- Perfect Paperback: 349 pages
- Publisher: Joel Skousen Designs; Third edition (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568612621
- ISBN-13: 978-1568612621
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (395 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Joel Skousen has served as a relocation consultant for over 30 years designing high security residences and retreats. He is the chief designer at the Secure Home Design Group and author of The Secure Home. He has traveled widely and speaks multiple foreign languages and also publishes the World Affairs Brief, a weekly news analysis service.
Andrew Skousen, co-author, is a practicing structural engineer who regularly consults and designs for The Secure Home Design Group. Andrew contributed most of the new research, graphics, tables and much of the content.
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Top Customer Reviews
I am aware of no other comprehensive book on this subject other than perhaps the apparently outdated 2007, "Rawles On Retreats and Relocation," which I have not seen, but Joel M. Skousen's 2011, large format, 3rd edition of "Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places'" is a high quality, well-designed, 348 page paperback that is very impressive, and has obviously been researched and produced with a great deal of effort, care, and attention to detail; particularly impressive and useful are the close to a hundred large, very clear, and informative, mostly full color maps that are found throughout this book. At $35 dollars it is a great bargain, and offers information in both narrative and visual form that you won't find laid out so usefully and comprehensively elsewhere, information that would take you--on your own--a very long time to find, to sift through and evaluate, to organize, and to present in very useable, easily comprehensible form, as has been done here. I particularly liked their insights on the influence of geography and natural travel paths on site selection.
Of most importance, this is information which my save your life and the lives of your loved ones, if things in our increasingly complex and interdependent--and therefore increasingly vulnerable, highly technological, and specialized civilization (its citizens largely divorced from the land, without the mindset, ignorant of the knowledge, tools, and survival skills, and largely lacking in the grit so prevalent among our ancestors), a civilization under threat from within and without and, I believe, one increasingly poised on a knife edge--should ever really "all fall apart." A situation that I formerly thought very unlikely, but one which I now believe to be very and increasingly possible, and to be looming ever closer on the horizon, made much more likely and drawn nearer each day by the current world situation, and our government and its current policies in place; potentially disastrous, existential problems deliberately proliferated, exacerbated, and accelerated by the actions taken, for their own ideological reasons and purposes, by the current Obama regime.
Section One is titled "Selecting A Safe Country," whose Chapter 1 is "Essential Criteria," which includes the section "How We View the World" --the Skousen's analysis of the world situation, and their projections for what will happen over the next several years, and why. This is the only part of this work that I have a quarrel with. While I agree that potentially existential disaster may well lie ahead, and that it is vital to take steps to prepare against it and, especially, to try to get out of its way, I do not buy/share the Skousen's analysis of/taste for their particular conspiratorial flavor of that disaster's cause--and although there is some disturbing evidence for the proposition that the "fall" of the Soviet Union was deliberately staged, and that the threat from Communism, cut its hair and dyed it, changed its clothing and its name, was "reframed," "re-invented" itself, merely morphed into a different form--"old wine in new bottles," I do not believe that "9/11 was an inside job," nor credit the CIA with the omnipotence, or the superhuman reach and competence that they attribute to it.
Nonetheless, and happily, their world view has what I believe to be limited, manageable impact on, and does not invalidate their logical analysis of places to strategically relocate to; as they weigh and compare the suitability of this versus that continent, hemisphere, country, State, or region as a suitable (or not) place, and illustrate in great detail why they have arrived at the conclusions and rankings they have.
Chapters 2 through 5 then methodically explain in great detail the selection criteria they use--Geography and Climate, Freedom and Politics, Crime and Standard of Living, Prospects for War, Invasion and Terrorism. Chapter 6 then lays out a Regional Scorecard for each continent and region of the world.
Section Two focuses in on and is a more detailed analysis of North America--Chapter 7-U.S. and Canada Geography and Climate, Chapter 8-Freedom and Politics, Chapter 9-Crime, Health and Quality of Life, Chapter 10-War, Invasion and Terrorism, Chapter 11-Government Intrusion on Liberty and Individual Lives.
Section Three covers various Strategies-- Chapter 12 Customizing a Plan for you own Situation, Chapter 13-Choose a Safe Place, Chapter 14--Make Contingency Plans: If you Must Work and Live Near a Big City, Chapter 15-Prepare for the Worst.
Section Four contains Regional and State Ratings--Chapter 16--Regional Analysis (with star ratings) and overall analysis for each region of the U.S. and Canada, including a section on the "Top Rated Area in the U.S. and Canada," and Chapter 17-a State by State analysis that starts off by giving an overall star rating (from one to five stars) for each State, and includes a two to three page chart and narrative section, laying out the results of applying each one of their analytical criteria to each State, giving their recommendations for where to locate if you live in or near a big city/high population area, and explicitly pointing out and differentiating between what they believe to be the best retreat areas in each State--with the pros and cons of each.
Following pg. 286 through p. 340 are very detailed color maps of the U.S. and then, each State, showing geographic features, main roads, population centers, federal lands, nuclear reactor sites, possible nuclear war targets, and hazardous natural features, like areas of high earthquake potential or volcanoes that could become active.
Lastly, there is a two page Resources section listing and promoting the Skousen's services, a very small two page Bibliography divided into idiosyncratic sections on "Conspiracy," "International Betrayal," "Medicine and Homebirth," "Nutrition" and "Periodicals" and, finally, a 5 page Index.
Despite its particular conspiratorial world view and underpinnings, I nevertheless highly recommend this work for its much more abundant, useful, and predominating factual content and analysis.
There are all kinds of maps in this book. The maps are easy to follow and have great detail. Most are color maps.
There is a lot of research provided in this book. The author breaks down each states and grades them off of many of different things. Things like population, crime rates, the food production (yes, it talks about how good the soil is and how long the growing seasons are on average), where is a good place to move to if you want a well. There are so many things that it really is hard to say it all.
Yes there are a couple of cons. Most of the cons are based off of the current laws. In this book, it says that you have to have a permit to purchase a pistol, and you are only allowed one pistol a month in the state of MO. I know for a fact that this is not true, but I have no doubt that at the time this book was first written, it was probaly true. Other then that, I have no cons for this book. Remember, when it comes to things like purchasing a firearm it is your responsiblity to know the laws of your area anyway. So this con is just a way to say that you really need to check for the current information.
Over all, this is a great book, and a must have. I am glad I have purchased this book, and if I lost it, I would get another as soon as I can. I can also say that the company that sends it out was very fast, because I recieved the book way before the first date expected. I really did get this book in four days, including the day I purchased it. I would recommend this book, and I am going to be getting it for some of my other family members.