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Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival Paperback – April 15, 1987
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Tom has inspired more people's interest in wilderness living/survival, and for that he deserves kudos. His most inspirational reading is "The Tracker". Get it and it will change your life. But if you want to actually learn the skills, you're better off elsewhere.
This book is about skills which Tom has used to live year round and in all sorts of weather from Canada to Death Valley, wilderness to the heart of New York City. They do work. However, keep in mind that it is impossible to teach skills - actual experience - through a book. And keep in mind that Tom was taught, and teaches himself, in a manner which expects the student to question, investigate, experiment, discover, and learn on h/is/er own. He would consider anything else a cheap way of cheating the student. If you can approach the contents of this book, and his others, in this spirit, you will have enough here to learn from for many years.
Get Tom's book The Tracker from amazon.com, to experience him at his best. For better survival skills info get Primitive Wilderness Living by John McPherson, or Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry Dean Olsen.
I practiced many of these pages again and again in the woods of Va. I am going to check out the other books recommended above but I have to say this is a great book. The drawings are great. A few of the figure 4 traps are hard to understand but the rest of the traps are well drawn and and easy to understand.
Again this book is far superior to the US Army version. They should just use this book instead.
While the book introduces the reader to a wide range of information on survival skills, I found it often confusing and incomplete. For example, the chapter on edible plants has only pen and ink drawings of the plants (all pictures are pen and ink illustrations by Heather Bolyn). I would not feel comfortable relying on those for plant identification, so I skipped that whole section.
As another example, Brown describes how to build a solar still to extract water from the air. You just need a sheet of plastic, surgical tubing, a container to catch the water, a rock, and a huge hole. But nowhere in the book does Brown explain how I can make a suitable "shovel" to dig a 4 foot wide and 3 foot deep hole every three or four days. I'm supposed to use a "digging stick." I can't help but wonder how much body water I would lose digging such a pit.
Subjects covered in this book are:
* The importance of a positive attitude
* How to build various shelters
* How to find and treat water to avoid contamination
* How to build and maintain a fire
* Edible plants and how to prepare them
* How to hunt, stalk, trap, skin, and clean animals
* How to cook and preserve food
* Tools you can make and helpful crafting skills to develop
The book is peppered with wisdom from an Apache scout and medicine man named Stalking Wolf who taught these skills to the young Brown. (Actually, Stalking Wolf usually lets Brown do something wrong, chuckles and chides, and then provides correction, both physical and spiritual.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a guide I grew up reading, I learned a lot from it over the years. I feel it's one of the best and easiest to understand survival guides out there. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Taegost
Excellent handbook full of helpful information. It is also very user friendly. There is not one useless page in the entire book.Published 7 months ago by Michael Helbig
Item Arrived on time and without any damage.Product was as stated in ad.Very Useful informationPublished 9 months ago by James S.
Tom Brown has been an inspiration to me since I was small. The little anecdotes and the lessons from Stalking Wolf help to drive the points home, and the illustrations are good. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ben
This book is in my pack as I type. Its light in weight and huge in good information one can use to survive in the wilds. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer