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About the Author

Joseph Pred (San Francisco, CA) is a trained EMT, firefighter, and disaster-management specialist whose expertise also encompasses public health, outdoor survival, and firearms safety. He is the head of all public safety and emergency services for the annual Burning Man festival, an ongoing experiment in outdoor survival.

Outdoor Life magazine draws upon over 100 years of the magazine’s authority in all things outdoorsman—plus author Joseph Pred’s extensive knowledge in emergency response and first aid. Outdoor Life provides monthly articles on hunting and fishing, wilderness savvy, and guns and gear to a readership of 800,000.
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Product Details

  • Series: Show Me How To Survive
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen; Gift edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616281324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616281328
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dale L. Larson on June 8, 2011
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From daily life to emergencies, around town to out in the backcountry, this book is filled with reminders and new information on all the things you should know to survive and thrive (and to help others to). Short and simple, more pictures than words, easy for anyone to digest and review. Beginners will find it a great place to start, and even experts will find it fun and useful (I'm trained in wilderness survival medicine, as a rescue diver, and more).
Should be required reading for everyone!

Make sure that you, your friends and family have this important and useful knowledge so that life is a little easier, a little safer, and perhaps even a little longer.
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My grandkids loved this book as they think they are learning how to survive. It contains how to survive in the modern word like what to do when threatened by a strange dog, how to tell time by the sun, etc. Grand daughter was the first to read it through and pointed out stuff to me.
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By shechrissy on October 7, 2011
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I bought this book intended as a Christmas gift for my children's father and grandfather. After glancing through it, I ordered another copy for our 7 year old son. It might not be a realistic read for an avid outdoorsman who regularly watches Survivorman, but it's great for the average joe and his kids! I would definitely recommend it to city folk and youngsters, as it is very easy to read and understand. However, if you're a backwoods boy who already lives off the land, you might want to look elsewhere for new information. All in all, there was a lot of information or different tricks and techniques I wasn't aware of contained in this book.
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So we bought this for our 7 year old as he is starting to really enjoy the outdoors, boy things, etc. Thought it would be a cool resource that was fun and educational. As others have noted, it uses pictures, primarily to communicate the concepts. So even though he can read, it's easy to follow.

The verdict? The other day he walks up to my wife while were on a walk and says "Mom, I need a button". A button? "Yea, a button, the book says when you are thirsty and don't have any water if you suck on a button it will quench your thirst". Rock on!

Which prompted me to flip through the book. This thing is incredible. While it is a kids book, it has some seriously advanced techniques and great ideas. I have done tons of wilderness classes but it broke down even the more advanced topics (like navigating out of a swamp) down into easily digestible points and, I will admit, I even learned a few things. Like if you are in a swamp, drop a large leaf into the water, it will gradually float downstream and toward the coast. That way lies (most likely) your best exit. Seriously cool. Perfect 7-12 year old gift.

P.S. If your kid asks for a syringe and alcohol - say no. There is one page on needle decompression. :)
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By Rose Green on December 24, 2013
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When you're in an emergency situation, you don't have time to trawl through long columns of text. This book is great--it shows you a different scenario on each page and how to deal with it. Some of them might sound like you wouldn't use them very often (how to deal with a grizzly encounter, for example)--but you never know when you might be say, visiting Yellowstone National Park and surprise! need that information you stored away in your head. A fun book--I bought it for my 13YO who loves scouting.
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Information is practical, but some are NOT updated, NOT recommended anymore and in fact, dangerous. Some situations are unlikely to occur in one's lifetime, so low in practical value. Some are just common sense, especially if you're an educated professional. This may be a gift for a 9 year-old, if there is an updated version.
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I got this for my older son. He is 11. We homeschool and we wanted to get him something just for him. He made the beef jerky recipe right away. Funny thing is my girls love this book too. They bring it to the table to read during meals even. There's lots to learn in it!
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I bought this for my husband for Christmas last year, and here it is a year later and we still flip through it and find things we'd forgotten about! We've used a few tips in the book so far. Great purchase, and I LOVE the Show Me How books. This is our third one!
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