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The Disaster Diaries

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse
Sheridan, Sam (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Sam Sheridan has traveled the world as an amateur boxer and mixed martial arts fighter; he has worked as an EMT, a wilderness firefighter, a sailor, a cowboy at the largest ranch in Montana, and in construction under brutal conditions at the South Pole. If he isn't ready for the apocalypse and the fractured world that will ensue, we are all in a lot of trouble. Despite an arsenal of skills that puts many to shame, when Sam became a father he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect his son. If the power grid went down, how much food and water would you need? If you were forced outside the city limits, could you survive in the wilderness? And let's not even talk about plagues and attacking aliens. The problem is, each scenario requires a different skill set--so Sam decides to gain as many skills as possible.--From publisher description.
Authors: Sheridan, Sam
Title: The disaster diaries
how I learned to stop worrying and love the apocalypse
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2013
Characteristics: 324 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Sam Sheridan
Contents: Rise and shine
The primary component
Witness the fitness
Pack your lunch
Number one with a bullet
I'm not a doctor (but I play one during the Apocalypse)
Get the hell out of dodge
Mad Sam
Naked into the wilderness
The die is cast
The ultimate aboriginal
My friend, my friend, he's got a knife
The pursuit of protein
A world lit only by seal oil
This is the end
Summary: Sam Sheridan has traveled the world as an amateur boxer and mixed martial arts fighter; he has worked as an EMT, a wilderness firefighter, a sailor, a cowboy at the largest ranch in Montana, and in construction under brutal conditions at the South Pole. If he isn't ready for the apocalypse and the fractured world that will ensue, we are all in a lot of trouble. Despite an arsenal of skills that puts many to shame, when Sam became a father he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect his son. If the power grid went down, how much food and water would you need? If you were forced outside the city limits, could you survive in the wilderness? And let's not even talk about plagues and attacking aliens. The problem is, each scenario requires a different skill set--so Sam decides to gain as many skills as possible.--From publisher description.
ISBN: 9781594205279
1594205272
Branch Call Number: 613.69092 S5525d 2013
Subject Headings: Sheridan, Sam Survival United States Disasters United States Preparedness Self-reliance United States Emergency management United States
Topical Term: Survival
Disasters
Preparedness
Self-reliance
Emergency management
LCCN: 2012030937
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Despite an arsenal of skills that puts many to shame, when Sam became a father he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect his son. If the power grid went down, how much food and water would you need? If you were forced outside the city limits, could you survive in the wilderness? ... Read More »


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Feb 15, 2014
  • Argavius117 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As someone who really believes the world can end at any time, this book was a great help in getting me prepared for anything. I will be sure to learn as much as Sam did.

Oct 18, 2013
  • CatherineLibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As a parent you find that the whole list of scary things that live in your imagination grows as your children do. Sam Sheridan would agree. He writes that when he became a father, he like most parents, had nightmares about how he would protect his child. Unlike most parents maybe, his nightmares included apocalyptic visions of what might happen to his family in the case of a massive earthquake, plague, or alien attack. Sheridan addresses his fears with knowledge and training that would make us all look like slackers. He is a mixed martial arts fighter and has worked as a cowboy, firefighter, and EMT. What is unique about Disaster Diaries is how each chapter begins with Sheridan letting his imagination flesh out a fear: a story of civil unrest here, a tale of alien abduction there, or a natural disaster here and also there. Sheridan works through each scenario informing the reader how he prepares and trains.

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