Suggested Survival/Preparation Reading

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by CA357, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    This is a thread for posting about reading material that you've found helpful. If it's survival or preparation related and you think it's worthwhile, post it here. :)
     
  2. jungleman

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    I take the magazine entitled "BUSHCRAFT" here in the U.K.
    Even the mag it'self is handy in Winter if your out in the woods as you can rip the pages out and put them next to your skin as insulation.
    Everything has a use in a survival situation.

    May I say your idea on this Posting, is very good, and hopefully fruitfull,also.

    Jungleman
     

  3. fireguy

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    From Ranger@shtfblog.com

    Posted by permission of Ranger from shtfblog.com
    I have read some of these, hope to get to some more of them as time goes on.

    List of Seventy Fictional Survival, Doomsday, TEOTWAWKI and Apocalypse Books
    by Ranger Man on April 21, 2011



    This post is pretty basic, but actually took time to assemble. It’s meant to be a resource for preppers interested in turning the television off and opening an entertaining read. Links change over time, so if you find a dead one, please alert me in the comments so I may correct it. I was tempted to make this a list of 75 or 100, but I feel this list is pretty thorough and includes the good ones. I think it’ll keep any reading prepper busy with entertainment for a while.

    Because of new forum rules the rest of the post can be found at
    shtfblog.com
     
  4. CA357

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    Here's what I have at the moment. I also regularly reference various blogs and websites. However, since big brother can shut down the net at any time, I'm not confident that online resources will always be available. I plan on picking up more books as I go.

    "The Encyclopedia of Country Living" by Carla Emery

    "Living Well on Practically Nothing" by Edward Romney

    "Long Term Survival in the Coming Dark Age" by James Ballou

    "Urban Survival Guide" by David Morris

    "How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It" by James Wesley Rawles

    "The SAS Survival Guide" by John "Lofty" Wiseman

    "Emergency Preparedness & Survival Guide" by the publishers of Backwoods Home Magazine

    "The Modern Survival Retreat" by Ragnar Benson

    "The Survival Retreat" by Ragnar Benson

    "Ragnar's Urban Survival" by Ragnar Benson

    "Patriots" is a work of fiction by James Wesley Rawles, however it's a pretty practical book as far as preparations. But, it presumes an almost unlimited budget. It's still a good guide even so.

    I have had a subscription to "Backwoods Home Magazine" for years now and find it money well spent.
     
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  5. Poink88

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    I would suggest getting/reading books about;

    - Identification of (local) edible & medicinal plants.
    - Trapping, hunting & fishing basics
    - Fish & game dressing/preparation
    - Exotic food preparation/cooking (like internal organs, etc.)
    - Gardening/farming
    - First aid
    - General how-to guide
    - Various ways to collect water
    - etc. (rule is...go basic)
     
  6. CA357

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    Poink, those are all excellent ideas/subjects. Would you be more specific and post some titles and authors that you think would be helpful?

    For instance, we have a ton of gardening books but I never even thought to include some on the list.
     
  7. Poink88

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    Here's some but most other books (you possibly already have) may contain similar information. As usual, take any advise you get from these with a grain of salt and use your own common sense.

    Amazon.com: Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition (9781602392335): Abigail R. Gehring: Books

    Amazon.com: SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation (9780061733192): John 'lofty' Wiseman: Books

    Amazon.com: How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times (9780452295834): James Wesley Rawles: Books

    Amazon.com: The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants (9780976626602): Samuel Thayer: Books

    Amazon.com: Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants (9780976626619): Samuel Thayer: Books

    Amazon.com: A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guide) (9780395988145): Steven Foster, James A. Duke, Roger Tory Peterson: Books

    Amazon.com: The Encyclopedia of Country Living: An Old Fashioned Recipe Book (9780912365954): Carla Emery: Books

    Amazon.com: Organize for Disaster: Prepare Your Family and Your Home for Any Natural Or Unnatural Disaster (9780966797046): Judith Kolberg: Books

    Amazon.com: What Fish Don't Want You to Know: An Insider's Guide to Freshwater Fishing (9780071417143): Frank Baron: Books

    Amazon.com: Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in a Crisis (9780761563679): Peggy Layton: Books

    Amazon.com: PREPAREDNESS NOW!: An Emergency Survival Guide (Expanded and Revised Edition) (Process Self-Reliance) (9781934170090): Aton Edwards: Books

    Amazon.com: The Complete Guide to Freshwater Fishing (The Freshwater Angler) (0052944013103): Editors of Creative Publishing, Creative Publishing international: Books

    Amazon.com: The Trapper's Bible: Traps, Snares & Pathguards (9780873644068): Dale Martin: Books

    Amazon.com: Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game (9780882663913): John J. Mettler: Books

    Amazon.com: A Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoking Meat, Fish & Game (0037038174571): Wilbur F. Eastman: Books

    BTW, I am not (in any way) connected with Amazon. I just find shopping through them convenient.

    Also do not get hang-up with the equipment aspect on some of these (say on fishing)...similar results can be attained using simple home made items and others can be done without.
     
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  8. c3shooter

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    The very FIRST book that Poink listed is at least one that should be on your bookshelf. It also makes good reading. Rather broad and shallow in many areas, but will serve to guide your further reading.

    Foxfire books, Euell Gibbons Edible Plants guides. From there, whatever floats your boat. My library covers a bit of everything from Boy Scout Handbook to Be your Own Wilderness Doctor to Trail cooking to Home Gunsmithing to TM 31-210.

    Shop carefully, books are cheap, books work with no batteries, are not erased by EMP, and can always be used to swat an annoying urchin.

    One other suggestion- back issues of a magazine- The Mother Earth News. Not the current pub by that name. The one that started in the 1970s. 8 issues a year, folks into the "back to the land" movement. Homesteading. crops. compost. weaving. Canning. Got a recipe for crackers? check E-bay (as much as I dislike them) for sellers that have multiple issues in one sale, o the shipping costs will getcha.

    Besides, gives something to read in the bomb shelter waiting for the radiation levels to drop.
     
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  9. bkt

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    Poink, you rock! Thanks!
     
  10. CA357

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    Looking for more reference books folks.
     
  11. Seven

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    These aren't "books" but I saved them to a flash drive. I'm working on printing them all and making my own book with them. On the right of this page there are 17 pdf files:
    TACDA Acedemy

    222 pages of Mormon preps: LDS Preparedness

    I'll shoot you a pm with a few more links to save forum space.
     
  12. Seven

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    Oh, the Deep Winter series by Thomas Sherry is pretty solid in ideas about rebuilding communities.
     
  13. 2hot2handle

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    Might wanna print all that out. SHTF computer might not be working, nor the printer, and ink cartridges will probably be in short supply ;)
     
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    Survival Guns and Tappan on Survival by Mel Tappan.
     
  16. Seven

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    I'm on my third printer cartridge. :cool:
     
  17. Caoimhin

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    I found that reading the book Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose was very revealing to me and my "outdoors man" life. This is about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Most of the country was still the way God made it. The men would lose weight eating between 8,000 and 12,000 calories a day at times. It's hard work. Lewis documented well his supplies. It's a good read and makes you think if you had to return to nature today.
     
  18. CA357

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    That's a great book.
     
  19. fireguy

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    I've read it a couple of times. It was amazing that they could eat such a huge amount of meat and still not satisfy their hunger. That is a good indicator of needing a complete diet. They were not getting the complete proteins the body needs. Almost no carbs, mostly meat, what was described in the text as "poor", meaning very lean. I don't think I could have done what those fellows did, my hat is off to them.

    Another good read about wilderness adventure/survival is "River of Doubt" about Teddy Roosevelt's trip down the Amazon river.
     
  20. Poink88

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    Printed on 56 sheets (duplex & back to back) cut and sorted. I will bind it this weekend. Thanks for sharing.