The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why (Paperback)

The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why

From Publishers Weekly
Ripley, an award-winning writer on homeland security for Time, offers a compelling look at instinct and disaster response as she explores the psychology of fear and how it can save or destroy us. Surprisingly, she reports, mass panic is rare, and an understanding of the dynamics of crowds can help prevent a stampede, while a well-trained crew can get passengers quickly but calmly off a crashed plane. Using interviews with survivors of hotel fires, hostage situ (more…)

The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.


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  1. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Disasters and sociology
    This was the first in-depth report of the human psyche during and following disasters. I appreciated the author’s study and found it refreshing as it showed the resilience and…

  2. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    “I’m A Survivor; I Hope You’re A Survivor Too.”
    “The Unthinkable” by Amanda Ripley is a fascinating study of human behavior in disasters with an applied psychology bent.

  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Surviving the Unthinkable: Ripley tells us who and how, and sometimes why
    Fascinating study of the reactions of victims and survivors of disaster–and why people fall into each category.

  4. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Meet Your Disaster Persona
    Journalist Amanda Ripley takes us to ground zero of some of the worst disasters in recent history in a book that focuses on the response of the human brain.

  5. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    An excellent collection…
    … of multiple kinds of disasters and analysis of various people’s behavior in them. A lot of useful information emerges about what to do in different life or death situations…

  6. 2.0 out of 5 stars
    not what i thought
    i didnt get this book being in the medical field ive seen the true uunthinkable this book didnt didnt even come close to showing how we deal with trauma or disaster this was a…

  7. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent resource for exploring human behavior during disasters
    I’ll keep this short…
    This is a fantastic book. If the title interests you in anyway, read “Unthinkable” and you won’t be disappointed.

  8. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fascinating look at the human response to disasters.
    “The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – And Why” by Amanda Ripley is a fascinating look at the human response to disasters.

  9. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    A book that tells on how to survive
    “The Unthinkable: Who survive when Disaster strikes and why” by Amanada Ripley is a great book! Ms Ripley takes a look at disasters that have happened from the explosion at…

  10. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    enjoyed it
    As an emergency responder, I was most interested in the interviews and perspectives of victims…. What they were thinking and why they reacted (or didn’t) the way they did.

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