- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: Fernando Aguirre; 1st edition (September 11, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9870563457
- ISBN-13: 978-9870563457
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 398 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Fernando "FerFAL" Aguirre is a father, husband and survivalist that has lived through the Argentine socio-economic collapse of 2001, and the consequences such collapse had in the years that followed. He's the author of numerous articles found on line and is recognized among the survival and preparedness community for his personal experience and no-nonsense approach to survivalism. He's also the publisher and owner of "Surviving in Argentina", a blog he keep up with updated articles, posts as well as reports of the situation in Argentina.
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I think the worst part of considering an economic collapse (or any other SHTF event) is that we don't know what to expect, leaving the imagination to run wild. Read this and your imagination can rest easy. This is the experience of a man who survived an economic collapse. He presents the reader with what happened to Argentine society afterwards and the applicable (and accessible!) skills and resources that were useful to him and his family for getting through it. I wonder if the folks who left one star reviews even read the same book? Best prepping book I've read. Hands down.
Mr. Aguirre is from Argentina. He lived through the type of economic nightmare that many Americans merely speculate about. In 2001, the banking system utterly collapsed in his county. His mother wisely got some money out just in the nick of time before the banks simply closed leaving people and businesses with no access to their savings. Before long, stores became empty and hungry people took to the streets banging empty pots with wooden spoons, hitting the walls of banks with hammers and eventually looting and rioting. The government responded to this desperation by simply gunning people down.
Eventually, the banks reopened giving people partial access to their money. As Aguirre explains;"People expect some radical change after SHTF(shit hits the fan), but in most cases as soon as the minimum of order is restored you'll have to go back to work or school and do all the things you already do, only that you'll have to take some extra precautions to stay safe and avoid trouble."
Things weren't exactly back to normal though. The country slide from wealth, to a strong middle class known for spending big money while on vacation in America, to an often dangerous nation. On the streets muggings and kidnappings became common. On the highway, criminals blocked the roads to stop drivers to rob them and car-jack. They set up fake police stops, pushed baby carriages into the road. Home brake-ins became very common.
Hyper inflation was a constant problem as the government printed massive currency to cover IMF debts. Gold became a great store of wealth but it was very dangerous to use. For this Aguirre has a brilliant solution, wedding rings. He went to pawn shop, and pulled a wedding ring off his finger. Then, pitifully asked "Please sir...how much can I get for this?" meanwhile he had plenty of other rings.
Aguirre has practical advise from real world experience. He's also very witty and entertaining. I highly recommend this book.
I was not personally bothered by the book's lack of professional editing, and I actually enjoyed the conversational tone. I felt that the sections flowed together well and only noticed some choppiness during the parts on firearms where it became a bit lengthy and rambling.
While not everything here will be new or agreeable to you, I guarantee that enough of it will to make it well worth your time. At 250 pages, the book is not overly long, but still gives every important topic full coverage.
Many gems in the book are constructed from seemingly obvious pieces of common sense. But, as they say, common sense is not so common!