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The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse Paperback – September 11, 2009
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If you read other survivalist books, you start to think that it's useless to prepare. They make you think that you have to be a sharp-shooting tactician who can improvise a hand grenade using peanut butter and Band Aids. This is not true, as Ferfal explains in his book.
Ferfal is an ordinary person (with a wife and two kids) who is living through the day-to-day struggle of a failed economy, with all of the attendant crime and struggle. He gives advice that real people can follow. The book covers home security; personal security; Depression-proof jobs; basic defense techniques for ordinary people; what to buy in advance; legal issues and (my favorite section) advice from his wife. The site I bought it from allows you to preview the Table of Contents.
I am an ordinary wife myself, with minimal self-defense skills, no tactical training, and no "live off the land" knowledge. I found this book useful, informative and helpful, and after I read it I added many things to my shopping list that other "survivalists" never seem to mention.
A minor caveat: English is Ferfal's second language, and his writing reflects it. (The book is self-published, and it seems that he did not have an editor.) The writing is easy to understand, but sometimes amusing (he types "embrace yourself" instead of "brace yourself," for example.) Ferfal also uses cusswords sometimes; he explains why in the book. Neither of these caused me any pain, but you are warned.
2) However, Ferfal argues persuasively against Tappan's strategy based on Ferfal's experiences in surviving Argentina's economic collapse. He notes that government will always survive, that it will confiscate food and other supplies from the countryside to feed the cities, and that it will maintain the rule of law. All of which significantly affect one's survival plans and stockpiling. For example, he notes that open carry of assault rifles will get you arrested and imprisoned (the wealthy will ALWAYS maintain a police force to protect them) -- and that a concealed pistol and folding pocketknife is more practical.
3) Money will be of PRIME importance --not a curious artifact. Mel Tappan could afford to ignore this because he had married an wealthy heiress.
4) Ferfal agrees with Mel Tappan that isolated retreats in the rural countryside are likely to become what police called "secondary crime scenes" --places where residents are tortured by bandits into revealing hidden stores and are then murdered. He and Tappan both agreed on the importance of being part of a tight-knit, mutually-protective community.
3) What led American survivalists --and Mel Tappan -- into error was that they lacked security clearances and hence knowledge of US Government plans to maintain itself and its control even in the worst disaster: Major Nuclear War.Read more ›
The author bases his writing on his experience living with his family in Argentina the last few years. The book tells regular people how to live trough extraordinary times. There is much non nonsense information about, kit, tactics, food and how to cope as a family during a crisis or a breakdown of society.
If you have seen the news the last couple of years you realize it might soon affect YOU and your family. Connately to what many books and authors tell you: even after a major economic and political crises life goes on, it's just "different"...
Actually I read this book when it first arrived a few moths ago. Having dumped into "FerFal"'s homepage while researching Argentina as a country to relocate to. I found his homepage giving extremely good and sound advices, both about Argentina but also security in general.
A lot of books are written about survival. I first got interested in the subject in the late 70s, and the books from then are still around, some good, some dated. With the current state of the world we see an avalanche of new books joining the classics, and some old once that never was classics in the first place gaining new fame.
Most "survival" books are unrealistic and at times naive. For instance on fighting and weapons, either they have a fantasy aspect to what is required or they overlook it completely.Read more ›
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Highly informative from someone who's been there. Many good ideas and comments - I even have my wife reading this. Read morePublished 2 days ago by R. Schoonover
Author covers many issues, very complete. He's a bit full of himself which he admits. Profanity does not improve his message. The book will be useful to me.Published 16 days ago by redricki
Ferfal wrote an excellent review of how he handled the difficult years in Argentina but he did not consider how he would continue to defend himself and his family if he went to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Benjamin Cassell
While I am no judge of this sort of thing, the time and money you spend on this book could be some of the best you've ever spent. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jebbuhdiah
The author sounds like he went through a lot, but he tends to ramble/rant at random times, making this hard to read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Smed
Great newly printed book,love that and I am reading it now I highly suggest it to anyone want idea's to prepare for any disaster!Published 2 months ago by DMoffett
This guy's lived through financial and societal collapse in 1990s Argentina. He goes into great detail what he needed to do and not do to protect and provide for his family. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer