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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall it's pretty OK, October 9, 2009
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This review is from: How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times (Paperback)
I have followed Rawles blog and his writings. This book is pretty OK, and here is why. The book does provoke a lot of thought, but.. Here is where it misses. The situation that Rawles describes, he has not lived through. I still have a rather normal life I have to live and for most of us, ditching it all and moving to the mountains is not a feasible option. He often cites needing a years worth of anything on hand, but what happens after that year? Do you really want to live in a place of constant death and destruction. He lists a lot of doomsday scenarios by where the ones who survive will not be the lucky ones.

I think the much more likely future is similar to what happened in Argentina or what has been slowly happening in South Africa.

So while next spring I will be tilling up a good part of yard for a garden, harvesting rain water, and buying and stocking in bulk. I will not be buying a GOOD location or a buying an old diesel junker truck to get there.

There is a lot you can learn from this book, but don't make it your sole reference. Where you live determines your survival strategy, there is no one size fits all approach.
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Initial post: Aug 3, 2010 2:18:50 PM PDT
Thanks - I find your review of this book very helpful. I didn't understand this, however and hoped you might elaborate: (quoted below)

"I think the much more likely future is similar to what happened in Argentina or what has been slowly happening in South Africa."

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2010 9:10:36 PM PDT
David Smith says:
Nataqlie,
In Argentina, they basically went into severe inflation. The U.S. has hyperinflation in it's future.

Posted on Aug 14, 2010 1:16:02 AM PDT
This is funny. I live in Buenos Aires, I work as a tech journalist. I think you don´t have the slightest clue about what happened in Argentina in the 1990s and the policies that lead to the 2001 financial crisis and 2002 economic meltdown. Furthermore, you don´t seem to have a clue about Argentina´s current economic performance, where unemployment has been reduced to 8% from over 25% in 2003, where industry is at its peak right now, and a country where IT graduates could only aspire to driving a cab in the 1990s and now we as a country are exporting software and IT offshoring services.

Sincerelly,
FC

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2010 10:33:36 AM PDT
Curtis Reed says:
Nando, tranquilo. The commentor was referring the horrific crash that ARgentina suffered a number of years ago, during which there was no money being used, bartering was the means of survival. So glad to hear your country has recovered, but let's not pretend that it never happened, OK?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2010 2:43:43 PM PDT
Thank you for your answer, David. I see now. Inflation is likely in the future for the US - it has been the status quo for so long, I think, it seems normal to many that prices for basic goods and services keep climbing, sometimes more quickly and sometimes a little bit slower. But always upward. So, saying hyper-inflation is coming is a pretty safe prediction! :) That said, I keep hearing reports that deflation is a possibility here in the immediate future. That would be something that hasn't happened in the US since the mid-19th century, I think. ... No expert I, on ecomonic issues, but I understand that if there is little to no movement or demand in our economy and an excess of goods, it seems inevitable that a period of deflation may be coming.

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adp113 says:
You will have to do some research on what happened in Argentina in 2000/2001 and what happened in South Africa post 1994. There was no big event that triggered the end of the world, rather a break down of systems, institutions, and economic troubles that led to a radical change in the way of life.

Fernando, do you not see the U.S. doing some of the same economic tricky today that Argentina pulled in the late 90's? It's only a matter of time before the U.S. gov't defaults on debt and credit ratings drop the point where it can no longer borrow. Just like Argentina, the U.S. has adopted a policy of spending out of a debt crisis and printing more money without regard to how that will negatively impact our economy. So, yes, I know very well what went on in Argentina and fully expect to learn from it even if others choose not to. But, don't pretend that nothing happened.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2010 3:33:20 AM PST
Joan S says:
Hi Natalie
Both Argentina and South Africa went through a period of Hyperinflation. Simply stated, their governments (like the current USA QE2) began printing tons of fiat (paper) money that devalued their currency to the point of it becoming worthless. When currency is worthless, that which you need to survive skyrockets in it's own worth. Store shelves empty in record time, water, clothing, gas, fuel oil, anything and everything you can think of necessary to survive is inflated in price to astronomical numbers. We are looking at that coming economical collapse right now in the USA. Hope you are prepared.

Posted on Dec 12, 2010 11:14:15 AM PST
Ghost Writer says:
I agree. Rawles tries to sell his way of survival as the only option. He makes no consideration of people's location, family size, financial situation or special needs. Most survival experts say you must take stock of your particular situation, assess your resources and needs and build a survival plan accordingly. Anyone who follows Rawles cookie-cutter survival plan will likely find themselves with a lot of useless material and wanting for basics.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 11:15:35 PM PST
PWTSM says:
Sounds like exactly what I'm looking for, and exactly what he implies; how to survive the end of the world as we know it. Despite this reviewer's 4 star rating, from what the title implies and what I'm looking for, sounds like a 6 star rating is in order. Looking forward to reading and absorbing the content.
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