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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! Truly informative and thought provoking. He genuinely has a fantastic grasp on techniques to survive.
I have read the book and heard the audio book. Read more
This guide is, without any doubt, the best survival guide i've ever read. On the book, Hawke manages to teach both the basic stuff and the more advanced details in a clear... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Rented this at library and after first day of reading knew it was a must have.
Many thorough explanations and written in an enjoyable manner. Read more