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How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times Paperback – September 30, 2009
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The definitive guide on how to prepare for any crisis--from global financial collapse to a pandemic.
It would only take one unthinkable event to disrupt our way of life. If there is a terrorist attack, a global pandemic, or sharp currency devaluation--you may be forced to fend for yourself in ways you've never imagined. Where would you get water? How would you communicate with relatives who live in other states? What would you use for fuel?
Survivalist expert James Wesley, Rawles, author of Patriots and editor of SurvivalBlog.com, shares the essential tools and skills you will need for you family to survive, including:
* Water: Filtration, transport, storage, and treatment options.
* Food Storage: How much to store, pack-it-yourself methods, storage space and rotation, countering vermin.
* Fuel and Home Power: Home heating fuels, fuel storage safety, backup generators.
* Garden, Orchard Trees, and Small Livestock: Gardening basics, non-hybrid seeds, greenhouses; choosing the right livestock.
* Medical Supplies and Training: Building a first aid kit, minor surgery, chronic health issues.
* Communications: Following international news, staying in touch with loved ones.
* Home Security: Your panic room, self-defense training and tools.
* When to Get Outta Dodge: Vehicle selection, kit packing lists, routes and planning.
* Investing and Barter: Tangibles investing, building your barter stockpile. And much more.
How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It is a must-have for every well-prepared family.
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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.
One theme which does seem quite practical is skill building. There's a long list of skills which would be critical in a long term emergency, and most can be useful and fun even if the worst never happens. First aid, shooting, ham radio, gardening, canning, sewing, soap and candle making, welding. This is probably one of the most important ideas in the book. I was just hoping the book would teach some of them.
Another point I should mention is that 95% of the book is about getting ready before something bad happens. There's not much that would be useful for reference after a breakdown. The information is also more of a primer and a list of things to think about rather than an in-depth guide. If you decide you want to take his advice you'll need to consult more detailed sources, and he lists several good ones.
I was never going to be a hardcore prepper, but this was still an interesting read.
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