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Book Review – Be Ready When The Sh*t Goes Down


Be Ready When The Sh*t Goes Down by Forrest Griffin, Former UFC champ

So, if you read my review for the first Forrest Griffin book, Got Fight?, you know my hopes were not high for the second. But it actually turned out…okay. Not great, as I think Mr. Griffin still had some involvement in the “writing” process, but style- and, yes, even substance-wise, it was a vast improvement.

For better or worse, Be Ready When The Sh*t Goes Down: A Survival Guide To The Apocalypse, is actually is what it claims to be; that is, a preparation guide for what one should do/know/possess post-apocalypse (which, by the way, Forrest seems to think is coming very, very soon).

Why this book needed to be written, and now, I don’t know. Is there a pressing need to understand how, according to a professional mixed martial artist, one should comport oneself after nuclear Armageddon (the sh*t having indisputably gone down at that point)? Well, I guess the Mayan calendar says 2012, so maybe the joke’s on me.

If you are worried about being offended by foul language or a sophomoric obsession with body-function grossness, then you should skip this series all together (really, this should be a no-brainer; I mean, didn’t you see the f&%$ing title?). And he does exhibit a rather cavalier attitude towards cannibalism, so all you vegetarian/humanitarians out there, consider yourselves warned specifically. But, like I said, it’s not quite as bad as the first one, probably based on Got Fight’s considerable (at least fiscal, if not literary) success.

The publishers/editors/investors saw what it could be, and thought “okay, if we’re going to do this again, and sell millions of copies, I guess we should at least make sure the punctuation and spelling are accurate.” Which I appreciated.

So yes, chalk it up to another example of the fact that people will read anything, especially if written by a celebrity (including myself; I don’t pretend to be any better than anyone else). But at least people are reading. And if both Forrest Griffin and the Mayans are right, we’ve only got a year to prepare. In which case a close reading could prove very valuable indeed.

Spencer T.

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  • Todd July 9, 2011, 5:19 am

    Oh boy, where to start. I like Forrest, but I have no intention to read his books, or listen to him about any upcoming apocalypse any more than I am an extinct tribe. Wanna know why the Mayansa stopped at 2012? The Spaniards distracted them with diseases and conquest. I digress.

    I’m not sure if it’s better to have people read if they’re going to read the likes of this.

    • Spencer July 19, 2011, 10:49 am

      I’m with you, Todd. Though I love reading, you would maybe be better off eating potato chips and staring at your screen-saver in terms of intellectual stimulation.