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

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

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10. Patriots

10 Must Have Survival Books


25 Responses to 10 Must Have Survival Books

  1. Robert Morrison January 20, 2009 at 9:22 pm #

    The US Army Survival Field Manual is available online for free at:
    Because it’s a declassified government document, there are no restrictions on distributing it (copyright or otherwise).

    • anarchyhour April 30, 2009 at 7:27 am #

      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..

  2. Survival Spot January 21, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

    Thanks for your comment Robert, I also have the pdf available for free to download in the downloads section of this websites.

    US Army Survival Manual

    The link is for people who don’t have access to print that many pages (or make a nifty booklet out of it).

    Also thank you Beserker I think I will make another post with your suggestions.

  3. Berserker January 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    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),
    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.

  4. skooter March 24, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    You forgot this one, great book:

    Back to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills

  5. Survivalspot May 1, 2009 at 2:12 am #

    BTW, the US Army Field Manual is available for download here at http://www.survival-spot.com/survival-blog/downlo

  6. GardenSERF May 1, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    Operation SERF currently free and online: http://www.oftwominds.com/opSERF/OP-serf.html Takes place in the not too distant future. Written by an OIF veteran.

  7. TheSurvivalMom June 4, 2009 at 7:22 am #

    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 June 4, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

      #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.

  8. MrsJ August 2, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    In the UK, I'd add "Food for Free" by Richard Mabey.

  9. Will August 5, 2009 at 8:46 am #

    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.

  10. preparednesspro October 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm #

    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

  11. William Barentine January 11, 2010 at 5:38 am #

    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!

  12. william barentine January 26, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    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!

  13. John Brody February 4, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    Good site. Good information for someone new to this survival concept. Currently also looking at http://www.urbansurvivalskills.com
    I guess you would define me as starting to get prepared but hoping to never have to bug out.

  14. Steve Soreno August 24, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    Good Post! Yes we really need books specially for awareness. Global Warming is on of the biggest problem worldwide nowadays so it would be better if we are somewhat aware of what to do. Visit this http://www.globalwarmingsurvivalcenter.com

  15. Jenae Vedovelli October 27, 2010 at 2:42 am #

    Nice info about survival, practicing is indeed the best thing u can do!
    Thanks for the nice article!

  16. Franz December 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Hello! I have some of those books listed above. Great stuff. My I also suggest the newest title to get started with self-reliance: http://www.amazon.com/dp/146641152X
    "Back to basics: how to make it through hard times"
    Take care!

  17. Brad December 4, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    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.

  18. Rivet May 23, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Another good one is "Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency" by John Seymour.

  19. Kerry July 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    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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  21. Tim May 30, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    The Army manual is a must-have and easy to find at surplus stores.

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