Top Ten Survival Books
Want to survive? Is it time to learn how?
Most of us want to survive the uncertainty ahead, and without a doubt, survival books can teach methods to prepare, to deal with harsh conditions, and to emerge victorious over whatever life throws our way.
This begs the question - what is there to survive? Worst scenario - the Yellowstone caldera eruption! Still bad but not quite so awful - economic depression, fire, floods, earthquakes, you name it.
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Almost every year people lose everything to tornadoes and hurricanes. And they think California is bad because we have an occasional earthquake out here!
The fact is, terrible things happen and we want to be prepared. These survival books will give you the low-down on survival tactics that can serve to keep you and your loved ones alive.
At the end of the top ten list you'll find two bonus books that didn't make the top ten, and one of those is free!
1. SAS Survival Handbook - Survival for any climate in any situation.
This is a newly updated survival manual for campers, outdoor adventurers, and anyone who needs to learn survival skills. You will learn what to eat and how to prepare it - and what to avoid.
There's a section on camp shelters and locations, how to organize your campsite, and what tools you'll need in the wilderness. First aid is covered, and most important, how to avoid fear, how to react in hostile situations, and all the basic survival essentials.
This survival manual is available in paperback format only.
2. How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It - Tactics, techniques, and technologies for uncertain times.
A survivalist expert shares his knowledge of survival tools and skills.
You'll learn about water, food storage, fuel, power options, gardening, livestock, medical supplies and their use, communications, security, investing, bartering, and when to get out of dodge.
If you want your family to be prepared to survive the end of the world as we know it, this book is an excellent investment. Every person (children included) should have this kind of training because we don't know what might happen next.
This book is available in Kindle, paperback, and downloadable audio format.
3. Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family, 2nd Edition
A practical survival manual to prepare for natural or man-made catastrophes.
Included are sections on firearm selection and handling, food storage, radiological emergency preparedness, and disaster preparedness networks. There are copyable worksheets to help you organize as you prepare to survive, whether it be with children, animals, or the elderly. Read this book and you'll know what to do. There are numerous illustrations including photos.
This book is available in paperback or Kindle editions.
4. Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart - "If Law Enforcement is no longer there and people are hungry, ugly things can happen."
In a worst-case scenario we may be plunged into extreme societal unrest. We may be forced to defend our families, and must know how to hold our ground. Most of us have never been in that situation and could be easily taken advantage of by more aggressive and savvy, desperate individuals.
This book goes beyond food storage, shelter, and water. It teaches how to train your team and equip yourself for defense. If this sounds outrageous or out of bounds, go read . It is fiction, but clearly shows how bad it could get in an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it scenario. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
Holding Your Ground is available in Kindle or paperback versions.
5. Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook - Everything you need to know to keep your family safe in a crisis.
The author of this book has nine people to feed regularly, and lectures on food preparation awareness and emergency preparedness.
This book teaches how to plan and store a three month food supply. More than that, it shows you other essentials you should store such as clothing, bedding, first-aid supplies, fuel, and most importantly, water.
In the pages of this book you'll find instructions for creating first aid kits, home pharmacies, and home grocery stores. You'll get ten steps for creating an affordable food storage program.
6. When All Hell Breaks Loose - Stuff you need to survive when disaster strikes.
If all hell breaks loose, you need survival skills to see you through the crisis, wherever you may be.
The book teaches that living through a disaster is 90 percent psychology, 10 percent methodology and gear. You'll find this survival book entertaining and easy to read, but very practical.
Learn how to survive even under stress and while in danger. The book addresses drinking water needs, alternative lighting, food storage, heating and cooling, and much more.
Available as a paperback or in a Kindle edition.
7. The Forager's Harvest - A guide to identifying, harvesting, and preparing edible wild plants.
Familiarity with wild edible plants can save you in a food related emergency. If you don't know what plants in your area are edible, this is a great time to start learning and experimenting with methods for preparing them. If you can make delicious meals out of locally available plants, your worth in your community will be inestimable.
This book is a guide for finding and identifying wild edible plants. You'll learn when to harvest them, how to collect them, and how to prepare them for cooking.
There are color photographs to aid in plant identification, plus a harvest calendar and bibliography.
8. 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive - "...a nonstop thrill ride, jam-packed with commonsense modern survival skills..."
Cody Lundin, the "Dual Survival" expert (Discovery Channel) explains the essentials of keeping your body at a normal temperature. If your core temperature drops, you've got exposure and are likely to die. Staying warm, healthy, and sane are essential for survival under any stressing conditions.
This book has been called "a destined underground classic" and "a nonstop thrill ride, jam-packed with commonsense modern survival skills for the backcountry, the backyard, or the highway." Does that sound useful and entertaining?
If you want to keep your temperature at 98.6 degrees whether you're lost in the desert or a snowstorm, read this book and learn to save your own life.
Available as a paperback or in a Kindle edition.
9. The Modern Survival Manual - Surviving the economic collapse.
This book has a unique perspective. It is written by a family man who survived the 2001 economic collapse in Argentina. He's put his experience and wisdom into this manual to help people in other countries as they pick up the pieces of their lives and learn new skills after economic collapse.
The book covers family preparation techniques and skills, preparing your food supply, home, and vehicle, preparing your finances, and dealing with power failures. You will learn how to fight to defend yourself using a variety of weaponry including chairs and pens.
Hopefully you won't have to deal with that scenario during a disaster, however your awareness and attitude will be the deciding factors.
Will you be ready when disaster strikes?
This book is available in paperback only.
10. U.S. Air Force Survival Handbook - Expert advice on survivalist skills.
There are more than a thousand black and white illustrations in this book. It is a formal training manual for US Air Force survival training courses. As such it contains the best information possible for pilots shot down in a variety of difficult situations. This is practical advice but you'll find it interesting and easy to read.
Learn about survival in the tropics, the Arctic, at sea, in the desert, and in enemy territory. You'll also read about the psychological effects of torture and imprisonment. Would it help to have this information? If you think so, get this book.
Available in paperback, or in a Kindle edition.
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So which are you? Prepper or survivalist? - ...or both?
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Bonus #1 - A free book
...you can download this in Kindle format.
Shelters, Shacks and Shanties, by Daniel Carter Beard - shows and explains how to build a wide variety of survival shelters in the wilderness, from one-night huts to larger, cozy hogans.
Bonus #2 - Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It's Too Late - Being prepared makes the difference between survival and disas
Get read... prepare. This tells you how to do it. I'm loading my van with the essentials.