With Christmas right around the corner, (I know, I can’t believe it either!) I know many of us are already thinking about gifts for family and friends. While many wives are stuck when it comes to what to get their husband, I find myself very lucky. Whenever I’m stuck for that last perfect present to round out his gifts I can always grab a survival book for Roddy, and KNOW that he will love it!
As a result of these gifts and, given our close proximity to Half Price Books and the many books that Roddy has bought for himself he has quite a collection! I asked him to list some of his favorites / which of his survival books were good enough that he might recommend them to someone hoping to grow their survival reference library. Here is Roddy’s list of 5 awesome survival books:
5 Awesome Survival Books
SAS Survival Handbook & Guide
John “Lofty” Wiseman
Food, shelter, water, fire – these four things are the most important things for any survivalist to know, and in my opinion should be heavily featured in any good survival book. The SAS books don’t disappoint in these areas:
Both books have color illustrations of edible plants, how to set up snares and traps, and different ways to catch fish. There are also color illustrations of plants and animals that are dangerous and/or poisonous. In fact, if it interests you specifically, you could easily build a snare from the illustrations and instructions contained in these books.
The shelter building section is solid and informative. Located in the camp craft chapter, these books share illustrations of different shelters and brief, but informative descriptions of each.
There is also a nice section on finding and collecting water and solar stills which is very useful knowledge to have, but unfortunately they do not contain much information on boiling or desalination.
The section on fire shows different ways to maintain a fire but it does not give a very good description of the basics of starting the fire. Although fire making is a skill most survivalists have mastered, I feel that it is a pretty core skill and you should have various fire making methods mastered before you need to use them.
In addition to the above, core concepts, the SAS books also cover basic first aid, signaling, navigation and many other areas that can help you in a survival situation.
Now, while I like both books, the smaller SAS survival guide is small enough to keep in your bag, pack or cargo pocket and is probably the one I reach for more often.
These books are maybe best suited to a somewhat more advanced survivalist who already has some of the core concepts mastered, and is ready to expand on the basics. These books definitely deserve a place on my list of 5 awesome survival books.
Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag, $10.05
Stewart also goes into variables for consideration in a survival situation such as, number of people in your home, age ranges, terrain you will be in and personal security.
In my opinion this is the perfect beginner book and would be great for teens who are newly interested in survival, gaining them a spot on my 5 awesome survival books list.
When All Hell Breaks Loose, $15.29
Most of you know Cody Lundin from the TV show Dual Survival (I am referring to the Real Dual Survival not the crap they have on now with Teti the hack).
This book really drills down to the basics. It focuses on core knowledge and not whatever the newest fad in survival is. In WAHBL Lundin does give suggestions for things like knives and bags but really he is all about repurposing items you may already have laying around, or things you may find.
This book talks about the psychology of survival, and fear. You will also learn things like: What core body temperature is and how to maintain it. Proper sanitation, and the dangers of unpurified water.
This book is very educational and fun to read and a great addition to the 5 awesome survival books list.
98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your *ss Alive!, $12.65
In 98.6 Degrees Lundin goes into the psychology of survival and fear, this book is easy and fun to read.
Cody lists what was in his survival kit at the time and even goes over each item and the different choices
of those items. 98.6 Degrees is a thin, lightweight book that is easy to fit into a bug out bag or hiking pack. This is another “basics book” that I read every so often. I always learn something new or see something that I forgot.
Extreme Survival, $14.73
This is a large book, not thick but still a big book. This book covers a wide range of survival subject matter, maybe even things you will never use [Note from Ros – they even show you how to make survival sanitary napkins!], but it is full of good information.
It has a detailed section for shelter, fire, water and food (trapping). The sections on urban survival and self-defense are lacking in my opinion. The book over all is a good book and a fun read. I recommend this book for a home study to get to know and familiarize yourself with some of the techniques before you need them.
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