While people focus on food or water or guns, the most valuable commodity in a survival situation, especially a long term one, is knowledge. Both print and eBooks are invaluable. What ones should you have and why?
What Books Should You Have In Your Preparation and Survival Library
And links to survival gear
When I started my survival library, I focused on print books.
After all, books are a valuable resource of knowledge, particularly
information not readily available, that I would use most if things got
really bad and the grid was down.
I’ve found I also use these books on a daily basis because the
knowledge contained in them covers a wide spectrum from
gardening to medical issues.
However, I’ve done a 180 on the print only aspect in the past year
as I’ve worked with solar power.
I now load my iPhone, iPad and laptop with as many books as I
With a book like Wild Edibles, having the book on my phone is
I carry a small lithium battery/solar charger on my Grab-n-Go bag
and have one on the dash of my Jeep.
I still have these books in print and they are on my grab list to take
if I have to bug out, but I like having the Kindle versions loaded on
my phone, iPad and laptop.
You can find more information about solar power and grab-n-go
bags from my other slideshows.
When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability and
Surviving the Long Emergency by Matthew Stein. A great resource of
information for long term skills.
SAS Survival Handbook by John Wiseman. Redundant to most information
in my book, I have it because of the images of plants and it always pays to
have a second opinion, especially from our British cousins in the SAS.
No one survival manual can cover everything as there are too many
variables and possible scenarios.
Peterson Field Guides put out a series of books about plants. Two keys
Edible Wild Plants
Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North
America Unfortunately those two books aren’t available in eBook and having
a plant guide on your cell phone you can easily bring up is very useful. So
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Wild Edibles: A Practical Guide to Foraging, with Easy Identification of 60
Edible Plants and 67 Recipes by Sergei Boutenko. This is available in eBook.
Basic Fishing: A Beginner’s Guide by Wade Bourne is very useful.
Remember, that the Donner Party never even attempted to fish in the nearby
lake, even though it had trout in it and a teenage boy had survived the
previous winter in the same area, mainly by fishing. The story of the Donner
Party and what went wrong is FREE on Kindle.
The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signs That Protect Us From Violence
by Gavin de Becker is a classic that applies to more than just survival
His company provides security for many notable persons and he shows
how to read your environment to avoid trouble.
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George is a classic story of
survival that is great to read with your kids to introduce them to survival
situations and information.
The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide by Amy Alton. This is the premier
book for survival medicine when a doctor or hospital is not available.
I recommend my book, not just because it’s mine,
but because I think it’s one of the best out there in terms of preparation and
walking a person through how to do it. The Area Study portion, which I
haven’t found in other guides, allows you to focus your time and resources.
My Green Beret Guide to Seven Great Disasters series are recommended
reading not just because the various events are interesting, but for leaders and
organizations to learn how to prevent Cascade Events that lead to disaster, by
studying past disasters.
Two of the episodes, Donner Party and St Francis Dam Failure are free.
More Free Information
I constantly update free, downloadable
slideshows like this on my web site for
preparation and survival and other topics.
I also have YouTube Survival videos. HERE
Also, I conduct Area Study workshops for
those interested in properly preparing for
their specific circumstances.
The guide on the left is the complete preparation and
survival guide. The one on the right is a pocket-size
manual with just the survival portion. Useful in your Grab-
n-Go bag, car and kitchen drawer.
New York Times bestselling author, is a graduate of West
Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 80 books
published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets,
Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. He’s sold over 5 million
books. He was born in the Bronx and has traveled the world.
He’s lived on an island off the east coast, an island off the
west coast, in the Rocky Mountains, the Smoky Mountains
and other places, including time in East Asia studying martial
He was an instructor and course developer/writer for years
at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School which trains
Green Berets and also runs the SERE school:
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape.