- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Oregon Inst Science & Medicine (May 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 094248701X
- ISBN-13: 978-0942487015
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 114 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nuclear War Survival Skills: Updated and Expanded 1987 Edition
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This book takes a long overdue step in educating the American people. It does not prove that national survival is possible. But it can save lives and it will stimulate thought and action which will be crucial in our two main purposes:
to preserve freedom and to avoid war. --Dr. Edward Teller
Readers will be astonished at the wide variety of the problems which have excited his enquiry and the cunning simplicity of some of his solutions. There is no other book which offers so rounded a view of this large subject nor any on a smaller scale which one could recommend with so few reservations. --Journal of the Institute of Civil Defence, London
About the Author
Cresson Kearny is the leading inventor and field-tester of self-help survival equipment. He holds a B.S.in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and two Honours degrees from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Before and during World War II Kearny pioneered the development and testing of jungle combat equipment. In 1964 he initiated self-help civil defense research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory - work that he has continued in many states and several countries
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On the con side, much of the information is dated, especially when it comes to radiation detection devices. Also, the author does go into detail about
fleeing an area but makes two assumptions. First, he assumes that roads will be passable. This is only true if someone is fleeing before mass public evacuation. I've been through several evacuations in the USA due to impending weather and the roads became immediately blogged and non-passable. AWD were not able to move either. Only two wheel vehicles and travel by foot were possible. The author does not mention alternatives to 4 wheel vehicles. The second assumption he makes is that the populace will be orderly, helpful, and compliant. This also does not tally with my experiences. In the lists of emergency supplies, firearms are never even mentioned. The author apparently sees no need for weapons.
Still, overall this is a valuable resource and if I had to make a list of the five most useful preparedness books, this would be on that list.
The real reason I rated this book 4 stars is that it is in serious need of an update. It is based on (large scale) nuclear threats from the Soviet Union in 1987. However, in today's world, we also face significant threats from small powers like North Korea. Because of their limited nuclear capabilities, they cannot utilize the same sorts of strategies the Soviet Union would have employed against us. Although I can make educated guesses how North Korea might attack us, it would be useful to have some clarity from people who have studied the issue more deeply than I.
Finally, I'll mention that this book is mostly intended to aid people who have not made elaborate advance preparations. If you want to learn how to spend 36 hr digging an "expedient" fallout shelter in your back yard when geopolitical events start getting crazy and an attack is believed to be eminent, this book is definitely for you. If you want guidance on how to build a permanent fallout shelter out of reinforced concrete, you will need additional guidance from other books. (This book addresses permanent shelters, but that is not its main focus. Note: FEMA has published guides for permanent shelters that apparently lack adequate shielding and have not been tested, unlike the "expedient" temporary shelters discussed in this book.)
Simplify the writing and improve the graphics
Add a section on the likely consequences of the use of "dirty" bombs
Add a section on what to do if you live well away from any potential targets (do you need to build a shelter, or can you make your home do as your shelter)
Whoever does the rewrite needs to do everyone in this country a giant favor by making the updated books copyright free. I would attempt the rewrite, but I'm too old for such a project.
On a personal note: Thank you Mr. Kearney. You have done your countrymen a great favor.