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True history WROL/SHTF excellent book!

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  1. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Almost done reading SAVAGE CONTINENT by keith Lowe.
    Not just a bunch of stats, (that are scary in themselves!) but well broken down to select individual accounts and reasons behind the chaos, looting, rape, revenge killing and lawlessness or sometimes worse, the lawful authorities, right after the War as well as sometime after! Not a good time in history to be unarmed or unprepared!

    A compelling picture of a continent physically and morally brutalized
    by slaughter’
    Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

    ‘Essential. A serious account of things we never knew and our fathers would rather forget. Lowe’s transparent prose makes it difficult to look away from a catalogue of horrors . . . you won’t sleep afterwards. Such good history it keeps all the questions boiling in your mind’
    Scotsman

     
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    robertg Sandy Oregon Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    I read this book last month, everybody should read this to see what war and the aftermath is really like.
     
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    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    It sounds like some apocalyptic sci-fi movie but it really happened and many are still alive who survived through it. Could it ever get that bad again?
    I believe if America ever weakened and was no longer the Main Superpower policing the world, perhaps!
    Again, a really good read!

    Introduction
    Imagine a world without institutions. It is a world where borders between countries seem to have dissolved, leaving a single, endless landscape over which people travel in search of communities that no longer exist. There are no governments any more, on either a national scale or even a local one. There are no schools or universities, no libraries or archives, no access to any information whatsoever. There is no cinema or theatre, and certainly no television. The radio occasionally works, but the signal is distant, and almost always in a foreign language. No one has seen a newspaper for weeks. There are no railways or motor vehicles, no telephones or telegrams, no post office, no communication at all except what is passed through word of mouth.
    There are no banks, but that is no great hardship because money no longer has any worth. There are no shops, because no one has anything to sell. Nothing is made here: the great factories and businesses that used to exist have all been destroyed or dismantled, as have most of the other buildings. There are no tools, save what can be dug out of the rubble. There is no food.
    Law and order are virtually non—existent, because there is no police force and no judiciary. In some areas there no longer seems to be any clear sense of what is right and what is wrong. People help themselves to whatever they want without regard to ownership – indeed, the sense of ownership itself has largely disappeared. Goods belong only to those who are strong enough to hold on to them, and those who are willing to guard them with their lives. Men with weapons roam the streets, taking what they want and threatening anyone who gets in their way. Women of all classes and ages prostitute themselves for food and protection. There is no shame. There is no morality. There is only survival.
     
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