- File Size: 620 KB
- Print Length: 340 pages
- Publisher: Plume (September 30, 2009)
- Publication Date: September 30, 2009
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002R2048M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,897 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Civilization is still standing now, but that does not mean it always will… We'd better know what to do in the event of a deadly viral pandemic, major asteroid strike, unprecedented hyperinflationary (or deflationary) economic depression, third World War, or any other global disaster, Rawles argues. He spells out all the hazards that we might face in a post-disaster society: looting, armed violence, food shortages, etc. Then he lays out steps we can take now, such as taking survival- training courses, designing shelters, and stocking them with necessary supplies. He even offers a chapter on disaster-proof financial security: savvy investments to make now, earning income in the midst of a major recession, and bartering in the wake of a true disaster.”—The Futurist --This text refers to the audio_download edition.
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To sum it up, James Wesley, Rawles wrote a 300 page book aimed at relatively financially well-off urban and suburban people. He basically admits this toward the end of the book, stating that most people will not be able to live at their retreat because they cannot (or will not?) leave their nice paying suburban jobs.
If one is already living in the country and gardening and cutting firewood, and maybe even has lived in the country their entire lives (as I have), then this book will be of very little value. The gun information in this book is decent, but if one is already a gun enthusiast they will already know much more than is briefly taught in this book.
There is some good info in Rawles’ book, such as how to purify water. Gardening is barely addressed, except for advice on growing wheat and other grains. But the overall mindset of this book is buy, buy, buy. Do not produce your own goods for life and stockpiling, just buy industrial goods with your fiat money! Buy foods, buy several years worth of medicine, buy three pairs of eyeglasses, buy nightvision equipment, buy multiple vehicles powered by different fuels, buy a caterpillar dozer if you can. Seriously. Buy, and then buy some more.
This book is of no real value to working class people in rural areas and small towns. This book is for wealthy suburbanites who are willing to risk everything by staying at their corporate jobs as long as they can, before hopefully exiting post-collapse to live a country life that they are unaccustomed to, beside neighbors that they do not even know. Bad idea.
This book tells you to do everything, ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING, except to right now began a transition back to a sustainable agrarian lifestyle like our ancestors lived. Yes, there is a crash coming someday. No, urban prepping is not the answer.
However.... The overall strategy outlined in this book is far out of the reach of the typical American citizen. Even if you live in rural America, to plan and prepare as thoroughly as Mr. Rawles suggests, would cost around $500k, (not including the actual cost of the land itself), and essentially requires that preparing for said disaster become your full time occupation. Therefore, as good as the information is, it's not really practical for the majority of us which, in then, will only leave you feeling overwhelmed and depressed.
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Not sure that the kind of prepping laid out is attainable for a great deal of the population (how many people are currently barely able to pay their rent, let alone purchase enough land to be able to live self-sufficiently?) but there is a great deal of common sense on these pages and if you take this as the “ideal” you could scale it back to suit your current circumstances and still be a lot better off in the event of a country/worldwide catastrophe than someone who had done no prep whatsoever.
There is a large focus on guns and ammunition so it’s more useful if you live in a country such as the USA where legal gun carrying is more common rather than in the UK where amassing the sort of firepower suggested would be tricky, illegal in the case of the handguns and highly likely to put you on some kind of watchlist!
All in, this is a good starting point for anyone who’s looking to be better prepared for the next potential society-stopping event
It will begs two questions from you. The first being: How long would you last?
And the second, just as crucial: How long would you WANT to?
Mind you he forgot to include holy water to fend off the zombies.