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Thinking About Survival Paperback – September, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0873642934 ISBN-10: 0873642937

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Paladin Pr (September 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873642937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873642934
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,656,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ray Van De Walker on October 28, 2009
The first essay documents years of committed reasoning about survival. The author first thought about living from wilderness. He actually acquired all the skills, being a biologist. Then, he realized that the wilderness would be overloaded with people, because many people have wilderness skills, and basic skills just require a good survival manual.

So he decided to live on a small farm. Then he realized the problem that multiple skills in a small community are needed for efficient farming: at least smiths, carpenters, doctors, teachers, and militia.

So he realized that a small town was best. So he moved to one. Then he realized that a real town imported tons of food each year, because real rural towns now support monocropping specialist farmers. So, he built a grain silo in his back yard, stocked a vegetable garden, and bought enough grain to feed the small town for a year. This costs less than buying several modern battle rifles. What of defense? Expropriation? He became the town's emergency operations manager. The sheriff's department will provide defense. His job puts him in charge of distributing the grain, and authorizes him to -hire- people using the grain, and pay himself a fair price for the grain...

The other essays are not -quite- as brilliant, but they are very good of their types, better than in any other book on the topic that I have read.

The one weakness is that he does not address climate change concerns. the book was written before the current "global warming" worries, and well after the "global cooling" scare of the 1970s.
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Bruce Clayton has a Ph.D. in Ecology, and is also the author of Life After Doomsday and Life After Terrorism: What You Need to Know to Survive in Today's World.

This 1984 book is a collection of essays on various aspects of Survivalism, such as, What is a Survivalist?; Survival "Experts"; The Best Retreat Location; The Perfect Survival Gun, etc.

He observes that "The single most attractive aspect of the survival field is its incredible breadth." One day a survivalist can amuse himself by setting snares or by practicing his marksmanship with a crossbow. Another day he can work on his ham radio license or study radiation detection gear. He can experiment with stored foods, design tents and backpacks, select books on country living, or write computer programs to find geographically "safe" areas. But "survivalism is another matter," since "survivalists are not easily categorized or described." (Pg. 1)

While conceding that a few survivalists are "stark, raving crazy," he describes most of them as respectable, solid citizens who have only one thing in common: "they own a year's supply of food---just in case." (Pg. 6) Later, he accepts the data from a national polling company that there are two million active survivalists in this country, "and about ten times that many people who would join us if not for our 'lunatic fringe' image." (Pg. 26)

While describing his experiences with a survival group in the 1970s, he admits, "Like most uninformed people, we severely overestimated the survival threat of a nuclear attack." (Pg.
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