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This review is from: Beyond Collapse (Paperback)
I bought this book in October of 2012, and am buying this copy for my brother. "Odd Questioner" posts frequently on a blog I fancy, and I think he deserves recompense. He always has thoughtful and insightful posts, so I was expecting the same from his book and was not disappointed. Preppers think differently from other people, and we are always looking for that special info to add to what we, at least think, we know.
I don't believe he was being sadistic in his section on childbirth. Goodness, it was a leading cause of death for women throughout most of history. The first C-section was performed on the mother of Julius Cesar, I've often heard, although I can't confirm that, so it's not a new procedure. However, it was almost always uniformly fatal for the mother and often for the child. It would be a huge gamble to pull it off in a survival setting, as would any major surgery. At least we know more about hygiene now than in years past, so I'd be willing to take that gamble since the alternative would be a certain and painful death. Jane Seymour, the third wife of the notorious Henry VIII, died of purpereal fever (infection) following a difficult childbirth, so the least amount of human contact with a woman in labor is probably best. However, sometimes the child just won't come, and as a desperate measure, I'd go for that instead of just dying. I don't believe women have a higher pain tolerance, (I'd make a terrible spy) it's just that after all that pain, you usually have a baby to show for it which makes it somehow worthwhile. Given a choice, I'd opt for a huge supply of birth control and if it ran out, faithfully follow Vatican roulette.
This book has some quirky, but workable, advice which can be used for normal living, as well. I do think he's optimistic about how long it will take to reform civilization as we know it. No one knows how to do anything any longer, so how long will it take to re-invent the wheel? I have no idea how to manufacture a lightbulb, even assuming the electric grid ever returns. I also don't know anyone else who has the slightest clue about how to manufacture a light bulb or its components, including the glass. Unfortunately, I think we'll have to climb through the stone age, to the bronze age, to the iron age and on up. He has valuable advice on what to do in the meantime. Highly recommended!