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Apocalypse Any Day Now: Deep Underground with America's Doomsday… (utgåvan 2019)

av Tea Krulos (Författare)

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Everyone always seems to be talking about the end of the world--Y2K, the Mayan apocalypse, blood moon prophecies, nuclear war, killer robots, you name it. In Apocalypse Any Day Now , journalist Tea Krulos travels the country to try to puzzle out America's obsession with the end of days. Along the way he meets doomsday preppers--people who stockpile supplies and learn survival skills--as well as religious prognosticators and climate scientists. He camps out with the Zombie Squad (who use a zombie apocalypse as a survival metaphor); tours the Survival Condos, a luxurious bunker built in an old Atlas missile silo; and attends Wasteland Weekend, where people party like the world has already ended. Frightening and funny, the ideas Krulos explores range from ridiculously outlandish to alarmingly near and present dangers.… (mer)
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Titel:Apocalypse Any Day Now: Deep Underground with America's Doomsday Preppers
Författare:Tea Krulos (Författare)
Info:Chicago Review Press (2019), 240 pages
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The description of the book here is pretty on-point, but I have to say the subtitle of the book must have been invented by the marketing department. "Deep Underground with America's Doomsday Preppers" is pretty misleading in that there's no real underground investigation of anything under than a guided tour of an ex-missile silo that's been repurposed into multi-million dollar luxury shelters for the elite.
The book overall is better described as a survey of various people and groups throughout history from Nostradamus to the Mayans to modern day UFO gangs who thought the world was going to end. Or, if not end, then end "as we know it". Only a scant portion of the material is actually focused on preppers, and there is no "deep" dive into their real concerns or preparations beyond what one could read in the first paragraph or two of a wikipedia entry.
There's a lot about burning man style festivals of zombie movie watchers, a hike into the back country, and interviews with random people who agreed to be interviewed. (Yawn)
It also should be borne in mind by the reader that the author is an admitted liberal and while he does pay lip service to liberal preppers (whom he calls "homesteaders"), he rightly states that preppers tend to be independent, self-reliant people of a conservative mindset. The treatment of preppers starts with the presumption that they're equal in credibility to, for example, those who thought the world would end because the Mayan calendar had run out, or those who thought the world would end because of Y2k. On the contrary, every prepper has a different vision of circumstances that might impact their family's ability to live normally, from a Katrina type hurricane, all the way to civil war or even a nuclear war. And every prepper takes different steps, most of which the author doesn't mention, other than the "bug-out bag" which receives a cursory listing of possible contents that would be different for every prepper.
In short for the 7.5 hours of listening I would say there is some moderately interesting information in here but nothing groundbreaking and not much really to be worth investing the time, at least, for someone who has any knowledge of the concept of prepping. As to the notion of "Doomsday Preppers", this is just overblown hype, again probably by the marketing department. Nobody I know is predicting Doomsday. They're just trying to improve their survivability beyond the position of most Americans who make a run on bottled water anytime there's a crisis because they don't keep more than a day of food on hand.
Surely a more interesting "Deep Underground with America's Doomsday Preppers" could come from someone who actually spent a lot of time with some preppers at a compound. Or, better yet, pick up a book by James Wesley, Rawles --you'll understand prepping better and have more fun reading. ( )
  PeterZed | Dec 18, 2019 |
I received this book from Early Reviewers. This was an interesting read. Mr. Krulos is a free lance journalist who spends each chapter with a different group of people preparing in various ways for the end of the world. Funny, interesting and at times creepy.
The reader does a good job on this CD version. It is a fairly short read or listen and would be good for a road trip.
My only complaint would be that the author starts a couple of times to get too political. But those moments don't last long. ( )
  hredwards | Aug 27, 2019 |
This book covers the prepper lifestyle. I found it to be not very useful. It was not a book I looked forward to listen to. Maybe because there was not much new information for a person who is even slightly familiar with the topic. The book is not terrible. But at the same time it's not terribly interesting. I wish I could write a better review covering more specifics, but the book did not hold my attention. Therefore, I did not find it very memorable. ( )
  Songbird08 | Aug 15, 2019 |
Apocollypse Now was a well researched book, but was limited to a survey of the various groups that believes mankind is set on a path of destruction and they need to be prepared. Some of the book seemed redundant - the preppers, the homesteaders, the Zombie Squad etc. all have similar beliefs and are preparing their bug out bags in similar ways. The chapter on the very expensive condos within de-activated missle silos held my attention. It was interesting to hear of the extent some very rich people are going to protect themselves for 5 years should there be a need to abandon their homes and careers to stay alive. I am glad I read this book since this is a segment of our society to which I have no exposure. ( )
3 rösta joyceBl | Jul 11, 2019 |
When I requested this book on the monthly Early Reviews list I was expecting this to be a book looking only at the prepper culture - the people (often portrayed as very conservative, maybe paranoid, looking at conspiracies online) who collect food, guns, and military surplus to survive the end of the world. And while Tea Krulos does explore some of this culture, interviewing preppers in Wisconsin and New York, and looking at that culture, I was pleasantly surprised that there was so much more to this book. Tea not only explores the prepper culture, but also some of the different cultures (sub-cultures) that have cropped up with similar goals (preparing for the end of the world) but going about it in different ways. There were the members of Zombie Squad, an international group of preppers that use the hypothetical zombie apocalypse as a springboard not only for prepping, but for outreach, volunteering, and blood drives. There are the homesteaders who try to recreate and relearn the skills our ancestors had to prepare food, live off the land, and lead a simpler life. Tea interviews and immerses himself in these different groups, giving us an inside look into this culture, and maybe giving the reader a pause to think - am I ready? Maybe not to survive the end of the world, but if a serious weather event or natural disaster happened, could you survive for 3 days without access to food, electricity, and all the modern comforts we enjoy?

A good book that gets into the prepper sub-culture, exploring this world honestly and with a bit of entertainment. (The time Tea spends at the doomsday-themed Wasteland event, based primarily on the Mad Max movies was quite interesting.) Tea provides a glimpse at this world dispassionately, without judgement, providing the reader an intimate look at a group of people that are often seen as extreme. ( )
  GeoffHabiger | Jul 11, 2019 |
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Everyone always seems to be talking about the end of the world--Y2K, the Mayan apocalypse, blood moon prophecies, nuclear war, killer robots, you name it. In Apocalypse Any Day Now , journalist Tea Krulos travels the country to try to puzzle out America's obsession with the end of days. Along the way he meets doomsday preppers--people who stockpile supplies and learn survival skills--as well as religious prognosticators and climate scientists. He camps out with the Zombie Squad (who use a zombie apocalypse as a survival metaphor); tours the Survival Condos, a luxurious bunker built in an old Atlas missile silo; and attends Wasteland Weekend, where people party like the world has already ended. Frightening and funny, the ideas Krulos explores range from ridiculously outlandish to alarmingly near and present dangers.

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