- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Oregon Inst Science & Medicine (May 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 094248701X
- ISBN-13: 978-0942487015
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Simply put, this is a User's Manual for civil defense. What to do before a nuclear attack is likely, and how to avoid many of the post-attack dangers (particularly fallout). I'm actually surprised that this information isn't more widely disseminated in the US. In fact, among the public, there is almost no public awareness or even recognition of civil defense, only that the `government' must have plans in place to deal with catastrophes. This is a dense tome filled with details, but even a small amount of information in this manual could be vital to an individual's or family's survival after a nuclear weapon is detonated near their home.
This manual includes information on the effects of a thermonuclear detonation, how much damage is done, how wide spread it would be, the dangers of fallout, how to mitigate the effects of fallout (probably the single most important aspect of the book), how to build a shelter (both a quick, expedient shelter, and a more elaborate shelter if you have the time), the effects of radiation sickness, preparations for storing food and water, and how to build a simple but effective radiation detector. There is enough detail to keep a hardcore survivalist busy for years, but you don't need to be a hardcore survivalist to find this useful. This manual also includes enough basic information that the average American should be aware of that could make the difference between life and death. Many of the problems/issues addressed by Kearny are also relevant to other types of natural disasters or crisis situations, not just a thermonuclear attack.
I have to agree with another reviewer that this manual would also be of great use to authors who want to write about nuclear war. Even if you don't think that a nuclear attack is all that likely (or you truly are living at ground zero and won't survive the initial blast), I found this to be an interesting, readable account of what to do. You can find this manual online for free, but the nice bound edition is definitely worth the $20 in my view. Highly, highly recommended.