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SAS Urban Survival Guide

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The SAS Urban Survival Handbook or How to Protect Yourself Against Terrorism, Natural Disasters, Fires, Home Invasions, and Everyday Health and Safety Hazards by John "Lofty" Wiseman. This is the definitive guide to survival in the wild from Britain's Special Air Service. Now he has compiled a complete guide to survival in the urban jungle. Every year in America there are thousands of fatal accidents in the home-more than on the roads, and many more than in the great outdoors. Fire, electricity, water, gas, sharp knives, poisons, chemicals-these valuable tools can quickly become dangerous weapons when not treated with proper respect and understanding. Add to these the risks of travel, terrorism, muggings, rape, tsunamis, and earthquakes. We are constantly reminded that the world is a dangerous place. Wiseman shows readers how to think realistically and practically about these perils in order to avoid them, whether they are at home, on the street, in school, or in transit. From self-defense techniques to home security systems to coping with natural disasters, this book will teach readers to recognize risks, make quick decisions, and live confidently in the modern urban world.John "Lofty" Wiseman served for twenty-six years with Britain's SAS as their Chief Survival Instructor. He is the foremost authority on SAS training techniques for civilians..Author - John "Lofty" Wiseman.Binding - Paper.Pages - 640.Publisher - Skyhorse Publishing.Year - 2008.ISBN - 9781602392168..


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175 of 181 people found the following review helpful By Clint Simpson on January 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
After reading about this book, I looked high and low for it. "Written by a former SAS man after his experience in the military did little to prepare him for the dangers in civilian life." I expected a manual on self-defense, and their legal issues. (Something Nicolas Cage's character from "Con Air" could have used) After finally getting a copy, the book has little to do with what the catalog implied. The title byline reads "how to protect yourself from domestic accident, mugging, burglary and attack." Three of the four were in the same chapter! What we did get covers the dangers from stress, pollution, even lead paint to driving and safe sex to self defense and terrorism.
The book's good points are it covers amazing scope of subject matter. It doesn't linger on any one topic too long; it simply states the dangers involved with whatever hazard in a few paragraphs, then on to the next item. The book is organized very well and of course, being written like a military manual, the flow is very logical. The color sections on poisonous plants and dangerous animals are very informative. The section on self-defense is a great primer on the basics of fighting.
Unfortunately, that information will never be read. The data on household and city dangers is so vast one must wade thru the "don't do that's" we learned as a kid to find the rare bit of new and useful information. The chapter on the law is mostly for England and is ten years out of date. Especially on firearms in which the author, being former military, surprised me by having an anti-gun attitude.
The chapter on terrorism is thorough but nearly useless to people in the US. Anti-terrorism counter-measures are briefly mentioned and only for the wealthy (bullet proof vests?
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71 of 82 people found the following review helpful By K. Dye on March 25, 2008
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I am a fan of "lofty's" other book, and as an avid survivalist I must at least let others who are like me know, that this book is more suited to the elderly.
It does not deal with any SAS style survival methods, and is very bland in any defense situations.
The actual basis of the book is urban survival which it does not deal with on any level other than making sure your windows are locked and your electric blanket is turned off at night to not start a fire.
Dissapointed is a kind word for what I was when actually sitting and reading this book.
Do not buy if survival in a urban setting is what you want to learn.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By B. Berry on March 13, 2009
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Beware this book is not a survival guide. If you are looking for surviving in an urban environment after a disaster don't waste your money.

This book is filled with simple material such as Vit-C is good for a cold, don't leave toys on the ground or you could trip over them and don't run with tools because you could get hurt if you fall. If this is what your looking for the book does a great job with good illistrations and explains everything in detail. If you are looking for surviving in an urban environment after a disaster look elsewhere.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gregory A. Patterson on May 27, 2008
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This was disappointing for me because I expected more. Urban survival is long term in crisis not just 3 days in some instances; consider New Orleans after Katrina. I have the SAS Survival Manual to use as I will need it to vacate the city shortly there after. I would like the book to have more about securing food, water, shelter out of what you are left with in your neighborhood when there is a disaster. Like dangers to look out for, safety, security, avoiding pillagers and mobs, what and where to stockpile 6 months worth of food etc. I think this is Survival/crisis lite!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bridgette Nelson on April 15, 2014
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Its more of a safety manual than an actual book on describing survival in an urban setting, you would be better off just buying the SAS Survival Guide.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RRR on December 12, 2008
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Maybe I was expecting too much after reading the "SAS survival guide".
There is a lot of usefull information in this book, but don't expect to find as many clever tricks or knowledge as in the original.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ELAINE on February 21, 2011
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This was such a let down. I can't understand why anyone would give this book five stars. This really has nothing to do with survival. I read the description and table of contents before buying, which lead me to believe that this book would offer practical advice for living in the city when things get dangerous. It does not. This is only a book for a person without common sense advising how to live within a normal day without killing or maiming yourself with your own stupidity. The best information was the section on first aid. However, if you ever took a babysitting course or did any sort of boy scouts or girl scouts, you already know more than what is in this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jared matthews on January 12, 2013
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I was looking for an advanced urban survival guide. Perhaps some clever ways to make traps, collect water, find and store food, conceal weapons, blend in, etc....

What I got, was a Nanny in a book. WARNINGS posted in red on every page on how dangerous things like, scissors are! This book is utter crap. I will use it to wipe my ass in an emergency situation. This IS NOT AN SAS book. Its a book written by a british schoolboy.
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