Your Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self-Sufficiency, and Practical Skills

[via Survivalblog] Your Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills

In descending order of frequency, the 78 readers that responded to my latest survey recommended the following non-fiction books on preparedness, self-sufficiency, and practical skills:

The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery (Far and away the most often-mentioned book. This book is an absolute “must” for every well-prepared family!)

The Foxfire Book
series (in 11 volumes, but IMHO, the first five are the best)

Holy Bible

Where There Is No DentistYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Murray Dickson

Rawles on Retreats and Relocation”

Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness HandbookYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by James Talmage
Stevens

The “Rawles Gets You Ready” preparedness course

Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Home Storage and Physical SurvivalYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Jack A. Spigarelli

Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times by Steve Solomon

Tappan on SurvivalYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Mel Tappan

Boston’s Gun BibleYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Boston T. Party

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable GardenersYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Suzanne Ashworth

Survival GunsYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Mel Tappan

Boy Scouts Handbook: The First Edition, 1911 (Most readers recommend getting pre-1970 editions.)

All New Square Foot GardeningYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by
Mel Bartholomew

When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long EmergencyYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Matthew Stein

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third EditionYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Abigail R. Gehring

Preparedness Now!: An Emergency Survival Guide (Expanded and Revised Edition)Your Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Aton Edwards

Putting Food ByYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Janet Greene

First Aid (American Red Cross Handbook) Responding To EmergenciesYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills

Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness HandbookYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by James Talmage Stevens

Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson H. Kearney (Available for free download.)

Cookin’ with Home StorageYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Vicki Tate

SAS Survival HandbookYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skillsby John “Lofty” Wiseman

Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & VegetablesYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Mike Bubel

Outdoor Survival SkillsYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Larry Dean Olsen

Stocking Up: The Third Edition of America’s Classic Preserving GuideYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Carol Hupping

The American Boy’s Handybook of Camp Lore and WoodcraftYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills

Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton

98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass AliveYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Cody Lundin

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable GardenersYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Suzanne Ashworth

Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life by Neil Strauss

Five Acres and Independence: A Handbook for Small Farm ManagementYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Maurice G. Kains

Essential BushcraftYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Ray Mears

The Survivor book series by Kurt Saxon. Many are out of print in
hard copy, but they are all available on DVD. Here, I must issue a caveat
lector
(“reader beware”): Mr. Saxon has some very controversial views that I do not
agree with. Among other things he is a eugenicist.

How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford AngierYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills

The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman

Tom Brown Jr.’s series of books, especially:

Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Wilderness SurvivalYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills

Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature Observation and TrackingYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills

Tom Brown’s Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants (Field Guide)Your Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills

Total ResistanceYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by H. von Dach

Ditch Medicine: Advanced Field Procedures For EmergenciesYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Hugh Coffee

Living Well on Practically NothingYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Ed Romney

The Secure HomeYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Joel Skousen

Outdoor Survival SkillsYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Larry Dean Olsen

When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster StrikesYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skillsby Cody Lundin

The Last Hundred Yards: The NCO’s Contribution to WarfareYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skillsby John Poole.

Camping & Wilderness Survival: The Ultimate Outdoors Book by Paul Tawrell

Engineer Field Data (US Army FM 5-34) –Available online free of charge, with registration, but I recommend getting a hard copy. preferably with the heavy-duty plastic binding.

Great Livin’ in Grubby TimesYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Don Paul

Just in CaseYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Kathy Harrison

Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson H. Kearney (Available for free download.)

How to Survive Anything, Anywhere: A Handbook of Survival Skills for Every Scenario and EnvironmentYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Chris McNab

Storey’s Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-RelianceYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by John & Martha Storey

Adventure Medical Kits A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel MedicineYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skillsby Eric A. Weiss, M.D.

Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Green Resource for Every GardenerYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills

Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook (superceded the very out-of-date ST 31-91B)

Wilderness Medicine, 5th EditionYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Paul S. Auerbach

Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year LongYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skillsby Elliot Coleman

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third EditionYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Abigail R. Gehring

Government By EmergencyYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Dr. Gary North

The Weed Cookbook: Naturally Nutritious – Yours Free for the Taking!Your Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Adrienne Crowhurst

The Modern Survival RetreatYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Ragnar Benson

Last of the Mountain MenYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Harold Peterson

Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills: Naked into the WildernessYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by John McPherson

LDS Preparedness Manual, edited by Christopher M. Parrett

The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging
Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century
Your Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by James H. Kunstler

Principles of Personal Defense – Revised EditionYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Jeff Cooper.

Survival PoachingYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills by Ragnar Benson

The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated GreenhousesYour Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self Sufficiency, and Practical Skills
by Eliot Coleman

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3 Responses to Your Favorite Books on Preparedness, Self-Sufficiency, and Practical Skills

  1. Dana July 12, 2009 at 3:10 am #

    Don't forget the Merck Manual.

  2. Ashes May 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    …why is the bible on this list?

  3. Someone You Know December 1, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    Survival Spot,

    Nice list, but I suggest you don't purchase "Rawles Gets You Ready" offered by Arbogast Publishing LLC and advertised on Survival Blog.

    I say this for a few reasons.

    First, the cost. I bought a copy for $80. Now, the manual is $150. That is expensive, very expensive.

    For about $150 you could buy:

    Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook by James Talmage

    The New Passport to Survival: 12 Steps to Self-Sufficient Living by Rita Bingham

    Cooking With Home Storage by Vicki Tate and Peggy Layton

    Country Beans by Rita Bingham

    Nuclear War Survival Skill, 1987 edition by Cresson H. Keary

    Additionally, there is free survival information on the web.

    Captain Dave's Survival Guide, I highly recommend it! http://www.captaindaves.com/guide/

    Nuclear War Survival Skills http://www.ki4u.com/webpal/d_resources/survival/b

    American Red Cross Publications http://www.redcross.org/pubs/dspubs/genprep.html

    United States Army Publications https://rdl.train.army.mil/soldierPortal/soldier….
    click on "Official Departmental Publications" to get to the manuals than
    click on submit to get all of the stuff. Over 80 web pages of military information.

    Second, I felt the manual was lacking in How-To information. How-To information that is easily found on the internet.

    Now don't get me wrong, I think "Rawles Gets You Ready" sucks. It is a waste of money; however, Survival Blog is a great site. James Rawles and lots of other people providing free information for you to use; what more could you ask for?

    Update: 1 Dec 2010
    They seem to have renamed it "Rawles Gets Your Ready Family Preparedness Course" Probably still sucks.

    This Blue Marble – Rawles Gets You Ready? http://thisbluemarble.com/showthread.php?t=3968

    Emergency Prep Blog – “Rawles Gets You Ready” review http://emergencyprepblog.com/?p=76

    The Survivalist Blog – Review: Rawles Gets You Ready Preparedness Course http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/reviews/review-

    Glock Talk – Is the "Rawles gets you ready" course any good? http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=

    Note: These links are just in case you're still thinking about spending $150/$80 for the "Rawles Gets You Ready" course from Arbogast Publishing LLC.

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