Laurence Gonzales won two National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors for his work on National Geographic Adventure Magazine, in 2001 and 2002. Since 1970, his essays have appeared in several national publications and his work has won numerous awards. Laurence is the author of Deep Survival as well as a dozen other books. He also participated as a writer, in the Emmy Award winning series, "From the Earth to the Moon". He has been Managing Editor of the journal Tri-Quarterly, Contributing Editor for Paris Review, Articles Editor for Playboy, Artist in Residence at the University of Missouri, Contributing Editor for Men's Journal, and is now Contributing Editor for National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
Award-winning author and journalist Laurence Gonzales discussed his work researching the 1989 crash of United Airlines Flight 232, and the incredible stories of those who survived this deadly disaster. He was drawn to the intense drama of the incident, with passengers exhibiting feats of heroism, and caring for people they didn't... More »
Author Laurence Gonzales shared stories about how certain people survive life threatening situations and demonstrate miraculous endurance and ingenuity. Almost all of the survivors he interviewed underwent a type of spiritual transformation during the process, Gonzales noted.