The very best books on prepping and survival, including non-fiction and fiction. Don’t forget that a lot can be learned from survival fiction as you sort through how the characters handle dire situations, for better or for worse.
With the range of things that can happen following a disaster or disruptive event being so diverse, it is difficult to remember it all. Everything from broken bones, hypothermia, deadly spider bites, and gunshot or knife wounds must be prepped for, and those woes are just the tip of the iceberg. The solution is to have a variety of survival medicine books on hand. Today’s book is a bit different than most. Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook: A Lifesaving Collection of Emergency Procedures from U.S. Army Field Manuals, is a collection of US Army emergency procedures, written and illustrated in a manner we can all understand.
Written by real-life emergency responder Scott Finazzo, Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook goes way beyond first aid and addresses nitty-gritty methods for treating life-threating medical conditions under survival conditions.
I carry Paracord with me everywhere. Whereas most of my Paracord do-dads have been purchased, a couple of years ago I learned Paracord braiding myself, and even with my not-so-nimble-anymore fingers, did a darn fine job creating Paracord bracelets. Learn how to make a Paracord bracelet with these easy instructions from “Crafting With Paracord”. Plus enter the giveaway to win a copy of this book for free. Three winners.
Imagine the year is 2077 and our world and our country has gone to heck. It is a dystopian world wrongly described by the Powers That Be as utopian. Welcome to the new America as portrayed in A Simple Man. Read an excerpt from this new release and enter the giveaway to win a copy for free. There will be three winners.
Medical preparedness ranks up there with water in terms of importance. Read about the newly released Survival Medicine Handbook Third Edition and enjoy an interview with the author, Joseph Alton MD. Plus, enter the giveaway to win a copy for free. There will be three winners!
Most books about firearms are pretty dry reading. Not so with Prepper Guns. Written by a gun expert who is also a prepper, this book is both interesting and joy to read. Enjoy the interview with author Bryce Towlsey and enter to win a copy for free. There will be three winners.
Imagine an earthquake so big, and so deadly, that there are few survivors. Those that do survive, are faced with unimaginable challenges simply to live from day. Thus sets the stage of the Changing Earth Series. In Without Land, it is nine years later and life, such as it is, is extremely difficult. Read the interview with author, Sara Hathaway, and enter to win a set of both books in this latest Backdoor Survival giveaway.
Do you long for simpler way of life? It makes no matter what your age is, living a cleaner, simpler, and healthier life will provide you with the basis for living what I call a strategic life. In the book, “The Made From Scratch Life”, learn how to embrace simple ways in modern times. Read the interview with author Melissa K. Norris and enter to win a copy of her book for free.
Introducing Prepper Book Festival #13 which includes something for everyone as well as a few surprises. In Book Festival tradition, there will be author interviews and multiple book giveaways. Each book will be featured in a future article along with a mini-review and a thought-provoking giveaway question where you, the reader, are challenged to think about your own preps and your own mindset when it comes to survival.
Here, for your discernment, is a description of the books that made the cut. I hope that one of these books will soon make it into your own personal survival library.
Many of you are familiar with Jim Cobb and his work but I have to say, this time around he has really outdone himself. In “Prepper’s Armed Defense”, he teaches what we need to know to make smart decisions when selecting lethal or non-lethal weapons. Plus, three copies are available in this latest Prepper Book Festival giveaway.
There is something about an almanac that makes you yearn for simpler times. In the Mother Earth News Almanac, you will find page after page of old-timey tips mixed in the with new. Read an except on “How and what to sprout” and enter the giveaway to win a copy of the Mother Earth News Almanac for free. There will be three winners!
As a Mason jar addict, I was thrilled to be given an opportunity to include a book about Mason jars in the latest Prepper Book Festival. Not only is this book chock full of projects, but it also includes a very thorough and fasinating history of Mason jars. Check out the interview with author JoAnn Moser and enter to win one of three copies that are up for grabs.
There is always a blackout somewhere. It might be local and affect just your city. Or it could be big, manmade, caused by war, and impact your whole country. Or it could be humongous, a natural EMP event that shuts down the whole continent. For life. It is because of the potential for a blackout that I have tried to learn as much as I can about emergency lighting. In this latest Prepper Book Festival, learn about alcohol mantle lamps and enter the giveaway to win one of two complete sets of Ron Brown’s Non-Electrit Lighting Series.
What better way to cope with the stress of prepping than to relax listening to music and coloring in an adult coloring book? In a departure from our normal Prepper Book Festival fare, I feature a coloring book, plus of course, an interview with the author and a giveaway. There will be 3 winners.
How much do you know about herbal medicine? In Be Your Own Herbalist, you will learn about 30 common herbs along with their amazing healing properties. The book is well written in a familiar voice and the index makes it easy to find just the right solution to whatever ails you. Enjoy the interview with author Michelle Schoffro Cook and enter the giveaway to win a copy for free.
When it comes to solar, I still have a lot to learn more and suspect you do as well. In reviewing this book, I don’t know what is more valuable, the step by step photos or the easy-to-understand instructions and explanations. Either way, if you have any interest at all in solar, you are going to love this book. Enjoy the interivew with the author and enter to win one of 3 copies up for grabs in a giveaway.
The Winter Fortress is a fictionalized story of the mission undertaken to sabotage Hitler’s atomic bomb. It is a story of teamwork, courage, and ultimately, survival. Enjoy an interview with author Neal Bascomb and enter the giveaway to win a copy for free. There will be 5 winners.
How much do you know about “junk silver”? In this book, learn the history of both coins and currency in the United States as well as everything you need to know about buying or selling silver without getting ripped off. A very interesting read plus three copies are available in a giveaway.
When it comes to cookbooks for preppers, the good ones are few and far between. A Prepper’s Cookbook is an exception, written by someone who was a prepper before it was fashionable. The author, Deborah D. Moore, has lived off grid for 20 years. In her book she not only shares her tried and true recipes, but also snippets of life. This is a delightful book and Deborah is a lady I would love to meet. Be sure to enter the giveaway to win a copy for free. There will be 3 winners.
There is a lot of mystery surrounding the Zika virus and much of it is quite disturbing. In this latest Prepper Book Festival entry, read about Zika and learn about pandemics in general. Dr. Joseph Alton provides an unbiased look at the causes as well as the many alternative (tin foil hat-type) theories that are currently out there. In addition to an all-new interview with Joe, enter to win one of 5 copies of The Zika Virus Handbook that are up for grabs in a giveaway.
Call it a personal quirk if you must, but I want to learn from survival fiction and to open my mind to possibilities and scenarios that could play out if “it” – whatever it is – happened to me. But I also want to enjoy the read. Next up in the Prepper Book Festival #12 is The Borrowed World by Franklin Horton. His book satisfies those needs and offers an opportunity to learn from the actions and decisions made by the lead characters.
Three complete sets of THE BORROWED WORLD Series are up for grabs in the latest Book Festival giveaway,
For many, the love affair with mason jars is rivaled only by a love affair with buckets. In the 5-Gallon Bucket Book, find all sorts of DIY projects suitable for preppers including a manual washing machine, water filter, aquaponics system and more. Plus, enter the giveaway to win one of three copies from author Chis Peterson.
Prepper Book Festival 12 is rolling out with an interview with James Hubbard, MD and a giveaway to win a copy of his newest book, The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook. This is one book you will definitely want in your survival library. There will be two winners!
It is time to get our mojo in gear for an all-new Prepper Book Festival. This is #12 and it is an eclectic mix of books covering a wide variety of topics. There is something for everyone and a lot of books. The next step is to come up with some thought-provoking giveaway questions. Let the prepping begin!
Sometimes we need a wake-up call (or kick in the fanny) to remind us to think outside the box. In Failures of Imagination, Michael McCaul throws down the gauntlet and asks our leaders to do just that. The terrorists have thought about it and so should we! Read an excerpt from Chairman McCaul’s book then enter the giveaway to win a copy for free. There will be 12 winners!
Braving the Storms is the story of how ordinary people prevail in a post apocalyptic world. These are people who have lost loved ones and must rely on their own ingenuity to stay safe. This is a fantastic story about characters you will identify with and care about. Read the interview with author Kyle Pratt and enter to win one of 10 books up for grabs in a giveaway.
When it comes to emergency communications, choosing the right equipment and knowing how to use it can be daunting. Crank radios? Shortwave? Ham? Or something else? Help is on the way in Jim Cobb’s new book, Prepper’s Communication Handbook. Read an all-new interview with Jim and enter to win one of 5 copies of his book.
This newest book by Joe Nobody will teach you what you need to know about burying your stuff then disguising its location so that even the most diligent sleuth can not find it. (Hint: bury your cache under a stinky, gross, pile of fresh manure). Enjoy the all-new interview with Joe and enter to win a copy of his book for free!
When it comes to family preparedness, Linda Loosli is an expert. Today Linda answers my questions in an exclusive interview and is offering five copies of her book, Prepare Your Family For Survival, in a Book Festival Giveaway.
It gives me great pleasure to lead Prepper Book Festival 11 with “Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller”. I recently settled down to start reading Dark Ages and was hooked from the get go. Read the interview with author JD Dutra and enter to win one of three copies in a Backdoor Survival giveaway.
Prepper Book Festival #11 is the most eclectic yet. With selections from new authors as well as traditional favorites, there is something for everyone with both fiction and non-fiction books we can learn from. Take a look then return weekly to read the exclusive author interviews and enter to win one of the many books that will be given away for free.