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Going Galt: Surviving Economic Armageddon Paperback – January 1, 2011
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About the Author
Daxton Brown is a Mechanical Engineer who did his undergraduate work at Stanford. He is now a Commercial Realtor and writer living in Las Vegas. He has worked on a number of startup business projects including a successful television station as well as a development project in Whampoa Garden, Hong Kong. In short, Daxton Brown is well acquainted with the entrepreneurial ethic that made our country great. As everyone, he worries about the world we will leave our families and the younger generation. Because of his broad business and technical background, he joins many analysts in dismay over where America is headed financially, and has brought his business and engineering expertise to bear writing on what individuals can do to survive the approaching storm. The result is "Going Galt: Surviving Economic Armageddon". He wishes all success in overcoming the rough waters that face us.
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Going Galt is one of the best in Survival Preparedness literature. It's easier to read than most, and the author has an excellent tone of urgency tempered with reasonableness. Survival literature is a growth area. At this time, James Rawles' book, How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times, is in the Top 100 best-selling Amazon list.
The 34 chapters visible ("Look Inside" shown on cover) advertise the topics. The average chapter is just over 10 pages, with variation. Water treatment & storage has 29 pages. For urban survival, water storage could be problematic for many. Treatment depends on several conditions. Options are well-presented. Advantages and disadvantages of the many water treatment methods highlight the difficulty of this topic. Chlorine treatment alone has several subcategories. There are instructions for building a berkey water filter from scratch to use for storm water ponds or runoff from parking lots. Water treatment is also well-covered by Arthur Bradley in Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family.
One topic dealt with in only the most introductory manner is urban survival. For some reason, authors tend to gloss over this area and it vexes me. For those of us with children and elderly people to look after, relocation to a safe area away from a population center is extra difficult. Brown says if your neighbors have their own food and water, it will be possible to form a common defense with them. This is consistent with Sean Brodrick's approach in The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide: The Smartest Money Moves to Prepare for Any Crisis. However, Rawles has thought about this problem deeply. His best-selling book presents the argument for a rural retreat, far enough away from a city and the highways people can use. I'm afraid that when the bad time arrives, we won't discover which author is correct until it's too late to exercise the option. However, I worked out the cost of Rawles' retreat to be tens of thousands of dollars not counting the real estate.
As with almost all survival books, many lists are presented. There are exhaustive lists for food and good content on food as well. Brown says not to worry about what we'll have to think about during this difficult time. We'll be thinking of food and how to get it. The Sarajevo War Experience list was intriguing but no sources were provided. Some very interesting comments were quoted from one Sarajevo War survivor who was not named. Apparently, toilet paper was a luxury. We could conclude toilet paper would be a great item to stock for utility and trade value, but again - I want sources.
Brown is urgent yet reasonable. He advises we start redirecting some time and energy from our normal activities toward survival preparation. The book covers Declinism in 4 pages (Chapter I), which is appropriate for a survival book. At this stage, it's prudent to limit time spent trying to figure out if the "system" is going to collapse. What is needed now is good preparation so that we may helpful to others when the time comes.
acceptalble to me--I actually think a PERSON edited rather than depending on spell-check! If you are just starting to read & think about preparedness, buy this book! And if you've read all the survival books--I'll bet even you will find some little pearls!
Honestly I would have sent the book back if it would not have cost me to ship it and the time to do it.