"A fascinating and useful new book."
--"The New York Times"
"The thinking person's manual for getting out alive."
"Ripley is a voyeur on a mission...Her conviction: We'd all stand a better chance of surviving a disaster if we understood what happens to our little gray cells when things get ugly....Spiced with surprising factoids, this book might save your life one day."
""The Unthinkable" is part study of the science of reaction to extreme fear, part indictment of the US government's response to the terrorist threat, part call to arms....The end result is a fascinating book....Despite its title and its subject matter, "The Unthinkable" is an optimistic...
--"The Times" of London
"Engrossing and lucid...An absorbing study of the psychology and physiology of panic, heroism, and trauma...Facing the truth about the human capacity for risk and disaster turns out to be a lot less scary than staying in the dark."
--"O, The Oprah Magazine"
"This is a book with a purpose, meant to change things."
--Rob Hardy, "The Commercial Dispatch"
"Amanda Ripley takes us on a sometimes stunning, sometimes sobering journey through disaster, using great stories and respected science to show why some prevail and others do not. "The Unthinkable" isn't merely a book about disaster; it's a book about survival -- maybe yours."
----Gavin de Becker, author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Gift of Fear"
"With "The Unthinkable," Amanda Ripley succeeds in two different ways. First, she covers, with great clarity and accuracy, the science of how the body and mind respond to crisis. In the process, she prescribes certain actions that will increase the chances of surviving a disaster. But it's the second aspect, the stories, that makes the book so compelling. These tales leave your viscera enflamed because they compel two questions: 'What would it feel like to go through that?' and 'Would I dshow more