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Tappan on survival [Paperback]

Mel Tappan
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1981 091617204X 978-0916172046 1st
One of the greatest books ever written on practical survival is back in print for the next generation of self-reliant citizens! Mel Tappan was the godfather of the modern preparedness movement, and this classic collection of his writings is an indispensable resource for information on how to develop a survival mind-set, identify the best survival locations, store food, maintain communications, select firearms and much more. A new foreword by Bruce Clayton, himself an important figure in the preparedness movement after the publication of his book Life After Doomsday in 1980, describes the unique appeal of Tappan's writings and personality, puts Tappan's role in the survivalist movement in historical perspective and explains why his work is still highly relevant today.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Janus Press; 1st edition (1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091617204X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916172046
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,283,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for the 'survival family' library... May 27, 2007
Format:Paperback
Even with some of the material outdated, most of what Mel Tappan wrote still applies today, just that some of the threats have changed. I still go back and re-read this and Tappan's "Survival Guns", which also should be on the survival family's bookshelf.

For the family that has little knowledge of firearms, the advice he gives is still practical today. His advice on retreating is the best I have read, and once again, the most practical. His writing is entertaining and straghtforward, and he backs up his conclusions with sound facts.

If you want cold, hard, logic (and when it comes to the survival of yourself and your family, who doesn't?), then this is the book for you. It is not the end all to be all, but I consider it mandatory to the modern survival family.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy question/answer format supplements hard facts. December 10, 2006
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Mel Tappan's had a big influence on the survival movement with his newsletter Personal Survival Letter and a later column in various magazines, and his first book SURVIVAL GUNS offered up many practical firearm tips, so prior fans and newcomers alike are sure to eagerly anticipate the publication of Tappan on Survival. This comes back into print for a new generation with a new foreword by survivalist Bruce Clayton, and returns the ideas and practical applications of a man who before 1999 served up a series of recipes for survival in the event of any disaster, whether it be nuclear or caused by storms. An easy question/answer format supplements hard facts.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tappen on Survival September 20, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
"Tappen on Survival" is 5 stars. Written in the '70's by Mel Tappen. I first read "Survival Guns" and then sought out his second book. Both books are excellent!! Mel Tappen was the level headed expert on survival. He wrote on survival and weapons for several different magazines during the 1970's. Expert advice still today!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic of the genre..... September 29, 2009
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A true classic of its period, this survival manual suffers from the advancement of survival technology.
It's old and much of the information offered is now outdated, but it's still worth reading, if only for its view of what the survival movement was all about in its infancy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dated on specifics but still relevant. March 6, 2008
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Mel Tappan's books are a bit dated on a few things but his methodical way of looking at long term survival is still sound. The chapters on the reasons for living in a small town are still relevant as is the chart explaining the difference between working guns and guns for retreat defence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I got these in his newsletter back in the 70's & 80's. Some of the advice is very good and some of it is totally unrealistic for the working man.

He, Mel Tappan was married to a doctor, and consequently they had tons of money to move where they wanted and build what they wanted on as many acres as they wanted.

Just keep that in mind as you read his advice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Mel Tappan (1933-1980) was an influential leader of the Survivalist movement, the editor of the "Personal Survival" newsletter, and the author of the popular book, Survival Guns. This 1981 book was prepared posthumously by his wife from his articles and columns from magazines such as Guns & Ammo and Soldier of Fortune.

He argues ("Most emphatically, yes, I do") that the undesirable economic, military and social symptoms he outlines all arise from government economic interference. (Pg. 3) He cautions the reader, "Do not rely on the popular press, the authorities or other official sources to warn you... They are usually part of the problem... The sooner you recognize the threat and begin to prepare, the better your chances for survival." (Pg. 9)

He later states that "I'm not, here, predicting when an economic collapse will occur, but I AM saying that everything necessary to cause such a catastrophe is now in place." (Pg. 42)

He asserts that "the most important factor in the survival equation is you: your physical health and your case of mind---particularly the way you handle stress." (Pg. 20) Similarly, it is "utter foolishness" for any adult not to own a defensive firearm to protect himself and his family. (Pg. 33)

He frankly admits the difficulties with a survival retreat which depended on remaining undiscovered for an extended period of time; for example, "raising animals for food would be virtually impossible and even cultivating a garden conveniently near would be a hazard." (Pg. 41) But he nevertheless concludes that he sees "no viable alternative" to relocating to a small rural community, "if you believe as I do that we are on the verge of a catastrophic social upheaval." (Pg. 48)

This broad-thinking book is still of value to modern survivalists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old but still relevant November 17, 2011
By Mw
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Tappan's book may have been originally published in the early 80's, but his concepts are still pertinent. This book is a compilation of his articles written in a gun magazine in the 70's, so some of the information is dated. However, this book is still en excellent introduction to preparedness, and some of his ideas still echo down into today's preparedness books. An excellent beginner's first book for their preparedness library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars oldie but goodie
Some of the best advice comes from the ones been doing it and writing about for a long time. Always be learning
Published 1 month ago by Joshua Goines
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as ordered and just what I needed.
Amazon is a great place to purchase those hard to find items that you cannot find locally without a lot of difficulty.
Just as ordered and just what I needed.
Published 2 months ago by Jan
3.0 out of 5 stars better information available
This is a sort of classic on survival by Mel Tappan (deceased). It may have been good advice when it was written, but the material is dated and there are tons of survival books... Read more
Published 2 months ago by spatin
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best
Bought this as a Christmas gift just to go along with the sign of the times. Mother Earth News from the 70's was a much better resources for this particular subject matter.
Published 5 months ago by Aritha L. Paris
2.0 out of 5 stars ok
This is supposed to be the go to book and great beginner's book into prepping and survival according to an author in the American Redoubt. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steve
1.0 out of 5 stars This Book Really Sucked
This might have been ground breaking stuff during the cold war, sure isnt now.

I thought i bought Tappan On Survival and NOT Tappan On Survival Guns.... Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by Joshua L. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
I purchased this book after seeing many recommendations all over the net about it.
Although Mel is gone now, this book hits the nail on the head about so many things going on... Read more
Published on May 29, 2012 by Dragfan
4.0 out of 5 stars One of several you should read.
Being new to the prepping-survival idea, a friend suggested that I read it before "How to survive the end of the world as we know it" by Rawls. I did. I have read both now. Read more
Published on May 4, 2012 by CH
4.0 out of 5 stars Tappan on Survival
A reprint of an old book purchased for my personal collection. Although the suppliers details listed in the book are no longer relevent the thought processes, theory and practical... Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by PM
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it.
This book was big on general thoughts and contains very little detail and I do mean very little detail. Read more
Published on July 28, 2011 by Muddler
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