Exploring our “disaster selves”

July 8, 2008 § Leave a comment

“Most of us, I think, have imagined what it might be like to experience a plane crash or a fire or an earthquake,” writes Amanda Ripley in her engaging, enlightening and surprisingly upbeat new book, “The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes — and Why.” “We have ideas about what we might do or fail to do, how it might feel for our hearts to pound in our chests, whom we might call in the final moments, and whether we might be suddenly compelled to seize the hand of the businessman sitting in the window seat. We have fears that we admit to openly and ones that we never discuss. We carry around this half-completed sentence, filling in different scenarios depending on the anxiety of the times: I wonder what I would do if …” …

Review: “The Unthinkable” (The Barnes & Noble Review)

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