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“[In] Chris Begley’s The Next Apocalypse: The Art & Science of Survival (Basic Books), Begley, a professor of anthropology [and] survival coach, looks at what happened with previous doomed civilisations – including the Maya, the Roman Empire, and Native American societies – to evaluate what can help us in a future collapse.”—The Independent
“Lively and personal—a book for the airport lounge… The apocalypse is here, it’s just not evenly distributed... Yet Begley has comfort to offer. Past apocalypses have not been a case of everything, everywhere, all at once. … Begley offers tips…, most of them reassuringly simple."—New York Review of Books
“Begley digs into cultural apocalyptic fantasies (as reflected in TV, movies, books, and survivalist subcultures) to see how such concepts compare to actual apocalyptic events. This sociological and scientific exploration is a quiet surprise of a book that will make readers question assumptions about civilizational collapse and apocalypses in general… Full of witty anecdotes about survivalism and prepper culture, Begley’s book is an absolute joy to read and a hidden gem.”
“An insightful look at the history of natural and man-made disasters and how people have survived them… Extensively researched and evenhanded, this is a valuable resource for preparing for the next crisis.”
“an insightful overview of the fantasies and realities of catastrophes . . . solid popular science.”—Kirkus
“Begley expertly explains how a doomsday can occur (and includes suggestions on short term survival) but goes easy on the doom, preferring knowledge and preparation over fear and panic.”—Booklist
“A calm, practical and fascinating look at the worst 'what if' scenario.”