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I picked up a copy of Les Stroud’s book Survive, and found it to be a very good read, so good in fact I’ve placed it into my keeper library of prepper and survival literature. There are a couple of reasons for it, one of which is that Les doesn’t dwell on the fast paced hype that many ‘survival gurus’ want to push.

This book is divided into 15 chapters, plus author notes and some good checklists in the back. Les starts out with chapter one being on trip planning and preparation. Funny, but a lot of so called experts usually gloss over the basics of trip planning, if they even address it at all. Of course, this just falls into the ADD method for your preparedness and survival planning, so it makes sense to start from the beginning. ADD: Analyze, Develop and Deploy. Works every time provided you follow the concept in full.

Seriously though, trip planning requires more effort than packing a bag and grabbing a map and compass. You have to develop your mindset, accept what you are and make sure others know where you’re going, and when you’ll be back. Preparation is one of the key elements to having a successful plan no matter what you are planning for a project.

The chapters themselves are set to examine separate needs and skills that you should be learning, if you already haven’t done so, to survive any incident that leaves you in a position that most of us would rather not be caught up in. Survival skills are best demonstrated as being the result of proper planning, and each of these chapters need to be gone through as first; separate subjects, and secondly; as an intertwined, comprehensive philosophy. Everything you need to possess by way of knowledge can only be acquired by learning and practicing what you have learned.

I won’t go into a detailed description of each chapter here. I tried, but the piece simply grew into a book of its own discussing each of these points and ideas presented by Les Stroud in this book. Suffice it to say, I paid $19.99 for the book, but you can get it cheaper by shopping around, but no matter what you eventually pay, it’s worth the cost for this extra voice in your planning regimen.

The chapters in this book are;

1;    Trip Planning and Preparation

2;    Survival Kits

3;    Psychological Aspects of Survival

4;    Signaling

5;    Water

6;    Fire

7;    Shelter

8;    Food

9;    Survival Travel and Navigation

10;    Dangers and Hazards

11;    Weather

12;    Clothing

13;    Survival First Aid

14;    Essential Survival Skills

15;    When Disaster Strikes Close to Home

One of the things I like about this volume is the way Stroud looks at an issue from varied viewpoints, such as in chapter 9, where he addresses the issue of traveling in a survival situation. Most writers have one opinion or another, they stick to it, and they fail to examine both sides of that same issue. This chapter looks at the question of “should you stay or go” and looks at the pros and cons of both aspects.

From tips on navigation, fire starting, sheltering and more, I think you’ll find the entire book a worthy read if you are really serious about learning to survive when the crap hits the fan. If you’re into the hype part of surviving the coming times, you won’t be satisfied with it. Les Stroud doesn’t discuss end time scenarios, but real world survival skills.

Les Stroud: Survive

Published by Collins

ISBN: 978-0-06-137351-0

List price $19.99


It’s not often I wholeheartedly suggest inclusion of a specific book title to be a part of your preparedness library, but I have found just such a recommendation in John D. McCann’s Build the Perfect Survival Kit. It’s nearly 200 pages of information, tips hints and pictures of products and kits that will guide you through the tiresome chore of deciding what to put in your emergency survival kits, no matter what size they may be. One of the reasons I don’t recommend that many books is because a large majority of them are merely based upon a cookie cutter formula, and when you by one, you’ve got them all. And unfortunately, many of these books leave out some vital information.

Emergency kits need to be customized to your needs, not some packaging director’s needs in China, or wherever your ultimate store bought survival kit was made up. I haven’t had a bought kit for many, many years, and I don’t believe I’ll ever buy one again, except for demonstration purposes. But some of us have a hard time figuring out how to make one of these kits up.

Mr. McCann takes the mystery and guesswork out of making that decision of what to include, as well as what to carry your kit in. Throughout the book he discusses the pros and cons of many of the products he has personally tested and includes in his own kits. This makes for a great consumer resource as well as a guidebook on kit building itself. I paid $14.99 for my copy at a local chain store, but I know you can get it cheaper by online shopping. Had I know this book was out there I would have bought it that way myself. But even if it wasn’t, I’d still recommend you include this book in your knowledge base library.

The book itself is divided into 4 sections as follows; 1-the basics; 2-the components; 3- the kits; and 4-appendices. Each one of the sections goes into details of the many aspects and components that go into an emergency survival kit. The book is further divided into 15 chapters, each chock full of valuable information. McCann also provides valuable tips on doing things differently, such as using a Reynolds oven bag as a water carrier, and the fact that real parachute cord can be taken apart by removing the inner strands to make a longer cord and more.

In the appendices McCann gives lists for recommended survival kits for the personal all the way up to vehicular kits, and a listing of suppliers for survival supplies as well as a listing of some training resources and reading material.

Build the Perfect Survival kit was definitely worth purchasing, and like I said, I recommend you pick up a copy as well. Click onto the image to find out more about this Krause publication.

Product Type: Soft cover
Page Count: 192
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 9780873499675
Other Features: 150 b&w photos