After reading some of the posts here I’ve started thinking a lot more about being prepared for various situations. I found it easiest to list things that I might need based on needs. For example, the first need in any bad situation is water. I then listed everything that goes with meeting that need. Next would be shelter, then food, and so on. The last item on my list, and perhaps the most important for me, was information. That was also the item that I had the most difficulty with. There’s tons of great information on the net but it’s all electronic. There’s a good chance that information isn’t going to be available in a serious emergency such as a natural disaster. It almost certainly wouldn’t be available in a SHTF scenario. That got me to thinking that an important part of being prepared for bad times would be an actual physical library. Now what books to put in that library? I know there are a lot of great books out there, but there are also a lot of books that wouldn’t even make a good campfire. So are there any recommendations for books? I don’t have any particular type of book in mind. Anything on topics such as emergency medicine or subsistence living would great. Books that also reference historical periods such as Colonial America would also be great. I find myself becoming more and more fascinated with how early settlers managed to survive and prosper with almost nothing. Unfortunately there aren’t very many books that explain the specifics of how they did it. How exactly did they make a grinding wheel to sharpen metal tools? How did the first settlers plow a field or build a smokehouse? Any recommendations would be appreciated.