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Tools for Survival: What You Need to Survive When Youre on Your Own Paperback – December 30, 2014
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The topics of the chapters were good, and did present ideas that I had not considered. One of the unfortunate side effects of mentioning specific gear is that it makes that item exceedingly, and suddenly, very scare. As an example, there is a specific model industrial sewing machine mentioned in one of the articles/chapters. A quick search on auction sites for that particular model returns very few results, and the ones that are shown are outrageously priced. Perhaps not the book's fault directly, but the situation is certainly being affected by the book's wide distribution.
While the book did contain some photos, they were generally not very helpful. There were photos of many common items, such as a claw hammer, but some of the more obscure tools mentioned were not pictured. Those would have been much more useful. Many appeared somewhat washed out, likely a result of the printing process and choice of an extremely light weight, non-coated paper. I am a gentle reader, but some of the tissue-paper-thin pages tore. In this case, the quality of the printing and paper does affect long-term usefulness of the book, which is why I have considered it in this review.
After waiting anxiously for the arrival of this book, I am sorry to say that I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. Perhaps I have placed the bar too high. I thought there would be more information on butchering tools and equipment, reloading and bullet making with old time means and methods, spinning / grinding/ candle/soap making ideas and tools, etc. It's a pretty good start for some basic stuff, but far from comprehensive.
In this book Rawles goes over each major grouping of tools in short form. It isn't meant to be an in depth study of any of the area covered. For example, the archery section is roughly 13 pages long and covers what is known as "traditional archery" (basically, long and recurve bows). He covers very basic information on bows, arrows and how to use them. And here is one of the problems: outside resource materials are relegated to a relatively undifferentiated lump in an appendix. They aren't organized by chapter or subject, but by who suggested them. They would be far more helpful if attached in a paragraph or two at the end of each chapter. especially since chapters in this book can be read individually as needed.
In another area, covering hand tools, Rawles makes a mistake that simply has me scratching my head.Read more ›
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Lots of handy and useful information. This guy knows a lot about a lot of stuff!Published 2 months ago by Joe
I own James Wesley Rawles's other book "How To Survive The End Of The World As We Know It" as well, and if you're just beginning your disaster preparations or if you want... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christina Westover
Generally love Rawles. I must admit, I am a city boy with some country leanings -- but I really did not understand half of the things he was talking about or what they could be... Read morePublished 4 months ago by B. Jenkins
If you have ever wanted a true, sit-down coaching of excellent issues from a guy who knows this stuff, this book is for you. And this book is packed with information. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer