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Mandatory Reading for the End of the World

M. Ferretti
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
Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It's Too Late
"Surviving A World Ending Disaster - Step One: ESCAPE!"
Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family
Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family
"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."
When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes
When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes
"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)."
Camping & Wilderness Survival: The Ultimate Outdoors Book
Camping & Wilderness Survival: The Ultimate Outdoors Book
"Before you start a new civilization, you've gotta survive in the wild."
The Backpacker's Field Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills
The Backpacker's Field Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills
"If you have no idea what the backcountry is, you'll be needing this..."
To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth
To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth
"Covers many aspects of survival related to personal defense: Combat mind-set, proper sighting, tactical residential architecture, nuclear war and, perhaps most importantly, honor."
Peak Oil Survival: Preparation for Life After Gridcrash
Peak Oil Survival: Preparation for Life After Gridcrash
"An essential guide to living without fossil fuels. Includes excellent instructions on water purification, cooking and heating. A must-have!"
The Contrary Farmer (Real Goods Independent Living Book)
The Contrary Farmer (Real Goods Independent Living Book)
"Guide to farming and farm management -- never underestimate the value of good management"
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)
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)
"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!"
The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series)
The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series)
"A great guide to producing food in areas not traditionally used for farming."
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition
"A How-To manual for all the stuff that people in the developed world have forgotten about."
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)
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)
"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."
The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses
The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses
"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."
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 10th Edition
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 10th Edition
"A comprehensive guide to gettin' 'er dun. Country folk knowhow is NOT to be underestimated."
Carpentry & Construction
Carpentry & Construction
"You're going to have to roll up your sleeves and build stuff. This book tells you how."
Tapping Into Water Low Tech Well Drilling Techniques and Tools
Tapping Into Water Low Tech Well Drilling Techniques and Tools
"Wherever you end up settling, you'll be needing a reliable source of water."
Waterhole: How to Dig Your Own Well
Waterhole: How to Dig Your Own Well
"This is a helpful book for digging shallow, simple wells."
Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use--Includes How to Make Ferrocement Water Tanks
Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use--Includes How to Make Ferrocement Water Tanks
"Once you get the water, you've got to find a way to keep it"
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
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
"This will help you with the important task of getting water from point A to point B"
The ARRL Operating Manual For Radio Amateurs (Arrl Operating Manual)
The ARRL Operating Manual For Radio Amateurs (Arrl Operating Manual)
"This will come in handy...or should I say HAMMY. Get it? Because of ham radio? .........Thanks, I'll be here all week."
The North American Guide to Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms
The North American Guide to Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms
"Know what to avoid -- or how to deal with a poison you've been exposed to."
The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
"A comprehensive book that doesn't cover a huge number of plants. The ones in it are covered exhaustively, though."
Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods
Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods
"A broader guide to many more plants, though with less detail for each."
Peterson Field Guide to Animal Tracks: Third Edition (Peterson Field Guides)
Peterson Field Guide to Animal Tracks: Third Edition (Peterson Field Guides)
"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."
Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species
Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species
"A comprehensive guide to the art of tracking wildlife."
SAS Guide to Tracking, New and Revised
SAS Guide to Tracking, New and Revised
"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...."
The Morrow Guide to Knots: for Sailing, Fishing, Camping, Climbing
The Morrow Guide to Knots: for Sailing, Fishing, Camping, Climbing
"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."
Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass
Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass
"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."