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10 Must Have Survival Books

10 Must Have Survival Books

10 must have survival booksAfter spending some time on a bunch of forums and surveying people I know (on the internet and in real life), I’ve come up with what the general consensus finds to be the 10 MUST HAVE SURVIVAL BOOKS. Check out the list below (in no particular order) and let us know what you think. Are there any we missed?

 

 

 

1. [easyazon-image align="left" asin="0811733041" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51EsANlCwrL._SL160_.jpg" width="106"]How to Survive Anywhere: A Guide for Urban, Suburban, Rural, and Wilderness Environments This excellent book addresses the fundamental survival abilities required to help you stay alive and healthy within the forest, and surrounding suburbs, and city. Each chapter concentrates on a principal section of concern–water, fire, food, shelter, clothing, tools, and weapons–explaining at length practices relevant to any or all conditions. This one-of-a-kind guide provides real methods to existence-threatening situations triggered by natural or man-made problems, along with the challenges experienced by anybody who would like to live more freely from modern systems, for a couple of days or perhaps a lifetime. Read more…

 

 

2. [easyazon-image align="left" asin="1579122213" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41-4fmDxtJL._SL160_.jpg" width="88"]How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier Has been called by some readers “the Bible of survival”. Angier lays out this easy-to-digest information in four distinct sections: food & water, keeping warm, how to keep track of where you are and find your way out if lost, and overall outdoor safety. Those who are experienced outdoors people or those who grew up in rural areas might find some of the content a bit basic, but for those of us (myself included) who did not, this book has a wealth of potentially life-saving survival prep info to take with you into the wilderness. Read More…

 

 

3.[easyazon-image align="left" asin="B004VLYU00" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51E38hXuHHL._SL160_.jpg" width="160"]SAS Survival Handbook (Revised Edition)  by John “Lofty” Wiseman Loaded with indispensable survival information, this book is the grandaddy of them all. This is one that if you can, you want to have in all of your emergency kits. John “Lofty” Wiseman is an SAS veteran of 26 years and is the founder of the survival school at Hereford. In short, this guy knows his stuff. The book is broken into 11 sections that cover everything from the bare basics to disaster avoidance to using the stars to navigate all the way up through what to do in a nuclear disaster. Available in backpack size as well, get one of these, toss it in a ziploc bag and add it to your BOB. Read More…

 

 

4.[easyazon-image align="left" asin="0762780703" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/517FoS2O-UL._SL160_.jpg" width="107"]Wilderness Medicine Beyond First Aid by William W. Forgey M.D Here’s a scenario for you: the big day has come. The “S” just hit the “F” and it’s time to load up and bug-out. You feel confident you’re well prepared. You’ve got your kit with plenty of water (or the means to make some), MREs, warm clothes. Maybe it’s really bad and you’re armed to the teeth. You feel invincible! But then, while you’re busy feeling like a modern-day Rambo, your foot gets caught in a crevice and twists. As you fall you feel something snap. Now what? This is one of the many things Dr. Forgey covers in Wilderness Medicine Beyond First Aid. The author — former president of the Wilderness Medical Society — puts forth here a reference for us to use in medical emergencies when an actual medical facility is difficult or impossible to get to in time. There’s also a companion website which has updated information as wel as color photos displaying the methods laid out in the book. Read More…

 

 

5. [easyazon-image align="left" asin="0760303029" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51KTGQ7PT2L._SL160_.jpg" width="113"]SAS Escape, Evasion and Survival Manual by Barry Davies The title pretty much says it all. This book outlines the methods used by the SAS  for escape and evasion, tracking, astral navigation,water purification, finding and/or building shelter, trapping, hunting, how to survive at sea, and various methods of self defense. I havent personally read this one but I’ve been told it’s even better than it’s U.S. Army counterpart. Read More…

 

 

6.[easyazon-image align="left" asin="0972768890" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CZhLH77HL._SL160_.jpg" width="130"]Dare to Prepare, 4th Edition, 2011 by Holly Deyo Weighing in at 632 pages, this phonebook-sized beast is the ultimate in disaster preparation reference books. What’s kind of neat about this particular book is tat it’s not just a bunch of lists and step-by-step instructions (although there’s plenty of those too) but the author uses personal anecdotes to make the subject matter more interesting. I also like that it takes into consideration that a) some of us live in apartments, not our own homes, and b) not all of us have an enormous budget to pour into our prepping plans. Having all this information organized in an easy-to-find way can be invaluable both before and during an emergency situation.

 

 

7. [easyazon-image align="left" asin="B0045OYSDM" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41slyVLTV2L._SL160_.jpg" width="124"]US Army FM 3-05.70 Survival Manual A US Army issued survival manual that comes on looseleaf paper (binder not included). A lot of the info can be found in any other survival book but some of the other, more militarily geared information is pretty interesting. For example, there’s sections on how to move through hostile environments and a section on “Methods of Stalking” — not sure how useful that’s gonna be but it’s overall a pretty cool read anyways. Appendices include identifying edible plants, knot tying, how to spot dangerous wildlife, and more. Read More…

 

 

8.[easyazon-image align="left" asin="0615497551" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51zynSyOiML._SL160_.jpg" width="128"]Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart” Out of all the books on this list, this is the on I find the most interesting. Holding Your Ground” addresses one of the oft neglected aspects of survival preparedness: how to defend your home WTSHTF. It’s written with the layman in mind — John Q. Public who has no military training but who could find himself in a position where there is a need to fortify and defend his home from the Golden Horde.

 

 

9.[easyazon-image align="left" asin="1469235633" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51embEzkUkL._SL160_.jpg" width="97"]Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming CollapsePatriots is a survival prep manual dressed up very nicely in a fictional narrative. What’s great about this book is that it really does have something for preppers at any level, and the way that the info is presented in story form makes it not only easy to digest but a fun read as well. The group of characters in the story are faced with several survival scenarios and the means by which they are able to come through them are very detailed and informative. Everything from basics of water location and purification to building shelters all the way up through more advanced tactics such as group dynamics and weapon synchronization. All in all a very entertaining and worthwhile read.

 

 

10.[easyazon-image align="left" asin="1933392452" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HXqyq71SL._SL160_.jpg" width="123"]When Technology Fails (Revised & Expanded): A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency

There’s never been a much better time for you to “be prepared. Matthew Stein’s in depth primer on self-sufficient living know-how–from water and food to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills–prepares anyone to start on the path towards sustainability. But unlike every other book, Stein not only demonstrates how to live “green” in supposedly stable times, but to survive in the face of prospective catastrophes, lasting days or years, arriving in the form of social upheaval, economic turmoil, or environmental devastation.

When Technology Fails encompasses the gamut. You’ll quickly learn how to spark up a fire and keep warm if you’ve been left momentarily homeless, as well as the fundamentals of setting up a renewable energy system for your home or business. You’ll learn how to locate and sterilize waterwhen confronted with utility failure,and also practical informationfor coping with water-quality issues even when the public tap water is still flowing.Fully revised and expanded–the first edition was written pre-9/11 and pre-Katrina, when few Americans took the risk of social disruption seriously–When Technology Fails ends on a positive, proactive note with a new chapter on “Making the Shift to Sustainability, which offers useful suggestions for changing the planet on personal, community and global levels. Read More… 

 

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