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

10 Must Have Survival Books

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

10 Must Have Survival Books

3.Camping & Wilderness Survival

10 Must Have Survival Books

4. US Army Survival Guide

10 Must Have Survival Books

5. Country Wisdom & Know-how

10 Must Have Survival Books

6. Tom Browns Guide to Edible & Medicinal Plants

10 Must Have Survival Books

7. Gardening When It Counts

10 Must Have Survival Books

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

10 Must Have Survival Books

9. Earth Abides

10 Must Have Survival Books>

10. Patriots

10 Must Have Survival Books

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    • 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..

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  1. Berserker

    I’d add (or substitute) a couple including:
    Camping and Woodcraft (Kephart),
    Bushcraft, Scouting, and Woodlore Notes (by Dr. RW Oelslager),
    The Sportsman’s Workshop (by Warren H. Miller),
    Woodsmanship (by Bernard Mason),
    Camp Craft (Warren H. Miller),
    The Way of the Woods (by Edward Breck),
    Survival Handbook (by Raymond Mears),
    Woodcraft and Camping (by George “Nessmuk” Sears),
    and
    The SAS Survival Handbook.
    All can be found either in ebook format, reprints, used, or new in the case of the SAS and Mears books.
    PMZ

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  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?

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    • 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.

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  3. Will

    Two others:

    The Encyclopedia of Country Living, by Carla Emery
    and
    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.

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  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

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  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".
    Why?
    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!

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  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!

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  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.

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  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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