Synopses & Reviews
Lost Wisdom is a celebration of the time-honored lore on which people once relied. It draws on folklore, tradition, and superstition and is packed with amusing anecdotes and historical extracts that illuminate the beliefs and knowledge of our ancestors. It also brings to life the wisdom and practical skills that helped generation after generation, becoming lost only with the advent of mechanization and the technological age.
This beautiful book will immerse readers in the pleasures of the past as they explore information that has been passed around the campfire and schoolroom and handed down from parent to child. Among the skills included are weather forecasting, understanding longitude and latitude, raft making, telling time without a clock, celebrating spring, wart charming, and curing drunkenness.
"Nearly 180 pages of immediate-action drills for when everything goes to hell in a handbasket (SOF editors all keep a copy on thier desk at all times)....Aficionados in some fields might quibble over certain techiques, but for the amount of ground this compact volume covers in dealing with dozens and dozens of worst-case scenarios in common-sense fashion, it's well worth having." Soldier of Fortune
"Those with deep-seated fears about killer bees, quicksand, mountain lions and sharks will enjoy The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, a handy little book for the extremely prepared....a no-nonsense, no-fooling around guide with straight-forward information." Jacqueline Blais, USA Today
Reviews from: Soldier of Fortune
Nearly 180 pages of immediate-action drills for when everything goes to hell in a handbasket (SOF editors all keep a copy on their desk at all times). Succinct overviews and pity, practical courses of action from legion experts-in-their-fields, to fight Murphy at least to a draw. Aficionados in some fields might quibble over certain techniques, but for the amount of ground this compact volume covers in dealing with dozens and dozens of worst-case scenarios in common-sense fashion, it's well worth having. Odds are good you'll meet more than one of the situation during your life, and the time spent studying this volume may turn out to be some the best time you ever invest. If nothing else, it makes you think out your options beforehand, so you have a plan.
Those with deep-seated fears about killer bees, quicksand, mountain lions and sharks will enjoy The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, a handy little book for the extremely prepared that is climbing the best-seller list. This is a no-nonsense, no-fooling around guide with straightforward information. But fear not: The authors have enough perspective to acknowledge the campy appeal of an armchair guide for the anxious. "We thought it would be funny to people," Borgenicht says. They were, he says, "inspired by pop culture as much as by paranoia most of the scenarios we talk about were a TV or a movie scene." Sharks, the authors say, scared both of them to pieces in childhood. Blame it on Jaws.
Danger! It lurks at every corner. Volcanoes. Sharks. Quicksand. Terrorists. The pilot of the plane blacks out and it's up to you to land the jet. What do you do? The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is here to help: jam-packed with how-to, hands-on, step-by-step, illustrated instructions on everything you need to know FAST from defusing a bomb to delivering a baby in the back of a cab. Providing frightening and funny real information in the best-selling tradition of the Paranoid's Pocket Guide and Hypochondriac's Handbook, this indispensable, indestructible pocket-sized guide is the definitive handbook for those times when life takes a sudden turn for the worse. The essential companion for a perilous age. Because you never know...
Experts provide step-by-step instructions for escaping from, avoiding, or surviving a wide range of dire situations.
From how to survive a volcanic eruption and how to escape from quicksand to how to fend off a shark attack or break down a door, this hands-on, illustrated, step-by-step instruction handbook provides frightening and funny real information in the bestselling tradition of "The Paranoid's Guide" and "Hypochondriac's Handbook." Two-color diagrams.
This charming book is an engaging introduction to a range of traditional crafts and activities. Almost one hundred skills are described and illustrated, from trout-guddling to lacemaking, beekeeping to drystone walling. Whether wanting to learn a new craft, explore social history, or reminisce about pastimes from a bygone age, readers of all ages will lose themselves in Lost Crafts. And with more of us choosing green and ethical lifestyles, there has never been a better time to rediscover these sustainable pursuits.
About the Author
Joshua Piven is a writer, editor, and Website designer who lives in Philadelphia. He's ready for anything.
David Borgenicht is a Philadelphia-based writer whose own worst-case scenario involved a heavy-armored vehicle in Pakistan.
Dozens of Experts include pilots, race car drivers, Navy SEALS, army colonels, geologists (earthquake!), and stuntmen.
Table of Contents
Great escapes and entrances -- The best defense -- Leaps of faith -- Emergencies -- Adventure survival.