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If you want to continue your modern lifestyle and prepare for the possibility of a potential crisis, then The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide is the book for you. Planning for the unthinkable and making smart money moves before and during difficult times requires an in-depth understanding of the many aspects of life in which problems can strike, and this reliable resource will show you what it takes to make it should these situations arise.

In the face of disaster, it is better to plan than panic. A bulletproof plan will protect you from¿the crippling effects of a mishap—from shake-ups in the stock market to the next oil crisis to fires and floods. With this book, author Sean Brodrick of Weiss Research teaches you the simple things you can do that will help you prepare and profit in this changing economic landscape.The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide is your tool to understanding a myriad of key concepts.

Divided into five comprehensive parts, this one-of-a-kind guide: <&lt;ul>

  • Discusses how you should position yourself financially in order to survive—and possibly thrive—during a regular economic downturn, a full-blown recession, or an economic collapse
  • Addresses how to protect your health—and that of your family—as well as your home from uncontrollable events
  • Offers practical advice for storing food and water, buying survival gear, and becoming more self-sufficient
  • Details different transportation options, should traditional means fail, and offers practical advice on evacuating an area should things become unstable
  • And much more

The time to plan for any crisis is before it happens. Nobody understands this better than Sean Brodrick, and with The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide, he shows you how it's possible to prepare for an uncertain future and prosper under even the toughest conditions.

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"Brodrick provides an entertaining, and direct, view into the¿havoc that markets can wreak. And at the same time, he provides you with a field guide for surviving the end of life as we have come to comfortably know¿it. It's an achievement not undertaken lightly or by many in the field, and thus worth your time to read."
—Addison Wiggin, Executive Publisher, Agora Financial, LLC, and author of I.O.U.S.A and Financial Reckoning Day Fallout

"I eagerly read this entire book cover to cover on a flight from Florida to Pennsylvania—it's that engaging. From gardens to guns, Sean covers every major topic you need to get on the path toward self-sufficiency. I laughed. I learned. I loved it!"
—Nilus Mattive, Editor, Weiss Research's Dividend Superstars, and author of The Standard & Poor's Guide for the New Investor

"Hurricane Frances, New Orleans, 9/11, and California wildfires. For most of us, time is a great healer in the aftermath of any disaster. Sean's book takes a level-headed and firsthand approach at preparing readers for societal shifts that are already underway. Read it and take your notes well."
—Andrew Wilkinson, Director of Media Communications, Interactive Brokers

"Christmas arrives early this year for us investors. Sean manages to take the actual 'boots on the ground and fingers in the dirt' research that he is famous for and marry it to technical analysis and make it entertaining, thought-provoking, and profitable, all at the same time."
—Tom Jeffries,

"Brodrick gives us a concise and easy-to-follow yet comprehensive guide to not only surviving but even thriving in the new economy. A financial and day-to-day primer for the new economic reality, a must-read for anyone who wants practical solutions and real answers."
—Kevin Kerr, Editor, Kerr Commodities Watch

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Author Sean Brodrick shows how to survive in the current economy and protect yourself from future disasters.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470463163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470463161
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sean Brodrick, a natural resources analyst for Oxford Club, Inc., travels far and wide searching for small-cap values in the natural resource sector. He is the editor of the company's Gold & Resource Trader, Oxford Resource Explorer, and a regular contributor to Investment U ( He also has a blog, King One Eye, (

Sean is the author of the Amazon best-seller The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide, a lively, comprehensive roadmap for preparing and surviving today's changing economic landscape, from stock market shake-ups, oil and currency crises to floods and fires.

Recognized for his expertise on natural resources and Canadian and Australian investment opportunities, Brodrick has been featured on many financial talk shows, including CNBC Squawk Box, Fox Business, CNN, Your World with Neil Cavuto and Bloomberg Market Line. He is a contributing columnist to and a commentator on one of Canada's premiere financial websites,

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137 of 141 people found the following review helpful By SciFiGuy on January 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The world might not come to an end any time soon, but I can guarantee you that YOUR world will hit some bumps from time to time. Ever been snowed in for a week? How did you stay warm? Did you have enough water during your first hurricane? Ever tried to call 911 during a riot? If this sort of thing hasn't happened to you yet, count your blessings, but if you live long enough...something will eventually come along. Do you really want to learn how to cope AFTER the "bump" in society that threatens your life, property or well-being? No? Then get this book and read it cover to cover. What are the most useful supplies to have on hand in an emergency? Is there something in your spice rack you can use for medicinal purposes until you can get to a pharmacy? You don't know? I

The author even takes the time to discuss home security in various scenarios. From "day-to-day" - wherein you can expect the police to eventually show up, to "you're on your own" - wherein the police aren't coming...ever. He even talks intelligently about firearms. Which ones are best for home defense? Which are best for novices? I admit a certain bias because I discovered my two mainstays are the same two he selected. I've taught and taken firearm safety classes, home defense classes and been around firearms of every sort for almost 5 decades. The advice in this book is simple and concise. If you can't field-strip and clean your weapon or you don't want to practice gun-safety or learn to properly store and use a firearm, then owning one is not for you. But if you do, heed the advice given by the author. It says it all and it says it well.

Finally, I own several books with the word "survivalist" in them. Most of them are written by people are are heavy on the hysteria and short on the practical advice.
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141 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Alberto Vargas VINE VOICE on January 28, 2010
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I have read and reviewed many crisis and survival preparedness books in the past year (feel free to look at my other reviews). This is by far the best book on these topics that I have read. I highly recommend it to anyone who cares about preparing to weather the current economic crisis or to survive a natural or manmade disaster.

How is this book different from others on this topic? After reading it, it seemed to me that the author had read the most popular books in the genre, eliminated the impractical bits, collected all the good and relevant insights, and then put it all in an easy-to-read, friendly language. There is no annoying political agenda here (many books tend to be right-wing libertarian or left-wing anticorporate eco-new-age) - just a pragmatic description of how things work in today's economy or during a disaster. There is no gear and guns obsession in this book, nor fear mongering, nor advice on how to build a sustainable bamboo house :) Yes, there are so many quirky annoyances in many books in this genre, that this one is a breath of fresh air. There are also little puns and jokes here and there, which make this book more fun to read.

The author wrote this for urban and suburban middle class folks. The book basically tells you how to continue living your life, with minor modifications so you are better prepared for hard times. This book is not about "hard core survival" in rural areas.

Topics covered in this book (pretty comprehensive):

- Likely short and long term disasters (fire, flood, future oil crisis, financial instability)
- Examples of how societies dealt with crises, e.g.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide is without doubt an eye-opening look at what could happen if a crisis were to hit your community or our country. However, don't let the title fool you. The author isn't one of those hardcore survivalists who move to remote farms where they raise livestock, collect guns and ammo, and prepare for a global oil crisis, financial meltdown, zombie invasion or the end of the world as we know it.

He likes the creature comforts of a warm bed, healthy food and fresh water. Just like you and me! Yet he has been able show, by actually doing it himself, how anyone can develop self-reliance and independence without giving up their twenty-first century lifestyle.

What's more, his book is practical, useful and written in an easy-to-digest conversational tone that will help you develop skills so you can become a more self-reliant, well-rounded, and interesting person. And it's packed full of additional resources for you to check out.

Once you've read The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide, you'll know how to survive a world-threatening disaster, live a healthier lifestyle and save your money in the here and now.

I highly recommend you order your copy today. If you're like me, it'll give you peace of mind and become your checklist on how to start preparing for when a crisis hits.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Kelly on February 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book covers a variety of necessary topics for the stay at home survivalist or anyone that breathes air for that matter. With each chapter laid out in a straight forward, common sense manner it makes it easy to quickly garner the insight and knowledge to better protect your family in a time of need.

I have now read this book twice and some chapters even more. There is even a chapter on smart shopping for food and other necessary sundries that if followed will probably save you the cover price of the book on your first trip to the store. Plus, every chapter has a summary of the very minimum your could do to put yourself and your family one step ahead and better prepared for a crisis situation.

I am of the opinion that you owe it to yourself, family and friends to at least have a basic knowledge of the topics covered in this book. It is tough to beat this book due to its simplisty to lay out a broad array of topics in consise detail. Pick it up, you will be happy that you did.
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