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SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the WIld, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea
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SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the WIld, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea [Paperback]

John Lofty Wiseman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,225 customer reviews)

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Book Description

March 2, 2004

The SAS Survival Handbook is the Special Air Service's complete course in being prepared for any type of emergency. John 'Lofty' Wiseman presents real strategies for surviving in any type of situation, from accidents and escape procedures, including chemical and nuclear to successfully adapting to various climates (polar, tropical, desert), to identifying edible plants and creating fire. The book is extremely practical and is illustrated throughout with easy-to-understand line art and diagrams.

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Collins Gems are smartly designed pocket reference guides, providing knowledge at a glance on a wide variety of popular and timely topics. Packed with color photos and illustrations, and sporting durable flexi–bindings, these unique quick–reference books offer the minimum in size and the maximum in useful information. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

John 'Lofty' Wiseman served in the British Special Air Service (SAS) for twenty-six years. The SAS Survival Handbook is based on the training techniques of this world-famous elite fighting force.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 2/14/04 edition (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060578793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060578794
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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215 of 220 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and Easy to Use March 27, 2006
I'll probably never be trapped behind enemy lives and dependent upon catching small mammals and selecting local edible plants for survival, but its nice to have a nifty, easy-to-carry guide just in case.

Wiseman's SAS Survival handbook is an excellent companion for hikers, campers and into-the-wilderness junkies. This book is extremely well written with easy to understand illustrations and excellent organization. There are color plates for easy identification of plants and animals to eat/avoid/use-as-medicine. This book has it all, or at least all I can think of. There are sections on camping, hiking, supplies, compass skills, shelter making, first aid, transport, catching and preparing animals and locating local edible foods, tool making, fishing, hunting, knot tying, general survival in different climates and environments and more.

The best part of this book is by far its terrific approachability. It is written for the layman and is very easy to understand. Either as an outdoor accomplice or a handy at home preparedness guide, this is a book to get and know.
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487 of 510 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, "must have" book June 13, 2003
The "SAS Survival Handbook" is the most comprehensive survival handbook I have ever seen. Most books have some basic advice (the importance of the correct mental attitude, finding water and shelter, etc.), a handful of edible plants, and a couple of ways to start a fire. While this book covers all those areas, it also has sections on camp craft, determining directions, rescue signals, dealing with different climates and terrains, reading clouds for weather prediction, and many others. A good example of the thoroughness of the coverage would be the food section. It covers your energy needs and how they are met from various foods, testing unknown plants in desperate situations, plants to avoid, identification of plants, using animals for food, extensive and detailed trapping mechanisms, fishing, gutting and cleaning, and other advice. The number, types, and detail on the various traps are amazing. I've never seen so many different designs. It includes several that I have not seen anywhere else before. I would consider this the authoritative text on survival skills in the wild and give it the highest recommendation for anyone interested in survival techniques.
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552 of 586 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survive- anywhere June 18, 2009
No need for a long review here. This book was written by a professional soldier who was in the SAS, or the Special Air Service. For those not in the know, that's an elite unit of the British Army trained to carry out operations in ALL parts of the world. Eventually, the author became a survival instructor to the SAS, so you can be sure that this guy knows his stuff.

The book covers all you'd ever want to know about the essentials of surviving in climates such as: the polar region, mountains, seashores, islands, tropical regions, or even at sea. Here's few of the many topics the book covers:

-food, what you can and can't eat
-animal tracking with numerous pics
-color pics of edible plants
-pictures of traps and how to trap things
-how to handle animals you've killed for food
-how to make a camp and various shelters
-knot tying pics
-first aid
-color pics of medicinal plants
-picures of dangerous/poisonous critters
-things to have in a survival kit

A very handy resource for anybody who enjoys outdoor/wilderness activities, it's just a darn good thing to have around in case of emergencies- or even just to look at the pictures! Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff if you have a shoulder problem that is interfering with your outdoor activities.
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489 of 520 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best survival guide September 16, 2009
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I own and love this book. It is a super comprehensive guide to surviving all sorts of extreme emergencies in a variety of geographic zones and climates. Plane crashes, car crashes, getting lost in the wilderness, tsunamis, earthquakes, terrorist attacks - you name it, book covers it!

The author is an authority on survival, being the former survival instructor or the British SAS special forces troops, which operate around the world, from arctic to desert zones, and from big cities to remote jungles. Tone is very down-to-earth, and straight to the point. The book is easy to read and understand and does not assume or need any prior knowledge of military and survival techniques (which is the author's background). I am a former search-and-rescue team member and trained wilderness first-aid responder, and I find the information in this book first rate.

The content is very densely concentrated, so reading it once will not make you an expert. To make the best of this book, you need to practice some of the survival techniques. The best way is probably to go camping and backpacking, but you can try a lot of them in your own backyard.

The book overemphasizes outdoors survival (what plants to eat, how to fish and catch animals), which is due to the author's background as a special forces soldier. For more on urban disaster preparedness, read Cody Lundin's book "When All Hell Breaks Loose". Unlike Cody Lundin and many American survival books, the SAS Guide is refreshingly free of political statements and sticks strictly to the topic of survival :) The SAS Guide is about surviving a relatively localized and temporary emergency (measured in days, not years), and assumes you will eventually be helped, rescued or return to civilization.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have one!
There is lots of good info in here, and it's laid out well. Easily understood, and good reference source-book. I'll be buying the latest version soon, and stick this one in my kit!
Published 1 day ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Micro sized pocket guide
Great pocket sized little reference.
Published 8 days ago by Kyle richards
5.0 out of 5 stars I must have book in this day and age
This book covers everything from A to Z on survival I can't recommend it enough it's as good if not better than some of the military manuals
Published 8 days ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book has it all. It's compact and travels with me everywhere.
Published 8 days ago by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book content
Wonderful book content. It's made of standard paper, so not waterproof. Easy fix is to put it into a zippered sandwich bag. There you have an idea of it's dimensions, too.
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Survival Guide
Good for stashing in your backpack- Lots of great tips for surviving under emergency conditions. This book could save your life! Be Prepared if SHTF.
Published 9 days ago by aVietnamVet69
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat little book
I see a lot of people complaining about the size, which is one of my favorite things about it. I knew beforehand though that it was pocket sized. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kalon S. Perrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book to have.
Published 10 days ago by R. Ormanovich
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Useful Resource
Published 12 days ago by Sam W
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
small and compact. It is thick for a little book packed with info. Goes on my backpacking trips.
Published 13 days ago by S. Saieva
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