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Survive!: Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere - Alive Paperback – November 11, 2008
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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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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.
Ancient Pathways, LLC
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.Read more ›
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.
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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One of the best survival books on the market today! Les Stroud's honest and thorough explanation of survival skills covers the real psychological physical obstacles that someone... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Tyson Steeves
this is a great general survival book, that is well written and entertaining.Published 24 days ago by Fred L Hart
Chapter 1: Every Necessity is Free. "Anyone at anytime can suddenly find himself dependent on his own resources for survival. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Love the outdoors and this book does at a great job to make you think of possible outcomes and situations.Published 1 month ago by Derek J. Gotham
I've read a lot of books dealing with survival and this one was the most enjoyable.
I like the straight forward and honest approach that Mr. Stroud uses. Read more