Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

b00uqerm4c-01-lBook #9: Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath, Ted Koppel

What would happen if there was a widespread cyber attack on our electric grid and millions of people were without power for not just a few days but a few months, or worse for the foreseeable future?   In this book, Ted Koppel talks with key individuals in the power industry, government and the prepping community about the risks and implications of an attack on the power grid.  It is an sobering discovery that our greatest vulnerability may not be from an external army or enemy ordinance but from a tool of ubiquitous connectivity: the internet.

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100 Deadly Skills: A SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Puruers, Evading Capture and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation

b00udci5fc-01-lBook #2: 100 Deadly Skills: A SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Puruers, Evading Capture and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation, Clint Emerson

In a world that is becoming more and more dangerous, the best defense against being a victim is to have a basic knowledge of self defense and survival skills.  In this book, Clint Emerson draws on his skills gained as a Navy SEAL operator and adapts them to a civilian audience.  I was initially drawn to this book given its mission to teach self defense and survival skills.  While there are many important skills in this book and I agree with the premise (civilians need to be prepared to face hostile people and situations) I found that many of the skills were beyond anything I will likely ever encounter.

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Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

b0028z4luu-01-lBook #3: Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why, Lawrence Gonzales

Why is it that in the face of harrowing situations some people survive and some succumb to their fate?  In this book, Lawrence Gonzales seeks to explain his lifelong study: what makes one a survivor.  This is an interesting look into the mindset of survivor and various philosophies of the workings of the universe.  However, it is written from a naturalistic perspective.  And despite a brief description of fate as a yin-yang between chaos theory and complexity theory, the author completely ignores the idea of a sovereign God who ultimately is in control the universe.

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