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Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual: Essential Strategies For: Shelter and Water, Food and Fire, Tools and Medicine, Navigation and Signaling, Survival Psychology and Getting Out Alive! Hardcover – June 9, 2009

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About the Author

Mykel Hawke is a Green Beret and Captain in the U.S. Army Special Forces; director of Spec Ops Inc (an international outdoor-survival trainging company); and popular television personality/survival expert from the Discovery Channel, History Channel, MTV, Channel 5 in the UK, and more.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 2nd Ptg. edition (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762433582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762433582
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is well written for the casual reader. The stories inserted here and there add a bit of humor. I looked over the myriad survival guides but found this one the most down to earth. Myke really speaks to the non-nature oriented folks. My experience with survival is limited to "car camping" and avoiding the bad neighborhoods in NYC. I don't smoke, but I think I will start carrying a lighter with me (get the book to know why). This book is a great fraking read. I would advise everyone to get this one, absorb what Myke says. Go to the local parks and practice what you can (legally.)

This book is not a technical manual, there are plenty of other books out there for that. Read it, practice it, and remember the acronyms, or make up your own as it doesn't matter how you get this knowledge in your head. If you decide to carry it with you and find yourself in a survival situation, you can use it as kindling if all else fails. Myke would be ok as long as you do all you can to survive.

I'm still reading through it, but I thought it deserved an early good review. IT'S THAT GOOD.
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HAWKE'S GREEN BERET SURVIVAL MANUAL is clearly written by a seasoned expert, but it is 360 degrees different from those by the rest of the survival gurus out there. It is packed with expertise based on both real-world and military training, but geared for regular people, even those who have no outdoor experience. It is a big, comprehensive book that covers absolutely everything needed to survive virtually anything...how to do it with or without tools and provisions in any environment; also how to think like Macgyver and use whatever is at hand. And perhaps one of the greatest things about this book is that it is immensely readable as told in Hawke's bare-bones, earthy and often humorous style. This book will appeal to both men and women, hard-core outdoor enthusiasts and those who've never even been camping.

It's also extremely empowering as Hawke makes it clear that we all have the most important tool to survive if we learn how to channel it: the will to live and the vow to never quit. But he provides a lot of invaluable extras that you may never need--or that may someday save your life or, perhaps, many others.
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Format: Hardcover
This is truly a brilliantly bizzare and unconventional book on survival. Hawke avoids a dull survival book read with his informal writing style, personal accounts and shockers like cannibalism and getting fluids from feces. The medical portion is fantastic. I was in the military with Hawke and he's the real deal. The book is very high quality.
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My title sums up Mykel Hawke's thesis: Never Quit! If you internalize this you have the message of his book.

I am prompted to do this review because I am a recently retired U.S. Army infantry officer and was intrigued by Hawke's book.

I am giving this book four stars because he needs to do a new edition. This book is the best of the crop of survival manuals as of 2011, but could be improved.

I agree with the other reviewers that Mykel Hawke's language is distractive. At the same time though, it is engrossing and it seems like he is actually talking to you. I could imagine being in a survival situation and listening to his words of wisdom. He writes in colloquial american english. This does not bother me, but the "nekkid" and "-ha" attempts at humour were tiresome in a written version. He has a black humour and attempts to convey this to the reader as if he were speaking. Furthermore, his education as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army show that his education level is far above what he is attempting to portray.

His organizational method and use of acronyms was useful. For example, the chapter on fire starts out with the use of disposable lighters and goes down to the use of stones to make fire. Lesson learned: carry a disposable lighter. This style of writing is applied survival psychology.

As a member of the SF community he does mirroring of the resources deployed to find missing people. He assumes that the resources of the Joint Personal Recovery Agency of the United States Department of Defense would be used to find the reader. If the reader is not American or is an American lost in a rural part of the United States he is making a false assumption.
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I've been a porfessional river guide, ski patroller, EMT, have a BA in Adventure Education and have been studying survival since my first camping trip 24 years ago. I teach survival at a college in Denver. I have over 30 books dealing with survival of all aspectsThis is by far one of the best book on the topic of survival I have ever read. It's a no B.S. aproach to survival which deals with topics not found in most if not any Survival books (i.e. canabalism) If your new to the idea of survival, or have been living off the land for 50 years there are deffinately little quips in this book which you can benefit from this book. I found a lot of nice little hints and tricks. One of the things I loved most about this book is that it doesn't emphasize learning latin names and terms for flora and fuana, so if your not into that then this is the book for you. Also the section on first aid is excelent, I learned new things not taught in EMT or even wilderness EMT courses. If you want a grand spectrum of knowledge and an easy to read, no bull, text on Survival then this would be it. This is my go to survival book.
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