enjoyable read for seeing life from a survival-focus perspective. I now drive with my hands at 8 and 4. Jan 23, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: nf-survival-violence-war. Good book except for a few things he missed. Grizzly Bear mom climbing 50ft up a tree 2 there's a whole lot of things that happen in physical combat that he failed to mention that I think would be highly relevant for people to know, but for that I'm going to include a link to another book that discusses that - On Combat: Th Good book except for a few things he missed.
Grizzly Bear mom climbing 50ft up a tree 2 there's a whole lot of things that happen in physical combat that he failed to mention that I think would be highly relevant for people to know, but for that I'm going to include a link to another book that discusses that - On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace 3 knife fights He really could have done a hellavalot better on that section.
SEAL Survival Guide : A Navy SEAL's Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster
SEAL Survival Guide: A Navy SEAL's Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster
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