Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Survivalist Literature from the Old Days.
There are more survivalist oriented books out there now than a person could read in a life time. Some of them are pretty good, and others are frankly opportunistic attempts to take advantage of the growing interest in "preppers."
Back in "the earlies" , there was a small survivalist community which was generally ignored by the mainstream unless it was being made fun of.
Still, a lot of the literature put out by the adherents of self sufficiency was very good, and though the vast majority are long out of print, I've built up a collection of books by "the old guard" for my personal library here at home. I thought I'd just list a few of them, because people can still find copies of the majority of the books through Amazon or Barnes and Nobles on line.
Mel Tappan was a highly respected leading light of the survivalist life style. He was not a prolific author, but here are two of his best known books.
Because of it's age, this book is outdated to some extent. It's still a good read and there are things to be learned from it, particularly for the tyro.
A good basic book, which still has relevance decades after it was written.
Then there's Ragnar Benson (nom de plume) who is still cranking out survival literature to this day as far as I know. These are just a handful of his books.
This book is concerned with concealing your weapons should the government start confiscating personal arms. That's a constant threat to American's liberty. In my mind, registration equates to confiscation. First they find out who has what, then they pick it up.
If that seems far fetched to anyone, take a look at how the process worked in Australia and the U.K.
I think a lot of people would stash instead of turn over their weapons, but if Uncle Sugar knows you have them that becomes more difficult. Benson's book has some very good information on how and where to hide arms, much of it based on the different resistance forces in World War 2.
If you have doctors in the family, as I'm lucky enough to do, then you might not need this type of book so much. I recently had a full fledged ER nurse join the group of individuals who will come up here if the fewmets hit the windmill. So I feel pretty good about the medical care situation, especially since these folks helped me revamp my medical supplies and equipment requirements recently.
Even so, how can it hurt to have a book on innovative ways to handle medical emergencies? There are several of them out there, and Ragnar Benson's book is the oldest I know of. So, I have his book and I also bought the newer publications.
Once the balloon goes up, it will be too late to get these so I buy my references as the budget allows. I also make sure to have hard copies, not just digital copies.
This is the companion volume to Ragnar's book of Detonators.
In essence, it's a compendium of field expedient explosives you can make using common household items.
Personally, I doubt I'll be using this one much. But then, none of us know quite what might occur in a collapse situation, or what we might have to deal with.
Better to have it, and not need it, than to need it, and not have it.
This book goes with Home and Recreational Use of Explosives like vodka goes with caviar. If you have one, you need to have the other.
This is one of Ragnar Benson's best books. Very hard to find now, because for whatever reason not that many were published.
The parts that pertain to living in the country are the sections that interest me most, but if you live in an urban environment you can learn some things here.
I believe this was the first book by Benson I ever bought. It's been around a long time, and I don't think it has been reprinted. It's hard to find a picture of it, let alone the actual book. Still, I got mine from a used book dealer for very little money. These old books are out there, and with a little patience you can find a copy in good shape that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
I do most of my own gunsmithing. My shop was originally built as a place for reloading and gunsmithing, because I wanted to be able to feed and maintain my weapons.
I have a lot of gunsmithing books that tell me how to fix this problem or that issue related to the type of weapons I have. They are very detailed and are based on the assumption that you have at least the basic tools for gunsmithing.
However, Ragnar's book is oriented towards the individual who might have one or two weapons he relies on, and suddenly finds himself with a non-functional firearm. He doesn't expect the person in this situation to have a full wall of gunsmithing tools, just what you might have in your garage or tool shed.
This is another book that I had trouble finding but I have been told it was reprinted in the last year or so. If that is so, now would be a good time to pick one up.
This book is a complimentary volume to the previous book on medical treatment. It's designed to tell you how to use common items from your kitchen or bathroom to treat medical issues. The book also makes some good suggestions on things you might want to keep stored away for a rainy day.
I know a lot of people are trying to get out of suburban or urban areas , and get out to the country. If you are one of these folks, this is a book you want to read.
There's so much information in here that would be helpful in choosing a retreat site that I would need a full post to do justice to the book. In fact, if memory serves, I did do a full post on this a year or so ago.
Especially if you have never lived in the country, read this. It can save you so much heart ache and money down the road if you understand how a rural county works, who runs it, what the rules are about water, roads, mail delivery, law enforcement, medical facilities, etc.
Money well spent, but only if you are serious about going out the the mountains, the woods, the desert, or some other rural location.
Do you remember Paladin Press? They used to publish a lot of books on how to do things that were frankly illegal. Ostensibly this was for recreational purposes but they finally came to grief when they published a book on how to be an assassin and somebody used it to plan a murder.
I think they are back in business now, but with a vastly reduced inventory.
My point is that this book tells you how to live in the underground economy, how to avoid trouble associated with doing so, etc.
But, and it's a big but, that's illegal in the eyes of the regime, and anathema to enforcement mechanisms like the IRS.
So, buyer beware.
An interesting book with some good stories, not very many copies were ever published and unless you can find one used, you probably can't get it.
Let me say this though. Books are always being republished and I don't always pick up on the fact that something has just been released for the X printing.
If I wanted one of these, or any other book, the first thing I would do is run a search on Amazon or on Barnes and Nobles. It's a hard book to find indeed that you can't turn up that way, either new or used. Paying for it may be a different matter, though. The harder a book is to find, the higher the price in most cases. However, some used book dealers will sell an old book for pennies just to generate sales statistics for their on line accounts, and sometimes you get some great bargains.
This is the last of Ragnar's books I want to put on this post, because it's getting too long. I've only touched on his books, and there are many, many more. The best way to find what's out there is just run a google search on Ragnar Benson Books.
I bought this book because of my kids, who live in a city up North. My plan is to get them out in the event of a disaster or collapse, and send them either North to Canada or South back down here. But Ragnar's Urban Survival also gave me some good ideas on things to pre-position up there, and on planning.
The last book I want to touch on in this post is not really a survivalist book. But it's full of useful information, despite the fact that it dates way back decades. When it came out there was a great furor and the government made squeals about banning it, but they were never able to do so because of the Constitution. It's a useful addition to anyone's "uncertain future library" .