Mandatory Reading for the End of the World

A Listmania! list by M. Ferretti (California)
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The list author says: "If the world as we know it ceases to function, how many of us can claim to be prepared? I'm not talking about a crazy bunker stocked with food and weapons -- I mean prepared to grow food, repair clothing and build shelters.

This is a list of books that contain the knowledge necessary to survive without society and will teach you the skills required to help build a new one.

If you have questions or suggestions -- feel free to contact me!"
Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It's Too Late
1.  Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It's Too Late by Scott B. Williams
The list author says:
  "Surviving A World Ending Disaster - Step One: ESCAPE!"
$12.99   Used & New from: $2.03
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family
2.  Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family by Arthur Bradley
The list author says:
  "This guide is much more useful for any scenario that is actually likely to happen (but not end the world) -- hurricanes, earthquakes...that kinda thing. Still would be useful if the world did end, though."
$22.46   Used & New from: $3.76
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (392 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes
3.  When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes by Cody Lundin
The list author says:
  "This is a guide for what to do when stuff really hits the fan -- for when things get BAD (you know...like, to the bone)."
$11.49   Used & New from: $7.18
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (364 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Camping & Wilderness Survival, 2nd: The Ultimate Outdoors Book
4.  Camping & Wilderness Survival, 2nd: The Ultimate Outdoors Book by Paul Tawrell
The list author says:
  "Before you start a new civilization, you've gotta survive in the wild."
$22.79   Used & New from: $13.76
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Backpacker's Field Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills
5.  The Backpacker's Field Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills by Rick Curtis
The list author says:
  "If you have no idea what the backcountry is, you'll be needing this..."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth
6.  To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth by Jeff Cooper
The list author says:
  "Covers many aspects of survival related to personal defense:

Combat mind-set, proper sighting, tactical residential architecture, nuclear war and, perhaps most importantly, honor."
$35.36   Used & New from: $24.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Peak Oil Survival: Preparation for Life After Gridcrash
7.  Peak Oil Survival: Preparation for Life After Gridcrash by Aric McBay
The list author says:
  "An essential guide to living without fossil fuels. Includes excellent instructions on water purification, cooking and heating. A must-have!"
Used & New from: $1.12
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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The Contrary Farmer (Real Goods Independent Living Book)
8.  The Contrary Farmer (Real Goods Independent Living Book) by Gene Logsdon
The list author says:
  "Guide to farming and farm management -- never underestimate the value of good management"
$12.89   Used & New from: $4.93
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

The Complete Guide to Small Scale Farming: Everything You Need to Know About Raising Beef Cattle, Rabbits, Ducks, and Other Small Animals (Back to Basics Farming)
9.  The Complete Guide to Small Scale Farming: Everything You Need to Know About Raising Beef Cattle, Rabbits, Ducks, and Other Small Animals (Back to Basics Farming) by Melissa G. Nelson
The list author says:
  "Livestock are critical for any survival scenario! They can eat stuff that humans cannot and they produce edible things in return. As an added bonus, they're mobile!"
$15.80   Used & New from: $8.86
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series)
10.  The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series) by Kelly Coyne
The list author says:
  "A great guide to producing food in areas not traditionally used for farming."
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Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition
11.  Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition by Abigail R. Gehring
The list author says:
  "A How-To manual for all the stuff that people in the developed world have forgotten about."
$16.44   Used & New from: $10.50
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition (A Gardener's Supply Book)
12.  The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition (A Gardener's Supply Book) by Sheri Amsel
The list author says:
  "I'm not really a fanboy of the organic farming movement, BUT they do utilize low tech solutions and avoid chemicals. Both of these qualities make organic farming techniques invaluable to any post-apocalyptic farming effort."
$17.25   Used & New from: $12.31
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses
13.  The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses by Eliot Coleman
The list author says:
  "Nowadays, we just get food shipped in when the land around us isn't producing. With this book, you can keep yourself fed in the off-season."
$19.23   Used & New from: $15.23
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 10th Edition
14.  The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 10th Edition by Carla Emery
The list author says:
  "A comprehensive guide to gettin' 'er dun.

Country folk knowhow is NOT to be underestimated."
Used & New from: $14.18
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Carpentry & Construction
15.  Carpentry & Construction by Mark R. Miller
The list author says:
  "You're going to have to roll up your sleeves and build stuff. This book tells you how."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Tapping Into Water Low Tech Well Drilling Techniques and Tools
16.  Tapping Into Water Low Tech Well Drilling Techniques and Tools by Paul Sawyers
The list author says:
  "Wherever you end up settling, you'll be needing a reliable source of water."
$17.98
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Waterhole: How to Dig Your Own Well
17.  Waterhole: How to Dig Your Own Well by Bob Mellin
The list author says:
  "This is a helpful book for digging shallow, simple wells."
$11.40
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use--Includes How to Make Ferrocement Water Tanks
18.  Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use--Includes How to Make Ferrocement Water Tanks by Art Ludwig
The list author says:
  "Once you get the water, you've got to find a way to keep it"
Used & New from: $11.31
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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Country and Cottage Water Systems: A Complete Out-of-the-City Guide to On-Site Water and Sewage Systems, Including Pumps, Plumbing, Water Purification and Alternative Toilets
19.  Country and Cottage Water Systems: A Complete Out-of-the-City Guide to On-Site Water and Sewage Systems, Including Pumps, Plumbing, Water Purification and Alternative Toilets by Max Burns
The list author says:
  "This will help you with the important task of getting water from point A to point B"
Used & New from: $5.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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The ARRL Operating Manual For Radio Amateurs (Arrl Operating Manual)
20.  The ARRL Operating Manual For Radio Amateurs (Arrl Operating Manual) by Mark J. Wilson
The list author says:
  "This will come in handy...or should I say HAMMY. Get it? Because of ham radio? .........Thanks, I'll be here all week."
Used & New from: $10.89
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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The North American Guide to Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms
21.  The North American Guide to Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms by Nancy J. Turner
The list author says:
  "Know what to avoid -- or how to deal with a poison you've been exposed to."
$19.13   Used & New from: $11.83
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
22.  The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer
The list author says:
  "A comprehensive book that doesn't cover a huge number of plants. The ones in it are covered exhaustively, though."
$14.73   Used & New from: $14.22
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)

Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods
23.  Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods by Thomas S. Elias
The list author says:
  "A broader guide to many more plants, though with less detail for each."
$11.18   Used & New from: $10.18
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

Peterson Field Guide to Animal Tracks: Third Edition (Peterson Field Guides)
24.  Peterson Field Guide to Animal Tracks: Third Edition (Peterson Field Guides) by Mark Elbroch
The list author says:
  "Whether you're trying to figure out what is eating your chickens or if you want to see what kind of game is in the area, you can't go wrong with this guide."
$14.58   Used & New from: $4.19
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species
25.  Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species by Mark Elbroch
The list author says:
  "A comprehensive guide to the art of tracking wildlife."
$28.82   Used & New from: $24.00
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

The SAS Guide to Tracking, New and Revised
26.  The SAS Guide to Tracking, New and Revised by Bob Carss
The list author says:
  "The best thing about this book is that it teaches the mindset of a tracker...and has a section on tracking the most dangerous game of all...."
$15.65   Used & New from: $8.93
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

The Morrow Guide to Knots: for Sailing, Fishing, Camping, Climbing
27.  The Morrow Guide to Knots: for Sailing, Fishing, Camping, Climbing by Mario Bigon
The list author says:
  "All of the duct tape and survival gear in the world won't help you if the only knot you know how to make is the one that ties your shoelaces."
$13.52   Used & New from: $3.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass
28.  Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass by Harold Gatty
The list author says:
  "A bare-bones navigation guide -- finding your way is no walk in the park...especially if there's no one around to come find YOU if you get lost."
$8.79   Used & New from: $3.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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