In this book Neil Strauss takes through the events that lead to his decision to have an escape plan in case of the collapse of the government. He then realizes that just leaving the country is not enough, one must be able to survive on their own. This leads to classes and conversations with the people who know how and are able to train him. It is a very interesting book and his style of writing is easy to follow and enjoyable to read. As the back of the book notes, he has a sharp eye, quick wit and narrative drive. He is also very candid, not only of what he can now do to survive, but the problems he encountered along the way, obstacles from others and his own lack of confidence and ability.