10 Must Have Survival Books

Every Prepper should have a complete knowledge-base in their home library and these are books you can’t leave out of that library. Check out some of the best survival and self sufficiency books that we’ve found. These are books you need!

1. Making the Best of Basics

Making The Best Of Basics

2. The Ultimate Guide to US Army Survival Skills, Tactics & Techniques

The Ultimate Guide to US Army Survival Skills, Tactics & Techniques

3.Camping & Wilderness Survival

Camping & Wilderness Survival

4. US Army Survival Guide

US Army Survival Guide

5. Country Wisdom & Know-how

Country Wisdom & Know-how

6. Tom Browns Guide to Edible & Medicinal Plants

Tom Browns Guide to Edible & Medicinal Plants

7. Gardening When It Counts

Gardening When It Counts

8.Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Complete Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival

Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Complete Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival

9. Earth Abides

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10. Patriots


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25 Responses

    • anarchyhour

      Thanks a mill for the info.. Now I just have have to scam the nearly 500 page printoff of the e- book on someone else's printer..

  1. Shannon

    I would have to disagree. I would say that the Zippo would be the winner. First of all, how many times will you be starting a fire in sever weather conditions without having a shelter first. The shelter will provide the wind protection that the Zippo or the BIC could handle. The fact that the Zippo will burn longer without having to have a button depressed makes it a free standing flame to start your fire. Especially when your fingers are cold and hurt. That is just an opinion. As far as the butane not wanting to evaporate, there is an easy solution to that. Don't let it get cold or warm it up before you attempt to light it. Place it in your armpit for about 3 minutes, that will warm the fuel up plenty and be enought to light it very well. I know this from experience.

  2. TheSurvivalMom

    This is a good collection of books. I would add a cookbook with recipes using ingredients typically found in long-term storage pantries. I've seen a few but don't have a favorite. Is there one that you recommend?

    • Survivalspot

      #4 "Making the best of basics" if filled with great recipes that can be made from food storage. I highly recommend it. There are a few other more obscure books like the Amazing Wheat Book (filled with wheat based recipes) that are good too.

  3. Will

    Two others:

    The Encyclopedia of Country Living, by Carla Emery
    Boston's Gun Bible, by Boston T. Party

    A survival library isn't complete without those two. In fact, I'd rank them above everything else listed (especially the first one). J.W. Rawles, the author of the last book on your list, concurs.

  4. preparednesspro

    Great list of books. Some of my must-have survival books include “Alas, Babylon” by Pat Frank, “Passport to Survival” by Esther Dickey and “How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It” by James Wesley, Rawles, among others. My whole list here: http://bit.ly/4aDKRt

  5. William Barentine

    I agree with 99.9% of the books as listed by the site, and other contributors…
    1 drawback, stay away from those "fictional" types…
    EG: "patriots".
    It's like watching Bear Grylls in "man-vs-wild" Les Stroud, in "Survivorman" on tv.
    It can get you killed!
    Go with realistic subject material that is tested and true, NOT someone's idea, or maybe's……
    Stay alert, stay alive!

  6. william barentine

    Buy, read, study, and above all else, Practice!
    Medical books of all kinds, and anything else that can assist you in an emergency scenario!
    Besides, a lot of paperback books are not just informative, and educational…some are actually entertaining!

  7. Brad

    I thought you might find this site of value: http://www.dawnapproaches.com/ultimatesurvival.ht

    They have an Ultimate Survival collection of 150 books and I thought it was quite interesting. They put all 150 books on a DVD-Rom for $9.99 and I have not only found it cheaper than one standard book alone, but much more resourceful (over 36,000 pages) with many of the ways that have been lost to us through time. If you are interested you should take a look. They also have huge woodworking and homesteading collections.

  8. Kerry

    I have most of the books listed. However, my favorite is "Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family" by Arthur Bradley. This guy did the research and provides simple charts for such basic things as choosing the right battery and planning food storage. Other books tell you what to buy. This book tells you which ones.


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