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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (September 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811733041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811733045
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[How to Survive Anywhere] is filled with great tricks and well thought-out and presented, often with a plethora of excellent photos. If you have not yet started your survival skills library, start with this book. (Ron Hood Survival.com 2007-01-01)

About the Author

Through field trips, lectures, and classes in ethno-botany, Christopher Nyerges has instructed thousands of children and adults on basic survival and living skills for both wilderness and the urban environment through his School of Self-Reliance. He is the editor of Wilderness Way magazine and lives in Pasadena, California. For more information about the author and the School of Self-Reliance, go to www.ChristopherNyerges.com.

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The book was very informative and easy.
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There is something for everyone to learn in this book.
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This book is great for people without survival skills.
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110 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Sumpitan on December 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Christopher Nyerges is a renowned wilderness survival instructor with decades of experience and a special knack for wilderness foodstuffs. With this knowledge I - an avid outdoorsman and amateur botanist - awaited the arrival of my first book by this author. It being a brand new volume on a subject with great many predecessors, I was anticipating the latest, up-to-date basic information on how to stay alive in unexpected catastrophies of various magnitude.

No book with a pompous, all-encompassing title like "How to Survive Anywhere" can possibly live up to its name, let alone a 264-page pocket book. But not being one to judge a book by it's cover, I read the book with an open mind. (Besides, titles like this are often not made up by the author but by the publisher.) Turned out naming was not the only fault in this work.

"NOTE: This book does not comprehensively deal with navigation and direction-finding," is a disclaimer the ninth chapter of "How to Survive Anywhere" starts with. Unfortunately, the same warning characterizes much of this book.

Besides water Nyerges puts an emphasis on discussing fire - the need for it and how to make it, and rightly so. But even this vital survival subject is plagued with hard-to-understand omissions. For instance, nowhere is the crucial latter half of every pre-matchstick firemaking method - the nurturing and feeding of the tiny initial coal into flaming tinder -explained or shown. Without that knowledge the survival firemaker is bound to fail, no matter how good an improvised fire set she managed to come up with.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 19, 2007
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There are a great many books on survival in all manner of settings, but I've not seen one that attempts the scope of this one.

I found his style straightforward and engaging, and the material very helpful. I can't emphasize enough how much ground this book covers. No single book will be the comprehensive manual for all scenarios, and Nyerges doesn't attempt that. What he does, and well in my opinion, is to provide a solid general foundation that can be applied to a wide range of circumstances, situations which are likely to become relevant to not just the outdoorsman, but also to the average person living in cities prone to floods, earthquakes, and other such crises.

Sure, as one of the other reviewers mentioned, given the breadth of what's covered the author might have provided more detail in some sections. But for most people that would mean a book that weighs in at more than a thousand pages and winds up spending more time looking impressive on someone's book shelf than in their hands where it can inspire good thinking about these things.

As the author himself points out, there are other resources where more detailed information can be found on specific topics, and Nyerges provides those references. But at the same time he covers the basics sufficiently here, and in many cases goes beyond the basics.

Is this book the ultimate bible on saving your skin? I don't think any single book will be. But as an introduction to the skills and awareness needed to survive in a wide range of likely scenarios, this book does what it sets out to do, and in a format that's accessible for the average reader.

I've bought a few copies for friends and family, and even have one more on its way to me now.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sam Adams on April 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book mixes together, in unequal portions, wilderness survival, primitive living, urban survival, and self-sufficiency. Therein lies its weakness and likely appeal. Chapter titles are: (1) water, (2) fire, lighting, energy, (3) health and hygiene, (4) clothing and shelter, (5) the world is tied together with fiber, (6) food, (7) tools and weapons, (8) first aid, (9) navigation, (10) what is survival?.

Highlights include water via solar still and transpiration bag, beer can water filter, fire via hand drill and bow drill, cooking via cardboard box solar oven, nature's soap-yielding plants, building an igloo, plant fibers, edible plants, the survival kit, and natural containers.

Because the book has such a broad focus, it appears at times a superficial hodgepodge of ideas and methods. The book seems inclined towards the theme of getting along without modern conveniences if you can, yet using cast-off items from the modern world if available, or otherwise using techniques that mimic primitive living skills -- as if the underlying aesthetic were: if you made it, it's better than if you bought it, even if you made it from something you bought; and if you found it, it's better than anything you bought; and if it's made from natural, Earth-born objects, it's even better yet. This is, in one sense, simply the notion of getting along with less, but more pointedly, it is getting along with less expense, and ultimately, with less of the modern, ready-made world.

In a survival situation, of course, you have to make do with what you've got around you or can find, and you will need to create out of that what you need but do not have.
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