Framing the Dialogue


“There is no crime that a man will not commit in order to save himself.”

– – Tadeusz Borowski

This book is not really what I expected as the subtitle that “this book will save your life” prepared me for a “how to” book on surviving an apocalypse.  However, Emergency is author Neil Strauss’ journey from an inept, unprepared city dweller to an accomplished, prepared man.  In what began as a selfish (though wise) desire to prepare for disaster ended with a more balanced approach.  The author was able to share his experiences on the journey which made it a very enjoyable book.

I found it interesting that one of the events that convinced Strauss to take action was the re-election of George W. Bush and the anticipation of some major traumatic event.  He got it in 2008 with the financial collapse.  It was interesting as the author waded through the international puzzle to move his money and attempt to get a non-U.S. passport just ahead of, and sometimes behind, our government’s attempts to close those loopholes.  Swiss bank accounts are not what they used to be.  While I have learned that the best way to survive is to have means (i.e. money), but there is a lot that we can do too.

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