I don't want to go to bed this early because then I'll wake up in a couple of hours and be up all night. So I am trying to stay awake just now.
Looking at the book shelves, hoping to find something to read, I came across this.
I remember finding it in a bookstore in a small town just outside Atlanta. I've never seen a copy anywhere else. I bought it because the author was writing about why people do the things they do under stress. That seemed like useful knowledge even though the book cost about $15.00, which was a lot for a paperback at the time.
What Gonzales does is look at people in high risk professions, and then contrast their behavior in dire situations with different psychological studies that might shed some light on their actions. It all boils down to "why do some people do really stupid things in an emergency and others do the right things?"
Because he uses actual case studies, it's an interesting read. You can go through the first page of a chapter and figure out what is going to happen as he sets up the story. Reading it on through and confirming your worst fears is addictive. On the other hand, some of his case studies show individuals who did it right, stuck it out, and survived. Many of them are not the ones you would have picked from a mixed bag of characters to be the survivors.
I'm not sure if there are still copies out there. I would imagine you can get one from Amazon used if nothing else. My copy is marked up in all different colors, as I've read it numerous times and highlighted the things that struck me as worth remembering.
Now I think I'll go start reading it again and try to stay awake that way. The dogs are helping me. Every ten or fifteen minutes they start raising hell and rushing around outside the house. They are gravitating to the spot where I toss dead chickens over the fence. Something is out there looking for a frozen chicken dinner, and more power to whatever it is. Coyote, raccoon or possum would be my guess. Bobcat or the elusive red wolf, currently being reintroduced up here, I doubt. Not a bear. If it were anything other than the minor players of the forest, the dogs would be making a completely different noise. This is just their moderately interested tone of barking. Something bigger would be their "bring the gun and the flood light" bark.