BDS Book Festival 7: Good Crazy by Richard Earl Broome

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
BDS Book Festival 7: Good Crazy by Richard Earl Broome

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.

Interview with Richard Earl Broome, Author of Good Crazy |Backdoor Survival|

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.

How much would you 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 money 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.

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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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Spotlight:  Good Crazy (Leaving The Trees Journey Volume 2)

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!

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No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage. The eBook print version is available.

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44 Responses to “BDS Book Festival 7: Good Crazy by Richard Earl Broome”

  1. Thanks for the recipe for the Birch oil pain reliever. It works!!!! We read your comments and (I hope you don’t mind) copy and paste with your name etc and email to others for great info.

    Thanks again.

  2. It differs–long range defense-rifle—short range or close by-pistol — followed by knife, club, fists. It actually depends on the situation, a convincing discussion may be effective defense in some situations. (Discussion, not argument which may escalate a bad situation!)

  3. We have quite a few handguns, a couple of rifles, and a couple of shotguns, so I think for weapons for Home Defense, hopefully we should be ok. But we always hope it wont come to that point 😉

  4. I totally agree with JimW. Be prepared to defend yourself in any way possible, but hope that all that is necessary is a good discussion.

  5. Richard Earl Broome appears to have the background,information and experience most of us do not have. His books may provide scenarios to prepare for that most people haven’t thought about.

  6. My weapon of choice for defending my family, normally would be an answer like an 8 round shotgun or an AR15, but I’m coming to realize that the best way to win a fight is not to get into one in the first place. So, my answer would be using the art of concealment. If the place looks looted or we look like we already have nothing, they’ll hopefully, move along. If not, well, there’s always Plan B(‘s).

  7. Maybe I misunderstood the question. “A cyber attack”? I cant defend against this except for a good anti-virus. If it took a weapon, I have enough guns and ammo to arm a third world country.

  8. Difficult to answer. First, I would check the items I placed in a faraday cage to see if they worked (i.e., radio). I’d listen to find out if there were any ham radio operators broadcasting any information. I would probably “lay low” and learn what was going on around me. And, should it become necessary, I would use any of the weapons I have to defend myself and my family.

  9. My weapon of choice would be my prepper group. We’d join forces and settle in for the long haul. If the cyber attack brings down our country’s infrastructure, it’s not going to be a short time event.

  10. SKS (7.62 x 39) with a 30 round clip, a 30-06 for long distance and a 12 gauge shotgun for last ditch home defense.

  11. Well, the first weapon (if you can call it that) would definitely be concealment. Of course should that be breached there is most certainly a plan B,C,D… as JimW lined out. I am really excited about this book series. Gaye and Richard, you two are a superb tag team of thought provokers lol. Ya’ll are worse than an earworm! After reading some of your writings my mind just churns all day as I go along my duties.

  12. Working on defense. I know I can shoot animals, without hesitation, but humans are a different matter all together. I’m not sure I can shoot someone, so I am working more towards being inaccessible. Also working towards buying land in the mountains to build on, and moving there before it becomes a need, to do so. I will live there, and the family, and friends will arrive, when they need to.

  13. Karen C. beat me to my answer. It depends on the immediate situation and how to remove that danger and then concentrate on more long term issues. Best to lay low until I have a solid feel for what is happening and can remove myself to a safer place.

  14. Like those who have commented above, I would check my electronics in my Faraday cage, lay low at home and defend ourselves with our weapons.

  15. I have been keeping written records of my favorite recipes, favorite pins, favorite essential oil blends and such in case we no longer have access to our computers. There is a lot of information there but I like hard copies and books for reference just in case.

  16. I would check the electronics as well and lay low as much as possible. AM still working on defense. Do have Bows and arrows for stealth defense

  17. Hopefully common sense. To stay away from as much trouble and limit our exposure to anyone we don’t know. But we have a layered approach to family safety.

  18. I would use anything I have for defense of home and Family. It just depends on what each person happens to have at the time.

  19. Using the term ‘cyberattack’ is like saying ‘If I get sick’. It’s so broad. My responses would depend on what the attack was, to what system or organization and what was happening because of that.

  20. Since it is useless to worry about a cyber-attack hitting me personally, I probably wouldn’t do a thing. However, should the SHTF and any result of this warfare turn itself in my direction, then I would have no choice but to defend myself with any and all weapons at my disposal whether it calls for firearms, bladed weapons, physical confrontation, or even a severe tongue lashing! Bring it on…

  21. Like those who have commented above, I would check the electronics in my Faraday cage, stay at home and defend ourselves with weapons and concealment. As always, thank you for the info and the offer!

  22. We have several guns…but I’m not totally comfortable with any of them yet. Hope to get more practice soon….just in case the menfolk aren’t home when we need them.

  23. For those that were wondering about the giveaway question, I apologize for not wording it very well. Cyber-attack + chaos + grid down + no food = looters and thugs.

  24. I’ve always said that old college textbooks would scare the boogeyman away when thrown in the air. But, since I’ve processed that thought form some, my answer is a firearm does a better job.

  25. We own several guns, but unfortunately I don’t know how to shoot one but am hoping to learn soon. If I’m alone I don’t know what I’d do, but if my husband’s home he will more than likely use a gun.

  26. well, since I never win anything ha ha, and since I have seen some very thought provoking writings from Mr. Broome previously on BDS….I went ahead and ordered both books for kindle. I can say that I downloaded both books yesterday and I have finished them both already. I really couldn’t stop reading them, and I am looking forward to the third. However, if Mr. Broome would like an honest opinion…I suggest getting a new editor. You are obviously knowledgeable and an articulate storyteller, but the pace was off at times. I agree with others that I would have liked to seen more written about the steps of the unraveling before coming to the point of a woman sitting in a tree, and I would have really liked to see the story of Andy and Kara as it’s own stand alone book. I seemed like a long way around desperate attempt to explain the cabin, that I didn’t think really needed explaining, but their story was a wonderful one. Lastly, the airplane part made me literally say out loud ‘Aw come on!’ if Scott was a little boy at the start of the unravelling, and is now 19, it too much of a stretch to believe that a plane would function after sitting idle for an estimated 15 years. Even if it was mechanically possible, you mean that not one pilot has thought to use any of the planes that whole time for any other greater purpose before then? Not to mention the fuel would go bad. You did a masterful job of bringing out some frighteningly realistic possible futures though. Overall I’d give the series 4 out of 5 stars…and that is my opinion that wasn’t asked for. lol oh, and there were too many typos. 😉

  27. Learner,

    Excellent points and wonderful advice, very well taken. I do, sincerely, appreciate your comments. I am new at writing novels (Starting at age 65 and now at almost age 67 – tomorrow is my birthday) so I will try to think how to do more with the final book in this trilogy, Stone Pony. At my age, it is hard to get an editor interested in you, but others consistently tell me, that they like my novels. So I will dig in and try harder to master this interesting craft of writing novels.

    I plan for Scott Alvarez to lead the restoration of civilization in Stone Pony. (He does have all those wonderful books in his mountain cabin, as you know, that may give him some insights.) If we all wished a better society and could start over, what would we do? There will be the usual twists, turns and suspense.

    What I think will drive us, (and Scott in Stone Pony) is that he wants more for his children than he and Leigh have. The need to have religious faith again and the re-establishment of commerce are my starting points. I am just at the beginning of writing Stone Pony.

    Your comments were so thoughtful; I wish you could be my editor. Would you consider it?

    Best Regards,

    Richard Earl Broome

    P.S. My parent lived into there 90s with clear minds. I plan to write a novel about every year, so expect about 25 more. ☺

    • Would I consider it!?! My goodness I’d consider it an honor! I am anxious to learn how Scott will begin the re-establishments because those endeavors would surely require a modicum of trust in somebody else, and as made very clear by the ending of book 2 he hasn’t acquired much(and who could blame him). I suspect you are right on the mark in portraying the restoration of society happening with a new generation. One that hasn’t grown up spoiled to the point of uselessness. The Scott Alvarez’s of the future are what we need more of today. As for 25 more books, I say yippee!

  28. I’d have to rely on low profile/concealment as personal protection. As far as electronics & records go, I have been printing out a copy of the on-line bank websites whenever I pay off my credit and other bills. I also ask for receipts for other large payments (in my case, rent checks). I keep that stuff in a folder called “Proof of Payment”. This is in case the banks get hacked, lose their current records, or whatever other damage could occur in a more localized cyberattack. I also make sure I have hard copies of stuff I want to be able to access no matter what even though it’s a challenge to store it.

  29. My son-in-law, who lives with us, has an AR-15, plus other handguns, rifles, and shotguns. Hopefully, though, we can just keep low.

  30. I would have to agree with several others who said concealment would be their first weapon of choice. Not drawing attention to ourselves and staying below everyone’s radar would be best. But if that fails then rifles would be next.

  31. I have some guns, but I am not so far very good with them. However, I have a pretty mean baseball swing for a fat girl, so I am confident with a baseball bat. My kids, husband and I have all practiced stealth techniques, that is, hiding in plain sight, hiding from intruders, and hiding our stuff so no one can steal it. So until I am better with a gun, and my husband is too, our main weapons are silence, stealth and a baseball bat, wooden because they hurt more!

  32. Any way I could. Biggest weapon anyone has is between our ear. As I always tell my kids use the brain god gave you.

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