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Suburban Survival: Preparing for Socio-Economic Collapse Paperback – August 29, 2012
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Other reviewers have criticized an earlier edition of "Suburban Survival" for repeating techniques already presented in other sources. Well, of course, folks. Any survival book will have the same characteristic: survivalism is a science, and any science builds on the work of those who have gone before. The best authors, like Mr. Snuffy, test and validate the ideas that are passed down to us, and present only the ones that they have found to be practical, useful and effective.
When I first read the book, I found it a little jarring, because it skipped from things like small-unit infantry tactics to political commentary on the current state of society. It took me a while to realize where I'd seen such a mixture before, in Che Guevara's "Guerilla Warfare," which similarly moves back and forth, from descriptions of improvised grenade launchers to the role of the guerilla as the vanguard of popular will.
It is the mark of a great book that it can take such risks with structure, to present a known body of knowledge in a new way, illuminated by a particular world view. Mr. Snuffy is an American patriot, a former Army officer, but he is also a progressive. It's another strength of the book that the foreword is written by James Wesley, Rawles, another former Army officer and dean of the modern survival movement, who comes from the opposite end of the political spectrum. On the one hand the fact that men from both the left and right see America and the world headed for a major die-off is disheartening, but on the other hand the fact that they can come together in the service of the preparedness movement is another reason that this book is a milestone.
Although he is definitely Rawlesian in outlook, Mr. Snuffy doesn't hesitate to state where he differs from the master, particularly on issues of weapons selection, and advanced topics like hunkering down versus bugging out.
The bottom line is that if you're new to prepping, you'll find this to be an excellent, compact handbook filled with practical, tested advice. If you're further along in your prepping journey, you'll find it a fascinating dialogue on important theoretical issues. Five stars.