Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by dmv9, Dec 24, 2013.
What are some good books for preparing for SHTF?
Preparing, tactics, surviving...
I would recommend starting with a few army FM's:
I would also highly recommend obtaining print copies of: "where there is no doctor" "where there is no dentist" and a number of the other books available from hesperian.org. If you want to get your feet wet check out the PDFs:
Books and Resources | Hesperian Health Guides
Note: I don't consider SHTF to be a run-and-gun sprint, you will likely get more use out of a shovel, mattock, adze, hoe and rake than you ever will with a rifle. Learning how to not die of common diseases and learning how to avoid them is job 1, putting seeds in the ground, and having them turn into edible plants is job 2, being sure you don't die of hypothermia is job 3, I'm sure somewhere you may be called to defend yourself in there, but that's pretty low on the list of daily priorities.
"The Encyclopedia of Country Living" Carla Emery
"Back to Basics" A compilation from Reader's Digest
"How to Survive the End of the World as We Know it" James Wesley Rawles
"Do it Yourself Medicine" Ragnar Benson
"Survivalists Medicine Chest" Ragnar Benson
"Perennial Vegetables" Chelsea Green
Learn as much as you can about as much as you can NOW. You get the idea....
The best one I have read thus far is this one. It is real-world advice based on experiences during the real thing.
The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse: Fernando "Ferfal" Aguirre: 9789870563457: Amazon.com: Books
If you are stuck in urban Seattle "Urban Survival" by Ragnar Benson
The Boy Scout Handbook
Lucifers Hammer by Niven and Pournelle
One Second After
Deep Winter Series - Deep Winter, Shatter, Remnant
Emergency War Surgery
Prescription Pill Identifier
FM 3-05.70 (US Army Survival)
Survival Blog has a bunch of "Tier I Must Haves" that I would recommend as well...the fictional books I would recommend as a reference to give you in the correct mindset of the type of gear you need for your scenario.
Try this website
The Survival Medicine Handbook
Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook
Emergency War Surgery Dept Of The Army
US Army Improvised Munitions Handbook
Just about any book on fishing, hunting and organic gardening.
I like the Cody Lundin series on survival, Ragnar's Urban Survival book, and of course Brushfire Plague for good fiction and a way to hook others into the need to prepare!
Subscription to Backwoods Home
Where there is no Doctor
When All H#ll Breaks Loose
Basic Country Skills
Encyclopedia of Country Living
Maps of your area
Wow... No one mentioned the Bible. The Old Testament is filled with tactics used to overcome larger forces. Back when it was really Do Unto Others..
On a serious note...
For Christmas I got "Field and Stream: The Total Outdoorsman Manual" Lots of good information in it.
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