Wednesday, September 16, 2015
If I could only have a few survival books on the shelf.
I looked over my survival library last night, and tried to pick out the very best books. My criterion was planning guidance, rather than entertainment. The books for entertainment I'll look at some other time.
I haven't done these in any particular order. They're just books that I would consider to be essential. For people new to the self sufficient mind set, they make great "get started" sources. For the old hands, they give different insights into old problems.
This book is not a publication of the Mormon Church. Rather, it's a condensation of Mormon preparedness practices and methods. As a general guide book to the essentials of food storage and much more, you can't beat it.
As far as I know , 2012 was the last printing. It's hard to find these days but you can get it if you try.
James Wesley Rawles is a bit of an eccentric, but for a long time he was the leading light of the survivalist movement. He's a former Army intelligence officer and the primary proponent of the American Redoubt philosophy.
He's the author of a series of interrelated fiction books describing events after a societal collapse, but those fit in the entertainment category although you can glean a lot of practical information from them.
This particular book is the one I bought many copies of and then handed out to my relatives in hopes of convincing them to do a little prior planning.
The book is a basic handbook on getting ready, and what to do once TEOTWAWKI arrives. It ought to be on every survivalist and prepper's book shelf.
This is the companion volume to the book above. It came out much later than How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It.
This is ancillary to the first book. I would say it's primary importance is as a guide for building up your "on hand" supplies of equipment and tools.
Once the bad thing happens, it's unlikely people will be able to run down to the hardware store and make purchases. If you go through this book with a highlighter, you can get the things you need but hadn't thought of . Then you won't be left wondering why you didn't buy such and such an item when you had the chance.
Most of us don't have inexhaustible supplies of money, so we have to buy what we can, when we can. This will help you prioritize and lessen the chances of forgetting something you really should have.
Cody Lundin is quite a character. He had a rough life as a young man, and did time in prison for selling drugs.
When he came out, he decided to live a self sufficient lifestyle in the Arizona desert. The rest is history. One of the two players in "Dual Survival" he was eventually kicked off the show because he couldn't stand the fakery of television any longer.
He runs a survival school in Arizona, and lives in a completely self sustaining home he designed himself. The house has been the subject of just about as many videos and TV shows as he has.
Eccentric he may be, but he knows his stuff. This book is oriented towards outdoor survival. Since any of us could wind up trying to get along somewhere in the boonies, it's a good read. Lundin's books are designed to be easy to read, and humorous. They have some great art work in them.
The book is about as comprehensive as they come. He may a be a hippy at heart, but Lundin is a straight shooter when it comes to survival and a practical man. My copy of When all Hell Breaks Loose is pretty worn and it's been highlighted to death. There's plenty here for the professional and the novice.
The practical advice, what's called "actionable information" today, is really useful and covers just about everything. It's "how to do this" type information. There's some philosophy here too, but primarily this is a sort of mini-encyclopedia of things people need to know when things fall apart.
I don't know how many times I've read this book, but it's alot. And every time I do, I find something else to think about, or take care of. Everybody who wants to make it through to the other side of a big breakdown ought to have this well in advance.
I haven't covered any of Ragnar Benson's books, because I already did a post on all of those some months back. I didn't cover medical books, because those are a subject all on their own. Nor did I put any books that are personal narratives or designed to be entertaining in the post. There are some good ones in both categories and I'll hit them later. The books I did cover are well worth the cost and I have paper copies of them all, for obvious reasons.