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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 preppers' bible.”—Jim Forsyth, The Chicago Tribune
“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
About the Author
James Wesley, Rawles is the founder of SurvivalBlog.com. A former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and technical writer, he is the author of the novel Patriots.
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If you are a regular working person who wants to be prepared but also has to survive in the meantime, this book will not be useful to you - go find a more practical guide.
I gave the book 2 stars instead of 1 because I thought the book was well written and interesting. The author is definitely an expert and very knowledgeable; but he is an expert in the most extreme type of "preparedness". I have no doubt that his plans would work for someone with unlimited time and resources, but it isn't practical for the average person by any stretch.
I wish that it had been titled something more along the lines of "The Rich Man's Guide To Building Your Bunker And Defending Your Perimeter" so that it was more clear that this was for extreme survivalists with lots of money.
I feel like I wasted my money on this.
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.