Duct Tape Isn’t Enough
Survival Skills For The 21st Century
By Dr. Ron Breazeale
What You Can Do Now
To Spring Back From Hard Times
Bounce Back USA
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Portland, ME 04103
SECTION I: FEAR
Chapter Summaries, Discussion Questions and Author's Comments
Foreword - Chapter 15*
Benjamin, the grandson of the main character, Lee, introduces the story and describes his grandfather. He tells
you that the focus of this story is terrorism: "Acts of terrorism perpetrated on our people by our nation's enemies and by
the disabling mechanisms of our own society." He explains that his grandfather had a disability and that one of the
struggles for his grandfather was acceptance.
1. What do you believe some of the "disabling mechanisms" of our society are?
2. Based on the little that you have been told about the main character, Benjamin's grandfather, Lee, why do you
think acceptance might be an issue for him?
Fear can be one of the most disabling mechanisms that can operate within a society. Lee's disability has much to
do with his concerns about acceptance.
*Refer to pages 4 and 5 for a list of the Eleven Skills And Attitudes That Build Resilience.
It is the beginning of Passover in the year 2013. Dr. Lee Brazil returns to the South to work on a book about the
New, or as he sees it, the Not-So-New South. Lee has never made peace with the South he grew up in as a disabled child,
or with the nuclear industry he blames for his disability.
As Lee is leaving Pine Grove, an "accident" occurs at one of the nuclear plants. He is caught up in the ensuing
disaster and implicated in what the authorities believe is a terrorist plot. He is taken to a decontamination center. He is
suffering from radiation poisoning.
In Boston, Special Agent Jennings of the FBI awakes to the news that he is being reassigned to th