Most Useful Survival Books

A Listmania! list by Brian Reaves (Anniston, AL USA)
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The list author says: "With so many survival books out there for so many scenarios, how do you know which one to choose? Which ones will actually be useful and practical for your situation? Here's what I've found..."
Survive!: Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere - Alive
1.  Survive!: Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere - Alive by Les Stroud
The list author says:
  "For a good, general overall outdoor survival book, this one is great. Les Stroud is known as Survivorman to most of us, and he goes into detail (with pictures) of most of what he did in the shows."
$17.11   Used & New from: $1.44
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76
2.  US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76 by Department of Defense
The list author says:
  "Probably the most flimsy book of the collection, but an incredibly useful pocket guide. I keep this in my backpack at all times when I'm out. This covers most scenarios and situations."
$8.59   Used & New from: $4.52
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times
3.  How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times by James Wesley Rawles
The list author says:
  "This one is more of a "preparedness" book. This one tells you how to handle it when civilization collapses and what you can do to be ready. Very detailed with exactly which products to buy now and how to stock up on them."
$11.90   Used & New from: $5.17
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (675 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

How to Survive Anything, Anywhere: A Handbook of Survival Skills for Every Scenario and Environment
4.  How to Survive Anything, Anywhere: A Handbook of Survival Skills for Every Scenario and Environment by Chris McNab
The list author says:
  "If you're only going to buy one book for most survival situations, this one will probably do it. While the Army manual covers all outdoor scenarios, this one does the same while going into detail about how much weight to carry and even which sleeping bags and tents to buy. Very helpful!"
$15.09   Used & New from: $5.96
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America (Peterson Field Guides)
5.  A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America (Peterson Field Guides) by Roger Tory Peterson
The list author says:
  "Very helpful to carry with you when camping and hiking. Small but full of color pictures of exactly which plants to eat and which to avoid."
$12.20   Used & New from: $9.09
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)

A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides)
6.  A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides) by James A. Duke
The list author says:
  "Just like the previous book, this one is handy when camping and hiking. Keep it in your pack so you're safe if you get lost and hurt."
Used & New from: $3.79
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)

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When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, 2nd Edition
7.  When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, 2nd Edition by Matthew Stein
The list author says:
  "A very big book (making it impractical to carry around) but full of information about what to do to get ready for the collapse of civilization. Not handy as an outdoor guide, but still a survival manual."
$23.40   Used & New from: $16.75
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Build the Perfect Survival Kit
8.  Build the Perfect Survival Kit by John D. McCann
The list author says:
  "If you're wanting to put together your own survival pack, this book is a great way to know what you need. Scenarios like mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, etc are all covered and prepared for."
$11.51   Used & New from: $0.57
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

How to Survive Anywhere: A Guide for Urban, Suburban, Rural, and Wilderness Environments
9.  How to Survive Anywhere: A Guide for Urban, Suburban, Rural, and Wilderness Environments by Christopher Nyerges
The list author says:
  "Another all-in-one book that's not half bad. A good supplement to the others in this list."
$15.72   Used & New from: $4.60
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation
10.  SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation by John Wiseman
The list author says:
  "Just like the Army Survival Manual but with more detail. Multiple scenarios covered for wilderness and urban survival."
Used & New from: $9.63
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,564 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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