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Advance Praise for Extreme Fear

Extreme Fear is extremely good, extremely important, and extremely well-written. We get to experience what it’s like to be a 25-year-old woman facing a mountain lion; a stunned student in the midst of the Virginia Tech massacre; and a physician who has to remove his own appendix at the South Pole. The best part of Jeff Wise’s wonderful book is his demonstration that fear, like any other powerful force, can be turned to your advantage–IF you understand it.”

–Christopher McDougall, author of New York Times bestseller Born to Run

“Intelligent and textured. Jeff Wise smartly uncoils the science behind fear, and profoundly plumbs the obsession, the possession, and the struggle against the brevity of life.”

–Richard Bangs, author of Quest for the Kasbah and producer/host of the PBS series Adventures with Purpose


“This book is like an adrenaline rush–thrilling, and stimulating activity in many parts of your brain–and you will most likely find yourself occasionally pausing to set it down and take a deep breath. If you want to know exactly why this is a good thing to do, you should heed Jeff Wise, who–when it comes to deconstructing the mechanisms of fear–is scary smart.”

–Robert Sullivan, author of Rats


“Jeff Wise has a knack both for gripping first-hand accounts of real adventure and an impressive understanding of cutting-edge science.”

–Robert Young Pelton, author of The World’s Most Dangerous Places


“Jeff Wise dissects fear with an engaging mix of the latest science and stories of perseverance and survival under the most challenging conditions. Written in an accessible prose, this book is both enlightening and fascinating, no matter what your background or expertise, and is a must-read for anyone interested in human behavior.”

–Jason P. Kring, President of the Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments


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Thinking About Fear & the Brain

If I find myself in a severe crisis, will I be able to keep it together? How can I control anxiety and panic? Is it possible to lead a life less bounded by fear? These are the sorts of questions that I'll be exploring in this blog, an offshoot of my book, Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger, published on December 8, 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan.

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