Monday, February 8, 2010


Every day we hear about disasters, deaths, and financial struggles. What would you do if you were face with one of these situations? In the The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life by Ben Sherwood all of these topics are discussed.
  • What is the five types of survivors.
  • The three rules of the Survivors Club.
  • Survivor secrets are mentioned throughout the book.
  • down play the myths, look at the science of survival, and encourage people to think.
  • The survivors tool kit that includes an online profiler that will determine what type of survivor you are.
  • Asks the question, what are your top three strengths?
I took the survivor profile ant it was determined that I was a fighter. My top three survivor tools was Ingenuity, purpose and adaptability.
To get your own profile you need to visit to be able to answer the profiler questions.

About the Author-

Ben Sherwood is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. Sherwood is also the founder and CEO of, a new online resource center and support network that helps people survive and thrive in the face of adversity.

From April 2004 to September 2006, Sherwood worked as executive producer of ABC’s Good Morning America during the two most successful seasons in the program's history. Sherwood guided prize-winning coverage of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, the devastation of hurricane Katrina, and the controversial presidential election of 2004.

From 1997 to 2001, Sherwood worked as senior broadcast producer and senior producer of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. From 1989 to 1993, he worked as an investigative producer and associate producer at ABC News PrimeTime Live with Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson.

Sherwood is the author of two critically acclaimed best-selling novels: The Man Who Ate the 747 and The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud. Both books were translated around the world and are in development as feature films. The Man Who Ate the 747 is also being developed as a Broadway musical.

Sherwood’s new book, The Survivors Club, is a non-fiction exploration of the science and secrets of who bounces back from everyday adversity and who doesn’t; who beats life-threatening disease and who succumbs; who triumphs after economic hardship and who surrenders.

A graduate of Harvard College and a Rhodes Scholar, Sherwood earned masters degrees in history and development economics at Oxford University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Karen Kehela Sherwood and his son Will.
The bio was taken from here.

My Thoughts-

The book was an interesting and easy read. The information provided was based on the experiences of actual survivors and there was very little science involved.  I always thought that the back of a plane was the safest place to sit but according to the book the best place to sit is five rows from an exit. I will keep that in mind when I make my next airline reservation. The author is an excellent writer and he provides great examples of survival techniques. It is always good to keep calm in a bad situation, but can we? I recommend this book.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the Hachette Book Group and I was not compensated for the review.


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