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Wildwood Wisdom Paperback – 1992
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With all of that said I've looked at other books, forums, video series...list goes on, and the quality is always either questionable, downright insane in it's paranoid babbling and obvious catering to the failed Y2K crowd or (since I backpack) it caters to backpackers who spend thousands of dollars on top shelf equipment which ultimately fails/needs replaced in the long run.
Again knowledge is indispensable and can never be taken from me, break, fail, need charged, run out of batteries or be used up. A one time fee for this book, as a gift for you or someone else is worth at least a few hundred in the "Wisdom" it holds. No zombie outbreaks, no BS what you need to know when the economy collapses, no 12 best weapons to hoard or any of that crazy stuff...just good old what to do if A, B or C happens or if you just want to go out (maybe with your kids...people still do that right??) and practice or have fun!!
While the book was written in 1945, it's not as dated as anticipated, and much of the information contained within is timeless. Still, there were some procedures outlined that are now considered less than effective. As an example, the emergency procedure for dealing with pit viper bites is now considered out of date.
My rating is based on the following:
I did not feel that it was fair to rate a classic such as this by modern standards, as it would not be an equitable comparison against a modern publication with updated information and full color pictures. There were only sketches in this book, and although they were useful sketches, they are typically not a substitute for high resolution photographs. However, considering the time that this book was published, this would have added significantly to the costs of this publication, so it is easily understood why such an addition was omitted. Rating this book for its usefulness at the time that it was published, I feel that it is fair to give this classic book a 5 star rating.
Just bear in mind that some of the information is dated, so my recommendation would be to seek out an updated publication on first aid and edible and medicinal plants with actual color photographs to supplement this book.
add matchsafe (marbles, antique now, plastic works) lifeboat matches, a little fishing gear, small sheath knife and stone, compass, top. map, bug dope, and VERY basic add ons, and set him or her free.
I put this into a family members hands, a few weeks ago, just got a report the child came home, grabbed this book, and went back to "summer camp" to teach the other campers what has been learned in only a month.
Pity other volumes are no longer in print.
Also carried by Lehmans, to whom I recommended it highly years ago, a best seller there.