THE ART OF SURVIVAL by Cord Christian Troebst. 312 pages. Doubleday. $5.95.
"In the winter of 1956-57, a New Yorker and his wife driving along a highway got stuck in a snowstorm. They found shelter in an ice-cold disused builders' shed on the side of the road.
The man tried to light a fire in the stove with his sodden matches, but did not succeed. When all his matches were spent, he and his wife wrapped themselves in their coats and some old rags they found there, and lay down to die."
They acted stupidly. Why did neither one of them think of using...