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Product Details

  • Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins; 1st edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061373516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061373510
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Survival expert and filmmaker Les Stroud is the creator/producer/host/director of Survivorman and Les Stroud: Beyond Survival on the Discovery Channel. He has produced, hosted, and appeared in many television specials, including Shark Week, Surviving Alaska, and Off the Grid with Les Stroud.


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Les Stroud is a filmmaker, outdoor adventurer, singer-songwriter and creator of the hit show Survivorman. He is a member of the prestigious Explorers Club and has produced, hosted, and appeared in many television specials including Shark Week, Surviving Alaska, and Off The Grid with Les Stroud. He has been featured in numerous media outlets including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Larry King Live, Men's Journal, and Entertainment Weekly.

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This book was very informative about many useful survival.
Cerebellum
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who likes the outdoors, survival skills, and/or Les Stroud (Survivorman).
Matthew Wright
This book is well written and has a very nice chapter layout.
Josh

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147 of 158 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Nester on November 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have to say that I've liked Les Stroud from the beginning when I got a hold of a copy of his first movie, "Snowshoes & Solitude" which documented his yearlong stay, along with his wife, in the boreal forest of Canada.

His TV series has revealed what a talented woodsman and teacher he is who doesn't fabricate his storylines and film shots, unlike other hosts of "survival" shows. Les Stroud comes across as a guy who is the real deal- just the type of competent woodsman you want to tune into each week. I say this having been a fulltime survival instructor for years and having seen much of the nonsense on both TV and in the written literature that has been perpetuated in the industry. In my own fieldcourses, the conversation always arises with my students around the evening campfire, as to who is the best survival educator on TV today and, almost unanimously, everyone agrees on Mr. Stroud! No surprise.

So, I was pleasantly surprised to obtain a copy of this new book- probably the best book written on the subject of survival in years! Not only does it show practical skills but it has many helpful sidebars and tips for the reader. I was most impressed by the fact that the author gave credit, both in photos and writing, to his mentors and teachers along the way. Again, this shows what a class-act the man is and how he doesn't claim to be the sole repository of all wilderness knowledge like many other survival authorities.

Whether you are new to the outdoors or an experienced woodsman or woodswoman, I'd highly recommend this book.

Tony Nester
Ancient Pathways, LLC
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447 of 527 people found the following review helpful By Dudley M. Driscoll on April 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm amazed at all the glowing reviews to Les Stroud's new book... frankly I found it extremely disappointing on many levels.
Before Les' armchair fan-boys try to jump down my throat for insulting their hero (and he is genuinely likable), allow me to establish some points: 1) I'm another Canadian & the same age as Les. 2) I mentored my survival training since the early 1980's under Mors Kochanski, a recognized world-wide expert on boreal survival. 3) I've taught survival courses in the foothills & forests of Alberta for 20 years. 4)I completed the BOSS 28 day Field Course in '89 & instructed on their Winter Skills course in '90, after which I introduced their director to Kochanski (beginning a long relationship between those two survival icons). So, I've got my time in & done my homework (yes, I've actually previously done most of the survival skills that Les mentions) that allows me to be an intelligently critical consumer of survival literature & gear (a 'Thank You' to my survival mentor Mors for developing that vital conceptual paradigm).

So, I would likely love to spend time with Les & would no doubt find him a fascinating, like-minded person. I don't watch TV much, but what I've seen of Survivorman is well done - I think Les' 7 day solo approach is great & a breath of fresh air in the 'schlock-tastic' glut of 'reality' TV. However, I'm just not thrilled with his book. Of course, authors often don't get to write the book they really wanted to due to publisher concepts, budgets, etc. But many of my criticisms are, I believe, within the control of the author.

Can I say anything good about the book... absolutely. Survive does provide & repeat many great adages of survival that everyone should learn about prior to heading off into the wilderness.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kimberley Wilson on November 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Survival is Les Stroud's business. Long before he started making movies and doing Survivorman he was working as a professsional wilderness guide. He knows what he's talking about. Reading his book left me feeling a little horrified at how many times I've ventured into the woods with nothing but hiking shoes. Even if you aren't an outdoorsy person you'll enjoy reading the well written book and you'll benefit by getting everything on his survival list for your car. Accidents do happen and the prepared survive.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Altieri on December 12, 2008
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Stroud is brutally honest in this book about what needs to be done and why. With his usual flair and charm, he conveys the seriousness of any situation but seems to do so in a reassuring manner.

For my money, I was most impressed with how honest he was with himself. I've read other books that pretended to be the end all of survival guides. Stroud tells you straight "I don't know about this topic, seek a professional" and regularly refers you to local experts who can expand on the basic knowledge presented in the book. Don't get me wrong, there is a LOT of great information in this book that WILL give you a great chance of surviving just about anything. But he openly tells you where you need more advanced knowledge to make your trip (survival or not) that much better.

If you like the show, this book is a must have. It will help to fill that void on Friday nights after the show ends this season.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Dowell on January 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have read several survival manuals over the past few years, and while many are very good, the catch with a lot of these books is that they try to pack absolutely everything one might need to know in a survival situation into one book. The result is that the reader is forced to parse through the entire book and pick out the things that they might find both usable and pertinent in a potential survival situation. These books end up being 40% useful information and 60% extraneous information; that while interesting, would never and could never be used by 99.9% of the book's potential readers (such as fletching your own bush made arrows, and building an igloo or a log cabin).

Stroud's book is the exception. It is written with an eye towards the realistic, the possible and the likely. He has boiled down the tremendous amount of information out there and presented the skills and tricks a person is both likely to need in the "typical" survival situation, and likely to remember and accomplish when lost, tired, cold and hungry. This book is an easy and enjoyable read, the content is well organized and accessible, and as I mentioned, the material is not bogged down with extraneous information more suited for the hard core survivalist than the average outdoor enthusiast looking for a core group of skills for emergency situations. This is a great and useful book.
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