When disaster strikes, time is of the essence. The people who survive are those who know what to do: They have their earthquake kits packed, their compasses at the ready, and their self-defense moves down pat. Everyone wants to believe that they are that person—the one who would prevail whether they found themselves facing a tornado, an angry bear, or a revolution in a third-world country. Filled with clear, concise instructions, helpful diagrams, essential checklists, and inspirational first-person stories from the survival pros at Outdoor Life magazine, this book is a fascinating armchair read that might just save the reader’s life. Sprinkled throughout are real-life “extreme survival” stories of amazing feats that both inform and entertain. Even if the most terrifying thing you’ve ever survived is a traffic jam, this book is a must-read.