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How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere Hardcover – November 1, 2001
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Bradford Angier (1910 - 1997) was a wilderness survivalist and the author of numerous best-selling books on nature, survival, and living off the land.
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Top Customer Reviews
The initial copyright on the book is 1956; the writing style and information show their age... The discussion of wool being the best bet for cold weather seems a bit outdated. The writing style is unique and not the easiest to read. I wouldn't be comfortable if the only survival information I had were Angiers instructions and illustrations. I found that many of the other "survival" books do a much better job in explaining how to do a given task with step by step information. The illustrations leave much to be desired as I couldn't tell most of the edible plant illustrations from the poisonous ones, and I doubt I could match an illustration to an actual plant if my life depended on it...
In my opinion your best bet would be the two other books I mentioned before you considered this one...
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How on earth do you start a fire with only a piece of ice? Read the book! (And yes, I really don't think I could start such a fire even with the book in front of me, but it's nice to know that it is possible...)
How do you create a fish trap out of sticks? How do you create a snare? How do you find civilization if you are lost? How do you find water? What type of things do you need to bring with you on camping trips? What is safe to eat, and what is not? These types of things are all answered inside.
I've read it cover to cover several times and I believe it is the perfect type of book to give to an outdoorsman or to keep down at a cabin for a little light winter reading...
However, there are parts of the book that are rife with incorrect information. A verbatim example:
"Being able to identify Polaris, a.k.a the North Star, is of crucial importance in the wilderness. It is typically the brightest star visible to the human eye and can be located after discerning in the solar system the location on an easily recognizable constellation: the Big Dipper"
Passing over the less important fact that no part of the Big Dipper is in the solar system, Polaris is NOT the brightest star. Not even close. It is of middling, unimpressive brightness (and was actually slightly DIMMER in 1956 when this was first written). The falsehood of the statement in the book can be determined by anyone with normal vision who goes outside on a clear night in the Northern Hemisphere. For it to have survived in various printings and editions over the past 50+ years is egregious.
Another example: "The constellation Cassiopeia is better known to most as Orion" This absurd untruth is then compounded by an illustration of "Cassiopeia" that is distorted in shape so that it resembles Orion!!!
This makes me wonder just how many nights the author has spent out under the stars. (Perhaps I should give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he is very nearsighted? Naaah..). If someone follows the "brightest star", that is pointed to by Orion in the manner shown in the illustration, they will be following Sirius, and very definitely not going North (in the Northern Hemisphere, in any case).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ended up purchasing the Kindle version for $1.99 and I thought it would be a good read for when I go hiking or camping. Read morePublished 8 days ago by MaitreyeeMAYHEM
Great book, great advice. A lot of advice on varying topics, so I wouldn't recommend trying to read the entire thing through. Its probably best just to look for info as you go.Published 1 month ago by Jack
I'm giving this to all the college graduates in my life. Incentive to get a job.Published 2 months ago by Kelly
Partner this book with Kephart, Canterbury and Kochanski, and you will be well on your way to learning wilderness survival skills. Angier doesn't miss anything with this text. Read morePublished 2 months ago by john darden
This is one of my favorite wilderness reads. Never tire of seeing the words jump off the page. Bradford Angier was a master at describing the wilderness and the way of living in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sarge1947