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on January 9, 2000
This book is a bible for anyone seeking to live in a community without contributing to the growing crisis in infrastructure provision. It shows in practical terms, illustrated with easily understood sketches and diagrams,and supported by easily read and understood tables, ways to live more independently of, and offer less of a burden to our city. First published in 1974, it was a quarter century ahead of its time. Its time has come.
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on February 6, 2012
Even though this book is older (1970s) it is still pretty valuable. Like other tomes during this time period, it is pretty heavy in its description in order to make it easier for others to copy.

That said, this book really is a starting point. Some of the ideas are not very applicable to now, due to advances in technology and understanding, such as geothermal energy and improvements in solar energy.

I did like how the authors were honest about some of the downfalls of what they built. They don't go much in how to correct them, but it is something that can be researched. For example, they had a problem with flies in the rabbit area, and they brought in chickens to dig around and eat the fly larva in the droppings. I think that problem might be fixed with better screening instead.

Overall, it is a good book and I like how it focuses on making one more self sufficient in an urban setting, which is where most people live. It's not realistic for everyone to give up their jobs and move to the country.
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on December 27, 2013
Had a copy in the 70s but gave it away six years ago. Thinking about building a house and decided to find another copy. It's great, better than I remembered.

Shipper was fast, book arrived in as good condition as listed.
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on June 10, 2009
This is a great book and I hate to ding it but, it is listed as a new book and is not. It is a reprint of a book form the 70's published by the Sierra Club.Good info but VERY dated.
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on September 28, 2012
This book has a lot of ideas for more self-reliant living. The book discusses the different ideas purpose and how they function. It was enjoyable to read, only because I enjoy reading this type of book. This is not for everyone.
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on December 31, 2012
My Cleveland daughter wanted this for her reference library. She plans to consult it often as she tests her self reliance in a big city.
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on February 21, 2014
I live on 5 acres in the country, but I'm pretty lazy. So i've been doing small-scale growing of my own crops for many years by using the ideas in this book. Some are out of date, but most of them are still applicable, & probably always will be. Plus it's a very inspiring read.
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on January 11, 2015
Absolutely crazy about this book - everything and much more than expected; a fount of information and wisdom. One of those books that has a permanent place on the "Most Important" self-reliant-living shelf in our home library.

This book comes with excellent illustrations. This is a large book - over 400 pages jam-packed with really comprehensive and very well written information.
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