Come Back Alive

Come Back Alive is an amusing collection of anecdotes and almost assuredly useless advice regarding travel security.  It’s a good light read for the outbound leg of a vacation flight.

This isn’t a serious survival book.  Much of the advice is either so obvious as to be silly, so obscure as to be useless, or just plain wrong.  On the other hand, the trivia is interested and is presented with a witty writing style.

A few excerpts from the book:

  • “Hurricanes spin counter clockwise in the Northern hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern hemisphere, where they are typically called cyclones.”
  • “Insects of the order Hymenoptera (thin-waisted insects) include bees, hornets, and fire ants.”
  • “Typically, today’s traveler’s checks (or TCs as they are called in the industry) are purchased for a penny on the dollar and in many cases are free with premium cards or even auto club or credit union membership”.

While this book doesn’t really earn a place on your preparedness bookshelf, it is a somewhat amusing read and better than most in-flight movies.

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