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The Secure Home Paperback – May 12, 1999
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From the Publisher
Joel Skousen's books are highly sought after due to the great amount of hands-on experience he has in this field. His original Survival Home Manual was the pioneering work in the high security residential field, over 25 years ago. This completely new work, with an updated title (The Secure Home) is destined to replace his original work as THE definitive work in the field of self-sufficient and high security architecture.
From the Author
This book contains all of the design concepts and implementation details I use in my work. I have placed these valuable illustrations and descriptions in The Secure Home to help readers do all or part of their own design work. My work load has increased so much over the years that I only have time to consult on design now and must leave the detail design work to other designers or architects. This book provides the necessary details to help others do the implementation. This allows me to better serve hundreds of clients each year instead of a handful. I encourage a lot of do-it-yourself design and construction and thus have tried to develop many simply and inexpensive ways to provide security. With the online update of recommended equipment and products it saves me from having to revise the entire print edition to keep the book current.
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Some information seems a little dated.
This is not a back to land book. It is not a "how to raise a goat" book. It is a book on how to protect yourself and family in your home from a variety of potential disasters whether natural, man made, or whatever else might come down your way.
Everyone I know that has this book loves it!
If you are like I was, you might be thinking the price tag is quite expensive ($47).
But you can buy a half-priced version at the author's personal website:[...]
In fact I RECOMMENDED you do this not just for the price savings but also because if you buy his original $47, it is so poorly bound that the pages will start falling out of your book within the first week of taking it out of the package.
I purchased the pdf version and then printed the pages most interesting on my printer and then saved these in a 3-ring binder for later review and discussion with my wife.
I really like the author's suggested security procedures for the following:
* ARMED INTRUSION at home, at night
* ARMED INTRUSION during the day
* SEXUAL ASSAULT
* MOBS and SOCIAL UNREST
* UNJUSTIFIED OR ILLEGAL ATTACK BY GOVERNMENT AGENTS
* NUCLEAR WAR (Nuclear, Biological Or Chemical Attack)
* EARTHQUAKES, TORNADOES, and STORMS
I also liked the various floor plans that he provided in his book.
However there were a few minor typos and spelling errors in this book:
Page 95: "All he know.." should be "All he knows..."
Page 107: How control is the area by big corporations or government bureaucracies?
Perhaps this should be "How controlled...
Page 107: "Get a chart the local school district" should be "Get a chart of the local school district"
Page 110: "If your are retired..." should be "If you are retired..."
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