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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156975781X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569757819
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott B. Williams is a sea kayaker, sailor, boat builder, and writer with a passion for exploring and outdoor adventures on land and sea. He has written seven books and continues to write for magazines in addition to maintaining various blogs on boat building, sailing, and outdoor survival.

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Scott B. Williams is a writer with a passion for adventure. He draws on his extensive experiences as a sea kayaker, small boat sailor, boatbuilder and wilderness traveler to craft his works of fiction and nonfiction. He began writing about his long solo journeys in 1990, after spending the better part of two years sea kayaking alone from Florida through the islands of the Caribbean. The narrative of that kayak trip became his second book: On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean, published by University Press of Mississippi in 2005. In 2009, he began work on a series of survival nonfiction books for Ulysses Press, of Berkeley, California, and his bestselling Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It's Too Late, was released in June, 2010. In 2011, Ulysses Press published Getting Out Alive: 13 Deadly Scenarios and How Others Survived, and Bug Out Vehicles and Shelters: Build and Outfit Your Life-Saving Escape. Williams' next book was his first novel, a post-Apocalyptic story built around a scenario in which massive solar flares destroy the power and communication grid in North America. The Pulse: A Novel of Surviving the Collapse of the Grid, was released by Ulysses Press in July, 2012. In 2013, his second novel, The Darkness After, was released as a parallel young adult story based on the scenario in The Pulse. Williams is currently finishing up another work of nonfiction to be released in 2013 and is working on the sequel to The Pulse. More information can be found on his website at: www.scottbwilliams.com

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I liked this book very good information and to the point.
Assuming the author's outdoor experiences are accurate, he presents a very well researched and practical descriptions of general considerations for any area near you.
Vague little paragraphs about different bug out locations for the entire second half of the book.
Ryan T. Laframboise

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213 of 224 people found the following review helpful By carterjc on June 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
Bug Out is well written, well organized, and well researched. Included within its contents are the essential skills, items, and preparedness needed to survive away from civilization in the event of a calamity. In addition to this information, the book provides regional-specific information for numerous bug out locations throughout the lower 48 states. Although the regional information is brief for each region, it is lengthy overall (as there are so many areas listed) and is very helpful, and includes tidbits relative to each region and pertinent to the topic of the text, along with very nice maps identifying these locations. This one book could not cover these regions in detail as that text would be voluminous, but it does provide a fantastic Bibliography/Recommended Reading section selected by the author from which one may glean any additional information needed about these regions.

One theme central to the text is that of opportunistically surviving unnoticed. This is key. The author realizes that preparedness for bug out survival doesn't come from exactly following a prescribed survival blueprint as it would be impossible to have such a blueprint prepared for every possible situation. Instead, the author advocates developing a keen awareness of one's surroundings and environment. This is a theme common to martial arts and is a key survival concept. An example of this related to martial arts is that of identifying exits when entering a building, making note of items that may pose dangers or may be useful in emergencies, observing and noting physical and emotional traits of occupants, identifying leaders and followers and unspoken social rules, finding ways to use the things and people around you to your benefit, and keeping a low profile (fight as a last resort).
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130 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Armed Taco on June 14, 2010
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This book (Author) takes a different view of what to do when the "Schumer" hits the fan from another author James Wesley Rawles' book "How to Survive TEOTWAWKI" How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times which I also read and is a good resource. The main difference is that JWR advocates establishing a "retreat" homestead and Mr. Williams seems to think this is not a good idea and suggests a "mobile" location/retreat.....mainly the woods. Half of the book is dedicated to regions he deems as good "BugOut" locations and why. Many of them are National and State Parks. The first half of the book is focused on the why bugout, transportation, gear, etc, etc. Pretty light reading and is structured more like a reference book.

While I am a subscriber to SurvivalBlog by JWR I have to say I'm more along Mr. Willams line of thinking. Most all of do not have the resources and/or jobs that would allow us to bugout to a homestead retreat. Mr. Williams makes a point or two on why he thinks this isn't a good idea also. At any rate, both are 100% correct that staying put, especially in a Urban area is probably not a good idea. However, some of the different forums I belong to I find many people who think bugging out the woods to weather the storm is not wise. I personally think it's the lessor of two evils....I live near a large city in the South and would be toast if I stayed in my home. The best way to survive is avoidance and while a forest/woods retreat presents its fair share of problems, it is what I'm planning on....and this books helps you get there.
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99 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Tarditi on July 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent reference. Period.
This is not a book you borrow from a friend or library, read through and return - it should be a tangible addition to your gear.

It is not a novel, you are the main character and the situation is dire.

Bug Out is a no-nonsense reference that every prepared (or intending to prepare) person should have.
This book is not just for people who take being prepared for emergencies and contingencies very seriously, it is also a useful guide for people who want to break away from the traditional scenic tourist areas of our natural recreation areas or perhaps just want to get away from it all for a while.
The author candidly describes what trigger points you can establish in your life to cause a bug-out situation (natural/man-made disaster, societal collapse, etc.), some guidelines to help you prepare (there are several excellent checklists throughout the book),information about HOW to get to a safe zone, and what areas offer in the way of resources, climate, geography, and natural hazards.

The depth and format of this book is perfect - the homework has been done for you regarding analysis of the various bug out zones, vehicle pros and cons (down to model recommendations based on several criteria by type: SUVs, motorcycles, bicycles, kayaks, canoes, etc.) and even some gear recommendations.

The first portion of the book is dedicated to establishing context (why bug out, the hazards of "living off the land" fantasy, what to bring (essentials), etc.).
The next section talks about how to get where you're headed: route selection, vehicle vs foot, etc.
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