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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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My copy is dogeared, full of highlighting, and riddled with Post-it flags. The author lives what he writes. The honesty and willingness to impart his experience and wisdom for more than just profit are evident throughout. There is no evangelistic pie in the sky theory here. The information in this book is presented realistically, sometimes humorously, field tested, and is harmoniously augmented by the expertise and experience of others where needed. I wish I lived next door to this guy!
Even if you just use the book to light a fire in your fireplace, you will benefit in some way by purchasing it!
Some have criticized the book for its focus on TEOTWAWKI, but Rawles, founder of Survivalblog and author of the novel Patriots, has always focused squarely on the thin veneer of society and all the possible ways it could quickly breakdown. You shouldn't buy a Stephen King book expecting a romance and you shouldn't buy a Rawles book expecting to be told how to prepare for a hurricane. If you want 3 to 5 day survival guidance read When All Hell Breaks Loose or Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook. Rawles is the guy who tells you how to survive for a year or more and, if you follow his guidance, when the hurricane or earthquake does come along you'll be fine.
I would consider this book to be more of a handbook or introduction for long-term survival. For example, Rawles gives advice on guns you might want to own, but provides nothing on gunsmithing or reloading and very little on hunting. Having said that, I consider myself well prepared--not like Rawles, but much better than most and yet, as I read the book, I found myself making notes in the margin, "Check on this," "Get more," or "Have wife buy this." The 307 pages are packed with information but, if you want more, the author provides titles for additional reading and links to many websites. Also, visit his website [...].
I criticized Rawles writing in my review of his novel Patriots. Fiction writing is significantly different from non-fiction writing. The author's non-fiction writing is clean, concise and informative.
If you already have a few days food and water stocked up and a good first-aid kit but you want to be better prepared for yourself and your family, this is the book you want to read. It won't tell you everything you need to know, that is not its purpose, but it will serve as a guide along the road of survival preparedness. I recommend it.