This book has some weaknesses. It’s a little overblown at regular intervals, a bit repetitive, and has a dash more macho than I usually like. These are small complaints about a close examination how humans behave under the supreme stress of survival situations, and why they behave that way, that is ultimately thoughtful and broad. Many gripping stories are incorporated, which make the worthwhile reading entertaining as well. The conclusion that much of the joy of living rests in the act of survival is one I’d have to agree with.