The WORST-CASE SCENARIO Survival Handbookbook46
by Joshua Piven & David Borgenicht
176 pages, $14.95
Chronicle Books, Copyright 1999

 by Sev Pearman

MMM has been accused of being soft on book reviews. We prefer to think of it as printing only the finest in rider-friendly publication reviews. That having been said, we excitedly present to you WORST-CASE SCENARIO.

This bright-yellow handbook simply contains 40 sets of instructions to deal with life-or-death situations. Ever wonder how to treat a bullet wound? What about getting to the surface if your scuba tank runs out of air? Ever attempted a 180-degree fast turn (a Rockford) with your car? Now you can!

The authors claim to have consulted with experts such as stuntmen, bomb squad officers, survivalists and bullfighters. Each heading has a basic description and effective military training manual-type illustrations. Critical points are printed in red, and further detailed.

Of greatest interest to MMM readers is “How to Leap from a Motorcycle to a Car.” I kid you not. The first point mentioned is to, “wear a high-quality helmet and a leather jacket plus leather pants and boots.” They go on to explain the process step-by-step, and conclude with, “if you miss the (car) window, tuck and roll away from the vehicles. (see pg. 82 for “Jumping from a Moving Car.”)

The most amazing thing about this book in our age of product liability, is that it was even written, let alone published. Indeed, even the full-page disclaimer is entertaining, “…but because highly-trained professionals may not always be available when the safety of individuals is at risk…”

WORST-CASE can be read two ways: literally, as intended, or with a grain of salt. Either way, it makes an excellent tankbag item or “bathroom best-seller.” Guaranteed to make you the hit of the rest stop or campsite.


Casual Reader -Even book-o-phobes can enjoy this one.

Gear Head – Guaranteed to teach you something you don’t yet know.

Serious Rider – You probably know most of this stuff already, but just in case…


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