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Mykel Hawke's 'Special Forces Survival Handbook' - The Portable Guide to Getting Out Alive is perhaps the most valuable resource you could ever own. It could save your life or the life of loved ones or others counting on your expertise and cool demeanor. U.S. Special Forces Captain and outdoor survival expert Mykel Hawke provides the most practical and accessible survival skills and information necessary to survive in the outdoors. These methods are based on Hawke's 25-year career as a Captain in the U.S. Army, as founder of the survival training company Special Ops Inc, and as a popular survival expert on television--including his new series, Man Woman Wild, which debuted on The Discovery Channel in summer 2010.Geared to the untrained civilian, Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook provides illustrated how-to info on shelter, water, fire, food, first aid, tools, navigation, signaling, and survival psychology. Now with a flexibind cover and small format perfect for the glove compartment and backpack, this edition gives readers the tools necessary to survive the worst circumstances and make it out alive.Tools and medicine.Navigation and signaling.About Mykel Hawke - Mykel Hawke has over 27 years of military and professional survival experience. He is a Special Forces Green Beret and co-founder of Special Ops Inc, a civilian survival-training outfit. He has appeared on many TV shows in the US and UK as a survival expert, and his new survival show Man Woman Wild debuted on The Discovery Channel in summer 2010. He lives in London, but travels to the United States frequently..Survival Psychology.Author - Mykel Hawke.Binding - Flexibind.Pages - 256.Publisher - Running Press.Year - 2011.ISBN - 9780762440641.
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This is an excellent survival guide book (note there is a difference between emergency preparation and survival). Mykel Hawke has a background with the US Army Green Berets and has recently been seen on television in “Man, Woman, Wild” with his wife, Ruth.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Psychology of Survival
Hawke has a bare-bones attitude about surviving and expresses it well in an easy to read conversational style. He often explains why he does things in a particular way and offers alternatives that also make sense. He is trying to point out that you must think for yourself in order to survive and offers his unique perspective on how to do it. Hawke stresses repeatedly that mental attitude is one of the most important survival factors and shares his insights. It quickly becomes clear that he has a vast amount of experience. Diagrams and illustrations help where they are needed. This is one of the top survival books and should be included in any survival library.
NOTE – there are two different editions of the same book. The version with the dark green cover is the original and is a thick and heavy volume suitable for library or home reading. The “portable” version is smaller, less than half the thickness, much lighter and designed to be used in the field. The portable version has a lot of content removed in order to reach that goal, but in comparing the same passages in both volumes, the editing tried to remove passages that were not essential and kept everything really important to know when you need to know it. The extra material in the heavy, home version is worth reading – consider buying both copies, one for extended study and one for field use. I did.
I like the clarity of the instruction and the understandable illustrations.
Topics about knives and tools were basically ignored.
Another good attribute of this book - the cover and pages are thick enough that it won't fall apart if you put in in your pack, bug-out bag, or camping gear.
it's all clear and concise. I found the detailed survival first aid chapter especially thorough with its
discussion of poisons and immunizations, as well as recommended treatment for various injuries
and other problems such as diarrhea and parasite infestation.
Good line drawing illustrations and lots of tables, always useful in this type of book.
Ten chapters cover the basic issues from the psychology to survival and shelter to
signals and nature (which includes the most basic survival rules along with a list of
items for your bug-out kit).
I've purchased three books on wilderness medicine (Auerbach, Forgey and Wilkerson) and two on outdoor survival methods (Cody Lundin, John Wiseman) in the last year. They are rated highly on Amazon; all have good information. However, Hawke's full edition is a Merck Manual, if you will, on outdoor survival. It's more comprehensive than any other survival book I own. This version, while eliminating a LOT from the full edition, is small enough to take with you. It's the one I take camping.
If I could buy only one book on survival, it would be Hawke's full edition. If I could buy two, I would add this one. The guy knows his stuff.