Richard Earl Broome, who you know as the author of a number of thought-provoking articles here on Backdoor Survival, is today’s featured author in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.
His newest book, Good Crazy, is a sequel to Leaving The Trees , which I wrote about in the article Leaving the Trees: More Lessons of Survival. Leaving the Trees is one of those books that you want to read cover to cover without putting it down. It is that good and Good Crazy is more of the same.
In addition to the interview, Richard is offering a copy of Good Crazy to one lucky reader. Enjoy the interview then check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
An Interview with Richard Earl Broome, Author of Good Crazy
Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?
I suspect the readers of Backdoor Survival have already received from the other authors participating in this Backdoor Survival Book Festival some very sound advice about this. As well, Backdoor Survival itself is consistently an excellent, daily source to answer this question for all readers. Therefore, I will answer this question a little differently.
Become a deeper thinker.
In short, don’t just think of prepping in terms of things such as the best food preservation techniques to use or the best alternate power source equipment to buy, but rather how you would put all these preparations to together (in your mind) against the many possible threat scenarios you could face.
Consider their strengths and weaknesses. When could any preparation fail you and under what circumstances? If you want to try this, think through how long you could isolate yourself from society today if the Ebola threat became worse.
At what point would things fall apart for you?
Become a more skeptical thinker.
Just because the T.V., newspaper or radio says it is so, does not make it so. Consider the agendas of the people behind these sources of information. What was the old adage we learned as children? “Stop, Look and Listen!”
Stop just accepting everything you watch, read or listen to without investigating them more. Put everything through your own internal BS detector before accepting them. If in doubt about what I am saying, consider the purposeful, deliberate misinformation about government programs that have occurred in the last year. “If you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare.” Yeah right.
Become a more analytical thinker.
Meaning, do what I recommend in my speaking and writing engagements “look around the next corner while still walking down the street.” Watch, read and listen more widely.
Look for the dots to connect before everyone else notices there even are dots. Spot the potential for trouble before others do. Use common sense. If a drought is predicted, put aside water. If they are calling for a hard winter, put up firewood while it is still cheap to buy. If food shortages are just starting to be predicted in the press, make sure your stores of food are complete.
In short, learn to be less of a linear thinker, but much more of a holistic and critical thinker. Analyze everything happening around you. Learn to be able to identify all the moving parts in a given situation and how you could more completely and effectively respond.
What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?
Again, you will get plenty of sound advice about specific items from the others, such as knives, guns, food storage, etc. Assuming the readers of Backdoor Survival are more likely to be already somewhat prepared or on your way to being prepared with these things, I would use an additional $500 to purchase key books and reference manuals about things such as gardening, first aid, medicine, carpentry, self-defense and so forth.
I would also add some more thoughtful books to enable readers to practice the holistic, critical thinking I have recommended, such as the two books written by James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg: The Great Reckoning: Protecting Yourself in the Coming Depression and The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age.
Although considered investment books and both written in the 1990s, both were very insightful and prescient about the emergence of the very threats we are experiencing today, using mega-political analysis to step back and examine, at a strategic view, what actually is going on in the world and how best to protect yourself.
Finally, I would add my own third and book, which I am currently writing to follow my first two, Leaving The Trees and Good Crazy. It is called Stone Pony and will be devoted to what it will take to restore civilization after a collapse and how we could re-establish responsible, effective government and a fairer rule of law. I was on the White House staff for two Presidents of the United States and feel I have a pretty good concept for this.
To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?
My wife of forty-five years and I are complete accord about this. Today we added to our kerosene supply. We cannot get one more thing in our food storage supply. When Ebola arrived on the scene as a threat, we discussed how we could isolate ourselves in our home, if need be, and what other measures we needed to take.
What is your favorite survival or prepping book? (It can be fiction or non-fiction.)
This is the hardest question to answer because there are so many of them, some right in this very Backdoor Survival Book Festival. This is like asking me, as a father of four, to name my favorite child. It is not possible. I love them all.
But…to name just one book, I would recommend The Survival Medicine Handbook: A guide for when help is NOT on the way by Joseph Alton and Amy Alton.
Do you have anything else (announcement, message, personal experience) that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?
I would invite your readers to listen to my two most recent radio shows where I discuss world events and preparedness topics on the South Bay by Jackie show in Los Angeles.
The Book Giveaway
A copy of Good Crazy has been reserved for one lucky reader. To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday and the winner will be notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
The Final Word
Before closing today, I want to share with you a bit of additional information about Richard so that you will have a better understanding of why his books and his think-pieces are such an important contribution to Backdoor Survival.
In his own words:
In 2008, as a paid consultant for the U.S. Department of the Treasury I helped design and run a cyber war game about the potential impact of a cyber attack on the global financial markets. The players were all the major government financial regulators along with Wall Street’s major firms. The results of this game stimulated my thinking that led to writing Leaving The Trees and its sequel, Good Crazy, as well as my think piece for Backdoor Survival in 2014, The Coming Cyber War.
Apparently the White House plans to do another war game like this with the UK as a partner: Barack Obama and David Cameron Are Going to Play a Cyber Attack War Game.
The problems we saw in 2008 are, no doubt, still there in 2015. My books and articles predict the possible impacts if these become a reality.
Yes, this is scary stuff and most assuredly, this is a marked shift from what we were preparing for a mere four years ago. With that said, I hope you will enter the giveaway so that you can win a copy of Good Crazy and begin to formulate a survival strategy of your own.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Good Crazy, the much-anticipated sequel to Leaving The Trees is finally here!! Readers of the first novel in this trilogy of suspense novels will now finally be able to continue their exciting journey in this second novel.
Questions such as: What ultimately caused the final breakdown of society? How did the separate Bridger and Bozeman camps first form to survive? What was the final showdown between Scott Alvarez and Anne Brennan over control of their new society?
All are answered in Good Crazy. This thrilling suspense novel is full of twists, turns and surprises as the characters learn to trust each other, experience deception and betrayal and ultimately seek their final revenge. If you enjoy provocative thinking about the current challenges facing our society today and the possible outcomes, this fast paced book is for you!
Bargain Bin: For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival.
Book Festival 7 – Non-Fiction
The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide
The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness
The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse
Developing a Personal Preparedness Plan
Survival Guns: A Beginner’s Guide
5 Acres & A Dream
Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook
Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon
Urban Emergency Survival Plan: Readiness Strategies for the City and Suburbs
Book Festival 7 – Fiction
Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
77 Days in September and Daunting Days of Winter
Point of Crisis
Avalon: The Retreat and Avalon: Beyond the Retreat
Rebellion in Northwoods
Prepper Pete’s Twelve Days of Prepper Christmas
Prepper Pete’s Gun of a Son: A Gun Safety Book for Kids
Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage
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