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How to Survive Anything, Anywhere: A Handbook of Survival Skills for Every Scenario and Environment Paperback – September 13, 2004

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Get Out Alive!

How to Survive Anything, Anywhere is a complete handbook of the urban and wilderness survival skills practiced by elite U.S. and U.K. military units. Dr. Chris McNab has collected expertise from both sides of the Atlantic, and reveals the fundamentals of survival for every environment, from the subzero arctic to the scorching desert—and for every scenario, from being lost in a trackless wilderness to being under attack in a city.

Each of more than 500 practical techniques is presented in easy-to-follow steps accompanied by 500 helpful illustrations that show you how to:

*Find your way in arctic, desert, jungle, or mountain terrain *Identify edible plants *Hunt, trap, and fish with jury-rigged tools *Build fires and improvise cookware *Locate underground water *Construct shelters *Perform first aid and use natural remedies for common diseases *Stay safe in a car or on planes or trains, and know what to do in the event of an accident *Keep your home safe—select security devices, construct a safe room, survive a house fire *Defend yourself—know when to fight and learn realistic unarmed combat techniques *Survive terrorist attacks—identify suspect packages, spot potential suicide bombers, take cover from explosions and gunfire

And, above all, how to think like a true survivor—even when things are at their worst.

Dr. Chris McNab is the author of Endurance Techniques (SAS Training Manual), Elite Forces Survival Guides, Living Off the Land, Martial Arts for Special Forces, and Urban Survival.

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Get Out Alive!

"How to Survive Anything, Anywhere" is a complete handbook of the urban and wilderness survival skills practiced by elite U.S. and U.K. military units. Dr. Chris McNab has collected expertise from both sides of the Atlantic, and reveals the fundamentals of survival for every environment, from the subzero arctic to the scorching desert--and for every scenario, from being lost in a trackless wilderness to being under attack in a city.

Each of more than 500 practical techniques is presented in easy-to-follow steps accompanied by 500 helpful illustrations that show you how to: Find your way in arctic, desert, jungle, or mountain terrain Identify edible plants Hunt, trap, and fish with jury-rigged tools Build fires and improvise cookware Locate underground water Construct shelters Perform first aid and use natural remedies for common diseases Stay safe in a car or on planes or trains, and know what to do in the event of an accident Keep your home safe--select security devices, construct a safe room, survive a house fire Defend yourself--know when to fight and learn realistic unarmed combat techniques Survive terrorist attacks--identify suspect packages, spot potential suicide bombers, take cover from explosions and gunfire

And, above all, how to think like a true survivor--even when things are at their worst.

Dr. Chris McNab is the author of "Endurance Techniques (SAS Training Manual), Elite Forces Survival Guides, Living Off the Land, Martial Arts for Special Forces, " and "Urban Survival."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (September 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071440534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071440530
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read through as many of these survival books as possible. Not just because i am a aspiring writer (as many others whom purchase this book are), but because I am a long range thru-hiker. And, if I am able to get a few additional tips from each book I read, than so much the better. With this book, I have discovered many hidden treasures (a few tips or tricks I've never even thought of), in EACH chapter! The survival tips in this book cover everything from the daily... mundane things in life (such as surviving when the power is out)... and "old-world... old-style fixes" for the things all around us... all the way up to and including survival in todays terrorist-filled travel worries (as well as the standard, surviving in the wilds stuff). This book also includes, as many other reviewers mention, those newest threats to our daily battle to survive in a mixed up World. Included in those new tricks of the trade... are travel into and out of foreign countries, how to deal with an embassy (what they can and cannot do for you), some of the newest equipment available (which is bypassed in most-of the even newest-survival books).... I have to admit... that... for a book I bought hoping to gain only a few old style (Jeremiah Johnson) tips from, this book has more than met my expectations! It's especially nice to know that... there is no way... that one can ever, nor will ever, know it all! There are always new things to learn. So enjoy! And keep reading!
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Introducing How to Survive Anything, Anywhere (edited by Chris McNab). Self defence, finding food, signalling, extreme weather, first aid, water saftey... This book has everything.

I really recommend it for writers who are writing fantasy, action/adventure, or really in any genre that might need some of the skills used in this book.

Even if you aren't going to put your characters through the tough situations described in this book, it could serve as something to flick through when looking for inspiration. I do that sometimes when I'm trying to think of a unique place to set my fantasy novel in. The story I am currently writting is set in a desert. This book describes the climate, shows the desert regions on Earth, shows me how to find water, what clothing is optimal to wear in the desert, edible desert plants, how to catch rabits, the dangers in the desert, health, navigation and movement, how to make shelters.... Very helpful stuff!! Every page is illustrated with clear pictures that make the book easier to read.

Here is the contents of the book:-

1. Survival Psychology

2. Survival Clothing

3. Survival Kit

4. Planning and Preparation

5. Fit to Survive

6. Finding Water

7. Plant Food and Survival Nutrition

8. Hunting, Trapping, Fishing

9. Survival Cooking and Preserving Foods

10. Making Shelters

11. Making Fire

12. Tools, Rope and Knots

13. First Aid

14. Surviving Natural Disasters

15. Rescue Procedures

16. Survival Navigation

17. Predicting the Weather

18. Polar Climates

19. Mountain Survival

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My favorite part of this book is how it covers many "man made" situations such as terrorism, crime and self defense. These aren't usually discussed in the context of individual survival skills. The comments on these subjects seem spot on. There are also the other typical woodland survival skills sections...such as fire starting, first aid, shelter etc. In these it might be on par with the classic woodland survival manual, The SAS Handbook. This combination makes this one of the most well rounded individual survival books I have seen. Like most non area specific guides the discussion of particular climates and situations are a bit general. However, this is inescapable in a general guide. The illustrations are very good and add to the information provided in the text. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in individual survival skills.
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This book is fascinating. It goes through several basic survival techniques and induces one to think of other ideas for one's own environment. (I have a book on edible "wild" vegetation for my area, as well. This book points one in that direction.) Included are several areas that I was unfamiliar with and the wealth of information is very much appreciated. This book is a great gift for grown children, as well as an item that should be taken camping, or when driving through rugged areas.
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By G. Avalos on November 6, 2011
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If you want to get a book that focuses on food preparation particularly, this is a must. 3 things that will keep you alive during times of big trouble, water, food, firearms. Very detailed book on not only preparation, but storage.
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It would be difficult to think of something germaine
that Rawles doesn't cover. I can only think of one
and that would be edible wild plants. Otherwise he
thoroughly covers it all and most times specifically.
You would be way ahead of the game having digested
this book's contents. Attaboy, Rawles. This book
is a keeper.
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