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  1. survivalmonkey

    survivalmonkey Monkey+++

    I already tried the search bar if such a thread already existed but it appears none.

    I'm new to survivalism so I'm wondering what are some good books for a beginner? I already read The Survival Handbook by Peter Darman. Preferably I'm looking for books that can likely be obtained by the Interlibrary Loan .:D
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    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

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  3. Smitty

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  4. gejoat

    gejoat Monkey+

    This list is from Jim Rawles

    First Tier Books:
    KJV Version Reference Bible with Apocrypha
    First Aid -- (American Red Cross Handbook) Responding To Emergencies
    Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook by David Werner
    Where There Is No Dentist by Murray Dickson
    The Encyclopedia of Country Living (Tenth Edition) by Carla Emery (See review, below)
    Making the Best of Basics - Family Preparedness Handbook by James Talmage Stevens
    Ball Blue Book of Preserving
    Cookin' with Home Storage by Vicki Tate
    Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson H. Kearney (Available for free download.)
    The Alpha Strategy by John Pugsley. (Out of print, but a PDF is available for free download.)
    Boston's Gun Bible by Boston T. Party (See review, below)
    Survival Guns by Mel Tappan
    Tappan on Survival by Mel Tappan

    Second Tier Books:
    Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables by Mike Bubel
    Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition by Abigail R. Gehring
    Putting Food By (Plume) by Janet Greene
    Stocking Up: The Third Edition of America's Classic Preserving Guide by Carol Hupping
    Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton
    Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times by Steve Solomon
    All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
    Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth
    Small-Scale Grain Raising by Gene Lodgson
    How to Find Your Ideal Country Home: A Comprehensive Guide by Gene GeRue
    Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money by Dolly Freed
    Starting a New Life in Rural America: 21 Things You Need to Know Before You Make Your Move by Ragnar Benson
    The Fifty Dollar and Up Underground House Book by Mike Oehler
    Emergency War Surgery (NATO Handbook:- Third United States Revision, 2004) by Dr. Martin Fackler, et al.
    PDR for Nonprescription Drugs, Dietary Supplements, and Herbs, 2008 (See review, below)
    Physicians Drug Handbook
    Physicians' Desk Reference 2009 (PDR, 63rd Edition)
    The Merck Veterinary Manual
    Where There Is No Vet by Bill Forse
    The ARRL Operating Manual For Radio Amateurs (ARRL Operating Manual)
    Passport to World Band Radio, 2009 Edition
    Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry Dean Olsen
    Essential Bushcraft by Ray Mears
    SAS Survival Handbook by John "Lofty" Wiseman
    Ultimate Sniper 2006 : An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers (2006 Updated Edition) by Maj. John L. Plaster
    Total Resistance by H. von Dach
    The Survivor book series by Kurt Saxon. Many are out of print in hard copy, but they are all available on DVD. Here, I must issue a caveat lector ("reader beware"): Mr. Saxon has some very controversial views that I do not agree with. Among other things he is a eugenicist.

    Other Nonfiction Books Recommended by SurvivalBlog Readers:
    Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival by Jack A. Spigarelli
    The Foxfire Book series (in 11 volumes, but the first five are the best)
    When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency by Matthew Stein
    Preparedness Now!: An Emergency Survival Guide (Expanded and Revised Edition) by Aton Edwards
    Five Acres and Independence: A Handbook for Small Farm Management by Maurice G. Kains
    How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier
    The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman
    Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival
    Tom Brown's Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking
    Tom Brown's Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants (Field Guide)
    Ditch Medicine: Advanced Field Procedures For Emergencies by Hugh Coffee
    Living Well on Practically Nothing by Ed Romney
    The Secure Home by Joel Skousen
    Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life, by Neil Strauss
    98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive by Cody Lundin
    When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikesby Cody Lundin
    The Last Hundred Yards: The NCO's Contribution to Warfareby John Poole
    Camping & Wilderness Survival: The Ultimate Outdoors Book by Paul Tawrell
    Engineer Field Data (US Army FM 5-34) --Available online free of charge, with registration, but I recommend getting a hard copy. preferably with the heavy-duty plastic binding.
    Great Livin' in Grubby Times by Don Paul
    Just in Case by Kathy Harrison
    Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance by John & Martha Storey
    Adventure Medical Kits A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicineby Eric A. Weiss, M.D
    Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Green Resource for Every Gardener
    Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook (it superceded the very out-of-date ST 31-91B)
    Wilderness Medicine, 5th Edition by Paul S. Auerbach
    Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Longby Elliot Coleman
    Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition by Abigail R. Gehring
    The Weed Cookbook: Naturally Nutritious - Yours Free for the Taking! by Adrienne Crowhurst
    The Modern Survival Retreat by Ragnar Benson
    Last of the Mountain Men by Harold Peterson
    Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills: Naked into the Wilderness by John McPherson
    LDS Preparedness Manual, edited by Christopher M. Parrett
    The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century by James H. Kunstler
    Principles of Personal Defense - Revised Edition by Jeff Cooper
    Survival Poaching by Ragnar Benson
    The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses by Eliot Coleman
    The Blacksmith's Craft: A Primer of Tools & Method
    The Complete Modern Blacksmith (Paperback)
    The Making of Tools (Paperback)
    Metal Casting: A Sand Casting Manual for the Small Foundry, Vol. 1 (Paperback)
    Iron Melting Cupola Furnaces for the Small Foundry (Paperback)
    Sheet Metal Forming Processes and Die Design (Hardcover)
    "Five Acres and Independence " by M.G. Kains

    "Be Ready to Barter" Reference Book List:
    Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms and Their Values
    Blue Book of Gun Values
    The Official Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins 2009
    2009 Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-2000
    2010 Standard Catalog of World Coins 2001-Date
    Antique Trader - Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide
    Wristwatch Annual 2009: The Catalog of Producers, Prices, Models, and Specifications
    Jewelry & Gems the Buying Guide: How to Buy Diamonds, Pearls, Colored Gemstones, Gold & Jewelry With Confidence And Knowledge

    Jim Rawles Books:
    "Rawles on Retreats and Relocation" -- this book has details on selecting the locale for a self-sufficient survival retreat.
    The "Rawles Gets You Ready" preparedness course (co-authored by JWR)
    "How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It". A detailed guide to family preparedness for turbulent times
    "Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse" and my screenplay "Pulling Through".The latter is currently available for free download.

    Recommended Books on Current Events and Economics:
    The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nick Taleb
    Government By Emergency by Dr. Gary North
    Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit From the Economic Collapse by Peter Schiff
    Financial Armageddon: Protecting Your Future from Four Impending Catastrophes by Michael J. Panzner
    When Giants Fall: An Economic Roadmap for the End of the American Era by Michael J. Panzner
    The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide by Martin Weiss
    Financial Reckoning Day Fallout: Surviving Today's Global Depression by Addison Wiggin and Bill Bonner
    The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century by James H. Kunstler

    Fiction with Survival and Preparedness Themes (Some of these are out of print but usually available via inter-library loan):
    Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
    Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (A classic nuke scenario)
    The Rackham Files by Dean Ing (includes the text of "Pulling Through" a more modern nuke scenario + a mini nuke survival manual) Not to be confused with my screenplay--also titled "Pulling Through".
    Some Will Not Die by Algis Budrys (Plague total wipe-out scenario)
    No Blade of Grass by John Christopher (Massive crop disease/social breakdown scenario, from the British perspective.)
    Enemies Foreign and Domestic by Matthew Bracken
    Molon Labe! by Boston T. Party
    Earth Abides by George Stewart
    Vandenberg by Oliver Lange (Invasion scenario. Note: It was later republished under the title: Defiance: An American Novel)
    The Weapon by Michael Z. Williamson (SurvivalBlog's Editor at Large)
    Unintended Consequences by John Ross (This otherwise excellent novel was marred by some vulgarity and gratuitous sex scenes. Beware!)
    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    Wolf And Iron by Gordon Dickson
    The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
    Fire and Ice, by Ray Kytle

    Survivalist Fiction Recommended by SurvivalBlog Readers:
    One Second After by William R. Forstchen (An EMP scenario.)
    World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler
    Last of the Breed by Louis L’amour
    Survivors by Terry Nation
    Conquistador: A Novel of Alternate History by S.M. Stirling
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    Warday: And the Journey Onward by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka
    Malevil by Robert Merle
    Farnham's Freehold by Robert Heinlein
    The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
    Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein
    King Rat by James Clavell
    Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

    The Rawles Kids' Favorite Books for Young Adults:
    My Side of the Mountain
    Robinson Crusoe
    Treasure Island
    The Swiss Family Robinson
    The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
    Little House on the Prairie Series
    The Chronicles of Narnia Series
    The Tripods Series
    Johnny Tremain

    Fiction for Young Adults Recommended by SurvivalBlog Readers:
    The Tomorrow Series
    Life As We Knew It
    Escape from Warsaw (Original title: The Silver Sword)

    The Late Memsahib's Top "Must Have" Book:
    The Encyclopedia of Country Living (Tenth edition) by Carla Emery. Sasquatch Books. (Get the Ninth or later edition.) This book is 845 pages of valuable 'how-to' country survival knowledge. The Memsahib (1964-2009) wrote: "The first time that I butchered chickens, I used this book. When I needed 15 different ways to fix zucchini I turned to this book, when I wanted to make soap, pickles, jelly, bread from scratch, butter, and cream cheese, I found everything I needed to know in this book!"
    Other Books Recommended by The Late Memsahib:
    How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyle by Charles Long Small-Scale Grain Raising by Gene Lodgson
    The Family Cow by Dirk van Loon
    Raising a Calf for Beef by Phyllis Hobson
    Small-Scale Pig Raising by Dirk van Loon
    Raising Rabbits the Modern Way by BOB Bennett
    Raising Sheep the Modern Way. Updated and Revised Edition by Paula Simmons
    Ducks and Geese in Your Backyard: A Beginner's Guide by Rick and Gail Luttmann
    The Complete Medicinal Herbal by Penelope Ody

    Recommended Magazine Subscriptions:
    Backwoods Home
    Countryside & Small Stock Journal
    Home Power

    Some of JWR's Favorite Practical and Tactical Training DVDs:
    Clinton Anderson: On the Road to the Horse Colt Starting
    The Art of the Tactical Carbine
    Knifemaking Unplugged
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  5. PAGUY

    PAGUY Monkey

    I believe in the crawl, walk, then run process of learning. With this in mind I would suggest the Boy Scout Handbook and the Boy Scout Field Guide. These are bases of knowledge to build upon. Good luck, welcome to the prepper community, and if you have any question feel free to ask either on here or IM me personally.
  6. TheEconomist

    TheEconomist Creighton Bluejay Site Supporter+

    I would say the Red Cross handbook is a must. I carry it with me on a daily basis and pretty much have the thing memorized. You should also take a few classes though them if you want the material to stick.

    After that I would focus on water purification, growing and storing foods (food preservation), and of course self defense. When it comes down to it. You need to know how to take care of basic medical needs, feeding your and your loved ones (if you have any), and keeping the baddies away from you at all costs. These means run away and lay low if you can and if you have to engage do it without hesitation and ask questions later.

    The key to survival is being able to fly under that radar while meeting your basic, human survival needs.
  7. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    Get the older books (pre-1970). The newer ones aren't as good.
  8. PAGUY

    PAGUY Monkey

    I agree the older versions are better with the basics.
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