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About the Author

David Nash is a verifiable preparedness MacGyver. He is both an academically trained professional emergency manager as well as a personal prepper. Nash is also an urban homesteader who raises a variety of animals, bees, and plants in a small suburban yard. He runs the popular prepper’s blog www.tngun.com.

James Talmage Stevens, also known as “Dr. Prepper,” is the author of the bestselling Making the Best of Basics. Originally self-published in 1974, it has since gone through thirteen different editions and has sold more than eight hundred thousand copies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1st edition (November 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616088494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616088491
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm giving this 1 star because there is a huge mistake in the water chapter, one that could cause serious issues, and there is no where on the blog or in the book that this is corrected. One of the first projects is water storage, and it says

"Fill your container with clean water, the purer the better. Add bleach. I follow the FEMA guidelines of 1 teaspoon of non-scented bleach per gallon of water. The bleach and water mix should smell slightly of chlorine. It’s safe, since the chlorine looses its effectiveness over time and will eventually degrade. When filling and capping, make sure you don’t recontaminate the container with your hands.

Store your water in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight to protect the plastic."

NO NO NO. 1 tsp per gallon is for the sanitizing solution, not to be actually drunk! From the FEMA website:

"Preparing Containers
Thoroughly clean the bottles with dishwashing soap and water, and rinse completely so there is no residual soap.

Additionally, for plastic soft drink bottles, sanitize the bottles by adding a solution of 1 teaspoon of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to a quart (1/4 gallon) of water. Swish the sanitizing solution in the bottle so that it touches all surfaces. After sanitizing the bottle, thoroughly rinse out the sanitizing solution with clean water.

Filling Containers
Fill the bottle to the top with regular tap water. (If your water utility company treats your tap water with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it clean.
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If you watch David Nash on Youtube, you know he's a smart man with a ton of prepping experience. His new book 52 Prepper Projects: A Project a Week to Help You Prepare for the Unpredictable has a great assortment of do-it-yourself projects to learn self sufficiency. The book has great photos to demonstrate each project. Each project is clearly explained.

Think of the book as a smorgasbord. Pick and choose the projects you want. As David says at the end of the book, it's not about the specific projects, it's about learning to become self sufficient. It's about the journey.

Over the years, I've done some of these projects in various forms with varying degrees of success and can say those work. I'm familiar with the concept behind others. Even with over 30 years of prepping experience, there are many projects that are new to me.

A few of the projects I've done, but didn't really like. Pemmican, icky, yucky, poo. I know it was the staple of the American Indian and Frontiersman, and I'd certainly make and eat it to survive in the wild if need be, as it's a crucial way to preserve fat. Might I recommend his project of making Sourdough Bread instead? If you want to go all Bradford Angier, you can bake bread on a stick.

Quite frankly, some of the projects scare the crap out of me. I don’t feel qualified to make and use Sugardine Antiseptic Solution. What the sugar would be up to would worry me. Cheese has always scared me too. Given this, I must quote David, "Traditionally cheese making was a way to store milk. It is much simpler than I expected, and was the project that broke the confidence barrier. Once I made my own cheese and said, "I can do this," I was much more willing to try more complex projects.
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I was really hoping and expecting much more from this book. Sure there are a few interesting projects with a decent level of information (25%) but 75% are not-so useful and lack the level of detail they should have. The EMP, Pressure Cooker and Lawnmower Generator are the more complete projects while most of the projects on how to cook or bake something don't even come with an actual recipe - ??? This book is slightly better than a long list of semi-interesting things. It's mostly 1-2 page descriptions that informs you (an awareness) about what is possible but really does not get into the level of details I was expecting. Most people's How-to YouTube videos are more informative. This book could be re-written and some of the super simple topics replaced - it's an excellent concept (i.e. 52 weeks in a year) but not really ready for "prime-time". No offense meant to Mr. Nash - this is just my super honest feedback on how to improve it.
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This a must for any prepper. This book has good pictures and so many DIY projects. Even if you are not a preeper it will teach so many things about food storage, making your own cheese, flour, home remedies, etc, etc. Love it.
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Its an excellent reference manual and just a very fun read. I have done some of the projects, and for someone new to wanting to live more prepared for anything from power outages to full blow evacuations, this is a must read.

It is presented in a way that does not try to convince you to become a full out-and-out "prepper" but it does make you think about living with no preparations in mind, and gives an unprepared person a very easy system to achieve a level of preparedness without breaking the bank. Some excellent time and cost saving projects will help anyone new to the idea of self reliance get started in the best ways and help prevent oversights in your planning.

I Highly recommend this book.
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