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Reading List for August 2023

Cover for the book 'How to Survive History: How to Outrun a Tyrannosaurus, Escape Pompeii, Get Off the Titanic, and Survive the Rest of History's Deadliest Catastrophes' by Cody Cassidy

Summer is coming to a close and fall is rapidly approaching. August was a bit heavier listening as compared to the last couple of months. In August I listened to 14 books, most are repeat listens.

I only listened to a single new book last month and that is the book I want to highlight. The book is titled "How to Survive History: How to Outrun a Tyrannosaurus, Escape Pompeii, Get Off the Titanic, and Survive the Rest of History's Deadliest Catastrophes" by Cody Cassidy. Here is the description of the book:

A detailed guide to surviving history’s most challenging threats, from outrunning dinosaurs to making it off the Titanic alive

History is the most dangerous place on earth. From dinosaurs the size of locomotives to meteors big enough to sterilize the planet, from famines to pandemics, from tornadoes to the Chicxulub asteroid, the odds of human survival are slim but not zero—at least, not if you know where to go and what to do.

In each chapter of How to Survive History, Cody Cassidy explores how to survive one of history’s greatest threats: getting eaten by dinosaurs, being destroyed by the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs, succumbing to the lava flows of Pompeii, being devoured by the Donner Party, drowning during the sinking of the Titanic, falling prey to the Black Death, and more. Using hindsight and modern science to estimate everything from how fast you’d need to run to outpace a T. rex to the advantages of different body types in surviving the Donner Party tragedy, Cassidy gives you a detailed battle plan for survival, helping you learn about the era at the same time.

History may be the most dangerous place on earth, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit. You can, and you should. And with a copy of How to Survive History in your back pocket, you just might make it out alive.

This was a good book that provides some plausible methods for actually surviving some of the worst disasters in history. It is both entertaining as well as informative. It seems like a topic that could be dull, but it is not.

Note: the links below contain affiliate codes where I get a small commission if you purchase something.


Title Author First Listen Amazon Apple
No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court Edward Humes No Amazon Apple
Rumors of War (Green Zone War Book 1) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
Star Peregrine (Green Zone War Book 2) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
Prison Planet (Green Zone War Book 3) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
Rogue Navy (Green Zone War Book 4) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
Rogue Battleship (Green Zone War Book 5) Jake Elwood No Amazon Apple
Warship (Black Fleet Book 1) Joshua Dalzelle No Amazon Apple
Call to Arms (Black Fleet Book 2 Joshua Dalzelle No Amazon Apple
Counterstrike (Black Fleet Book 3) Joshua Dalzelle No Amazon Apple
Daemon (Daemon Book 1) Daniel Suarez No Amazon Apple
Freedom(TM) (Daemon Book 2) Daniel Suarez No Amazon Apple
A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson No Amazon Apple
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson No Amazon Apple
How to Survive History: How to Outrun a Tyrannosaurus, Escape Pompeii, Get Off the Titanic, and Survive the Rest of History's Deadliest Catastrophes Cody Cassidy Yes Amazon Apple
Total   14    

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