Here are two fine books that I recommend in my book among others within the specified area of physical survival preparation. Below is the text of the reviews that I wrote on Amazon.com. Both were posted on July 20, 2012.
The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse
by Fernando Ferfal Aguirre
This book by FerFAL is the most original urban survival manual ever
written! The author that wrote this book has been there and done it.
In this book, he gives his experience of what he had to deal with when the economy collapsed in Argentina back in 2001.
for the content that FerFAL chose to cover, I have really no criticisms
to think of. Further, I agree with much of his survival philosophy, and
his perception of the urban vs. rural retreat debate. He too debunks
the common argument that the rural retreat is the only good option, and
backs that up with his personal experience.
If I had to think of
any criticisms, I would say that he may have been better served to use
an editor at least for the spelling/grammer aspects of his manuscript.
This is the case, because his 2nd language is English and Spanish is his
first language. Otherwise, it is a book written directly from his
I would also say that his book, and many other good
survival books often leave out the critical topic of personal privacy,
computer privacy, and other aspects that would contribute to increased
urban survival given the dangerous times we are in. And most
importantly, many good survival books leave out the "spiritual aspects"
of survival, which is critical whether you are into urban or rural
retreat survival. For that, my book covers those topics. See my Amazon
profile as a shameless plug.
Lastly, I contend that if you are
seeking the PERFECT SURVIVAL MANUAL, you are looking for a book that
does NOT exist. FerFAL's book is critical to have, as are other ones
that you will also need to have a full and complete survival library!
Source link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Modern-Survival-Manual-Surviving/dp/9870563457/ref=cm_cr-mr-title
How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times
by James Wesley Rawles
This book is a must read for all survival minded readers wanting a nice
goto guide on how to physically prepare for the tough times today and
the days ahead. Considering the size of this book (307 pages), it covers
a wide breadth of information. Alot of good information for a very
generous price! Buy it.
One should know too, that because Rawles
covers such a wide breadth of info, that there is no way for him to
cover each topic in depth. However, he does make reference to places you
can go to obtain such information.
One should also know that
this book is intended for those seeking a "rural retreat" in the
boondocks. However, he does include some general suggestions for "urban
retreatists" as well. That increases the value of it to the other 82%+
urbanites living in the US and elsewhere.
While Rawles does not
advocate the 11th hour "bug out" from the urban areas to a "rural
retreat," he does offer information on "bug out" vehicles. I contend
that anyone with the 11th hour bug out plan is deluded. You need to
choose which way you will go...either a "rural retreat" living full
time, or an "urban retreat."
Again, while Rawles writes a
wonderful book on how to obtain and live in a "rural retreat," the
reality is that MOST urbanites are just not ready for such a lifestyle
change. Nor, are they capable of implementing such a change. Like it or
not, most urbanites are tied to city living.
As a shameless plug,
I am the author of an urban survival (and spiritual survival) book
called "Survival Preparation: A Physical and Spiritual Guide to Meeting
Life's Most Critical Security Objectives." This book is specifically
targeting those urbanites (82%+ in US, and a high percentage everywhere
else) who are just not able to make the transistion to a well-stocked
and fortified "rural retreat." To learn more, check out my Amazon
Again, do buy Rawles' book, as that is what I
recommend in my book. It is a wealth of information for a very generous
price. However, I don't necessarily hold to his premise that if the
SHTF, that all cities (or all parts thereof) will become total
wastelands, and I provide further elaboration of that point in my book.
I will say, there is no "one book" for the topic of survival. No one
author can write "the survival manual" to meet all of life's needs. Each
prepared individual needs a LIBRARY of reference books. That is the
Whatever you do, add Rawles' book to your collection!
Source link: http://www.amazon.com/How-Survive-End-World-Know/dp/0452295831/ref=cm_cr-mr-title