Survival Reading – Books for the Summer Book Bag

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bookshelfFor many of us, summer is a time when we fill up the book bag and head to the mountains or the beach for a little R&R.  This year, why not add some survival reading materials to the book bag?

Over the past few months, I have acquired a number of books relating to prepping and survival.  Some I have read and others are still in the queue.  Alas, it is my intent to put up reviews on all of them but until I gather my somewhat scattered wits about me, I thought I would provide you with a list so that you can pick and choose for yourself.

Without Rule of Law:  A Review

This is a tough book to read and more than once I put it down thinking that I was not going to go back.  But I did.

Without Rule of Law: Advanced Skills to Help You Survive, by Joe Nobody, is a manual for surviving in a hostile, post-SHTF world.  It is about avoiding bad people – the kind of people we hope we will never have to meet.  It is also about the most dire strategies for survival including but not limited to breaking and entering in order to scavenge and pilfer when there is no other choice.

How to hide, how to evade, how to infiltrate and how to scavenge are covered in great detail including photos, explicit and detailed drawings, checklists and drills.  Although some of the drills seem difficult, they are designed for non-military types and can be performed by ordinary citizens that are in reasonable physical condition.  One thing the author says that I agree with is that having the right attitude will go a long way toward insuring success in completing the drills and simulations.

In my opinion, the best section of this book was the portion that describes how to hide in plain sight.  Joe calls this “urban camouflage” and I feel this section is worth the cost of the book.

Finally, I would like to quote the author in saying:

“I hope no one ever has to utilize the content of this book.  If an event does occur, my prayers will be for all of us.” . . . Joe Nobody

Survival Reading – Take Your Pick

Survival Books

The following books are newer additions the survival bookshelf with reviews coming up soon:

Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit: This book shows you how to create a self-contained disaster preparedness kit to help you survive your journey from ground zero to a safer location. Survival expert Creek Stewart details from start to finish everything you need to gather for 72 hours of independent survival -water, food, protection, shelter, survival tools, and so much more.

Modern Survival: How to Cope When Everything Falls Apart: Tornadoes, floods, and terrorism—frightening events like these are in the news every day, and it’s likely you already know someone who’s been affected by such a terrifying ordeal. Modern Survival is the ultimate guide for all you need to know about surviving in the modern world. Barry Davies, who spent eighteen years in the British Special Air Service, teaches readers how to go on living with the bare necessities when everything you knew as normal suddenly slips away. From war to earthquakes, Davies will help you prepare so that you’re not only able to survive, but are also able to continue on with your life healthily and successfully once the dust has settled.

Maximizing Your Mini Farm: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre: Mini farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require.There are tips, tricks, and planning advice on how to make the most of your mini farm. Keep your costs down and production high with this complete guide to maximizing your mini farm—whether it’s a rooftop urban garden, a suburban backyard, or a more substantial plot of land.

Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes: For those seeking a mostly plant-based diet, there are lots of advice on how to craft vegetarian meals that amply deliver protein and other nutrients.  The introductory chapter lays out the simple steps you can take to outfit a globally inspired pantry of seasonings and sauces that make meatless food and meatless meals come alive.

Colloidal Silver Medical Uses, Toxicology & Manufacture:  This book is a comprehensive, current and objective reference on colloidal silver. It is a thorough review of old and recent scientific and medical literature on the medical and toxicological aspects of silver colloids.

Surviving Survivalism – How to Avoid Survival Culture Shock:  The authors, Dan and Sheila, have been living the survivalist lifestyle going on seven years and share their understanding of what it takes. Whether you are expecting to survive economic collapse, 2012, Planet X, pole shift or “the end of the world as we know it” – TEOTWAWKI- this book will show you the heart of surviving.

Coming soon from George Ure

brokenweb1 (Custom)Broken Web:  The Coming Collapse of the Internet:  This one is actually a beta copy of a new book from my pal George Ure.  If you have been concerned about the internet kill switch, government censorship or simply our planet going off-grid for awhile, you will want to grab a copy of Broken Web.

I can not say for sure when it will be ready – probably in about six weeks.  As I read it, I find it to be fascinating fodder for introspection relative to the dependence we have on online communications.

A Freebie – The Original Boy Scout ManualBoy Scout Manual 1911 Cover

Last, and definitely not least, is the Original Boy Scouts Handbook, circa 1911.  That’s right.  This is the original.  Lots of different formats are available including epub, text, HTML, Kindle and more.  Copies are absolutely free at the Project Gutenberg site.  Click here for the Handbook for Boys, 1911.

Now if for some reason you prefer a printed copy, you can also find a really nice version will all sorts of color photographs at Amazon. Boy Scouts Handbook: Original 1911 Edition is a facsimile reprint of the very first Boy Scouts Handbook, complete with the wonderful vintage advertisements that accompanied the original 1911 edition.

The Final Word

Summer time is a great time to curl up with a good book.  And while the latest novel from James Patterson or John Grisham may be a fun read, take some time to bone up on your survival skills, learn to cook something new from scratch or expand your mind and soul as you develop the perfect survival mindset.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Bargain Bin:  Thinking up adding a portable stove to your bug-out-bag?  Consider the wood and biomass-burning Solo Stove .  This incredible store only weighs 9 ounces and is easily stashed away in your kit for both emergency and backpacking use.  It is quite the deal at $70 plus, if you are seeking a stove, you can use indoors, consider the version that also burns alcohol: Solo Stove with Backup Alcohol Stove.

EcozoomVolcano II Collapsible Stove:  Not quite as portable but extremely versatile is my favorite Volcano Stove.  I wrote about this awhile back (SurvivalWoman Review: Volcano Collapsible II Stove) and I love it just as much now as I did them.  My recommendation?  Also get the propane attachment – I didn’t and I am sorry.

EcoZoom Versa:  This is yet another stove in my collection.  Also a rocket stove, this version is quite a bit heavier and is designed for whole meal cooking.

Lodge Pre-Seasoned 5-Quart Dutch Oven:  Nothing beats cast iron for outdoor cooking.  For the rocket stoves such as the Solo or EcoZoom. a Dutch oven without legs will do just fine.  Just don’t forget to get some Ove’ Gloves as well.

Mountain House Sale: For the month of June, Emergency Essentials will be offering all Mountain House products at a discount of 20% to 25%. Shipping cost is $6, $9, or $12 depending on the size of your order and never more. (And you know how heavy food items can be.) Be sure to check out the Freeze-Dried Mountain House Pouches which offer a great way to sample the various food items before investing in the larger #10 tins.

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Survival Reading – Books for the Summer Book Bag — 1 Comment

  1. Maximizing Your Mini-Farm is on my “to-read” list. Although we are moving to an acreage ad don’t really qualify as a mini farm, I read the author’s previous book and it had some very valuable info. Beautiful pictures too.

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