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good, complete, concise and compact,
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This review is from: Survival: A Manual That Could Save Your Life (Paperback)
I recently had cause to look this book over a second time, and I found it more impressive than before. It has a balanced presentation of all the essentials (fire, shelter, food and water procurement, signaling, travel, direction-finding, improvised equipment, plants, clothing, and first aid), and if the manual format lacks in literary style, it makes up for it with a concise but dense presentation of useful, real-world information, amply illustrated (no color photographs, however).
The content is slanted toward northern boreal or subarctic environments (authors live and teach wilderness survival in Alaska), but there is enough general coverage of the topic of wilderness survival to make the book worthwhile for anyone interested in the subject. The economy of the presentation coupled with the information-density of its manual format is the attraction of this book; the authors do not show every type of snare toggle known to man (though they should probably have illustrated a few more than are included), nor every position-finding method, nor every woodcraft or primitive skills technique, nor escape-and-evasion information. The book credibly accomplishes what it advertises itself as being; this book would work as a manual in an aircraft survival kit in the northern latitudes.
My only real quibble with it is that the water procurement section seems dated (the book is copyrighted in 1986), and repeats the old solar still presentation. Not an exhaustive reference; not anything other than a survival manual, but it meets that purpose nicely.