For my independent reading book, I read The Survivor's Club: The Secrets and Science that could Save your life. This book was written by Ben Sherwood, an author and journalist. The book starts off by the author telling how he was a journalist in Sarajevo during the Balkan War. He was in a bus and his friend sitting next to him was shot through his heart by a sniper and was killed. Ben Sherwood wonders why him? He could've just have easily been sitting in that middle seat in the bus. Why did he survive and why didn't his friend. In this book, you will learn all about plane crashes, car crashes, falls, murders, genocides, and every other conceivable tragedy and extraordinary position you could find yourself in the midst. Why do some live when others die? Obviously luck has to do with much of it. However, this book is packed with interesting statistics that will blow your mind and strategies that you can practice every day to raise your chances of living if you ever find yourself in a perilous position. I can honestly say that this is one of the most interesting books I have ever read and had so much trouble putting this book down.
Beyond the science and the strategies for surivival that this book can teach you, there are many deeper lessons to be learned from this book. It will teach you to truly appreciate every day more often and keeps many things in perspective. You really will realize how lucky you are that you make it through each day when there are so many things that can kill you. There are so many unforgettable stories and amazing people that are interviewed ranging from 9/11 survivors to mountain lion attack victims and fighter pilots who have crashed and lived. In the end, the book comes with a test that you take online that will tell what kind of a survivor you are and will address your strengths and weaknesses. This book is a very easy read and will never dull you in anyway. For thos who are looking for an intersting, quick non-fiction book, I highly recommend this book. I would love to know if anyone has been through an extremely dangerous tragedy and has survived. Anything such as a bad sickness to a car crash would count. Share if you would like. Thanks!