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The Unthinkable - Amanda Ripley

Half of Americans have been affected by a disaster of some kind. In big disasters, regular people are the first and most important rescuers on the scene. But very few of us know what to expect until it is too late.

By combining the stories of survivors with research into how the brain works under extreme duress, The Unthinkable tries to bring light into civilization’s darkest moments. Why do we freeze in the middle of a fire? How can we override this instinct? Why do our senses of sight and hearing change during a terrorist attack? 

-Amanda Ripley, The Unthinkable 

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Cover of the book, "The Unthinkable" by Amanda Ripley

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