This book covers a wide range of topics, from computer viruses to preventing scurvy to escaping a burning building. Information is clear and well organized with high-quality photos. No need to read book from cover to cover; simply find the section that pertains to your situation. Effective at relaying the seriousness of being unprepared should danger strike.
Font is extremely small.
Nester injects humor into his writing. Informative and easy to read. Touches on a number of topics, including how to make your home self-reliant, cooking when the power's out, and even long-term sanitation and hygiene tips. Plenty of photos and diagrams. We love the helpful summary at the end of each chapter.
Book lacks aesthetic appeal.
Full of helpful survival tips and plenty of informative diagrams. Information is presented concisely with clear instructions. Topics range from how to set up camp, dangerous plant identification, and multiple DIY animal traps. Canterbury includes pros and cons, as well as his preference for many of the recommended items in his book.
Lack of photos in tree and plant section makes them harder to identify in real life.
Each of the survival hacks seems realistic and easily attainable by the average person. Many can be done at home just for fun. Stewart includes background about when and how he learned each of the tips and tricks. Many hacks have funny or clever names, making them perfect to share with kids.
Some hacks require preparation and wouldn't be helpful in outdoor emergency situations.
Cobb touches on topics that most survival guides don't, like education and entertainment. His focus isn't just on surviving, but thriving in the face of extreme scenarios. The book prepares you should you lose power for weeks or months. Food growth and storage, defending your home, and how to start a new society are just a few of the topics covered.
Sometimes recommends other books instead of expanding on topic.
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Survival books can range from fun “learn a few tips for a night out in the woods” help guides to full-fledged prepper guide books. Any of these books can be a winner for someone interested in survival skills, but consider a few things before you buy. Some books are really for beginners. They may provide some basic information about first aid, items handy to start a fire, how to build a shelter, or otherwise keep yourself safe in the wilderness. Other handbooks will give you complete step-by-step ideas for what to put in a bug-out bag, how to keep long-term food stores, and where to hide in the event of some kind of disaster scenario. Survival books are fun to read for anyone interested in the outdoors. They can also give serious life-saving advice.
When the Grid Goes Down: Disaster Preparations and Survival Gear for Making Your Home Self-Reliant
by Tony Nester
Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More
by Jim Cobb
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