The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why? by Amanda Ripley
Amanda Ripley's investigative report is an in-depth look at the psychological and sociological study of disasters - how people react, what types of behaviors are common, and how we can handle situations in order to survive. She gives many examples of real people in disasters that not only are we familiar with, but also ones we have never heard of and should have (for example, how about the bomb in Halifax harbor in 1916, that broke windows out sixty miles away?!). My fear is that I would become more fearful of disasters and dangers after listening to this book, but instead it truly gave me a logical way to think about these situations. Knowledge is a powerful tool. And believe me, next time the flight attendant is yammering on about the exits and how to escape from the plane, I will definitely be paying attention. As the Morgan Stanley employees found out on Sept. 11, planning and practicing evacuation plans can save your life. Ripley even deals with young teenage drivers and how to better help them deal with accidents. I believe this is a book that everyone should read. It was intriguing, as well as educational.