Thursday, 26 July 2012

Two book reviews of two fine physical survival books

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 Both were posted on July 20, 2012.

- Jason

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.

As 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 heart!

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!

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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 profile page.

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.

As 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 appropriate perspective.

Whatever you do, add Rawles' book to your collection!

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