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Started by Lambykins, July 20, 2021, 09:04:39 AM

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Lambykins

Okay, I have some funds left on my Amazon account. (gotta love those gift cards!)
Want to buy a book...not an e-book, a real, hold in my hands, turn the pages book.
Going to pick one of these...but only one. The others I will get as budget allows, probably within 6 months.
Which one would you get first?
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0735220158/?coliid=I2RWFVKSAB7R6N&colid=2FFC0SMY4NTG&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0143127047/?coliid=IPYAWIHS2BWUD&colid=2FFC0SMY4NTG&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0143124501/?coliid=I6159VLTYSTZD&colid=2FFC0SMY4NTG&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1616080612/?coliid=IWGLX1K4PQIE&colid=2FFC0SMY4NTG&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

I've got a book list that goes on for days, lol. But I want to add to my self reliance library right now.
"But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you." Taken

"There is no such thing as a fair fight. Fight dirty EVERY time. Dirty fighters win, fair fighters lose. Every fight is a fight for your life. Fight to win. Fight dirty." My dad

"Am I dangerous? Ask any of my surviving exes..." Me

Blast

Don't bother with "The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm".
I bought it and was really disappointed. It doesn't actually give you the information you need. It just tells you to build a library showing how to actually do X, Y, & Z because that technology is really useful. Think of it as a starter document to guide your actual learning and future book purchases, not a source of information itself.

I don't know anything about the other three books. Two I found that are good for real-world urban/suburban survival are:
Tom Brown's Field Guide to City and Suburban Survival: https://amzn.to/3zCFmvc
When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes: https://amzn.to/3eXPdUo
-Blast
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Lambykins

Quote from: Blast on July 26, 2021, 11:48:35 AM
Don't bother with "The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm".
I bought it and was really disappointed. It doesn't actually give you the information you need. It just tells you to build a library showing how to actually do X, Y, & Z because that technology is really useful. Think of it as a starter document to guide your actual learning and future book purchases, not a source of information itself.

I don't know anything about the other three books. Two I found that are good for real-world urban/suburban survival are:
Tom Brown's Field Guide to City and Suburban Survival: https://amzn.to/3zCFmvc
When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes: https://amzn.to/3eXPdUo
-Blast
Thanks! Will look at those.

edited to add: Dammit, now I have a bunch more books on my *gotta get* list!
"But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you." Taken

"There is no such thing as a fair fight. Fight dirty EVERY time. Dirty fighters win, fair fighters lose. Every fight is a fight for your life. Fight to win. Fight dirty." My dad

"Am I dangerous? Ask any of my surviving exes..." Me

Ever (Zombiepreparation)

Alas, Babylon , a fictional account of survival after an all out nuclear that decimates the world, was just mentioned to me by another ufozs-er, saying it looks like the 1959 father to ZS Mother Hen's fiction Mom's Journal of the Zombie Years. Her story had a strong impact on my learning to prep for a pandemic. btw- her story can be found off-ZS here

Alas, Babylon looks to be as strong a teaching tool to me. I found it for free at this link he sent me. I just chose one of the links there that pulled it up on my Kindle, but I also found it on Amazon for $6.99+ tax.


EBuff75

Alas, Babylon has been a favorite of mine for many years, after having to read it in middle school English class (I used to have a copy of the video that my friends and I made, acting out the covered bridge ambush scene from the book!).  It's overly-optimistic about surviving a nuclear war, but there are still some good points in it about putting together a group of people and figuring out how to get by. 
 
One thing about my own preps that I'll blame on the book is the amount of .22LR ammo that I have...
Information - it's all a battle for information. You have to know what's happening if you're going to do anything about it. - Tom Clancy, Patriot Games

EBuff75

Lambykins, I'm not sure what sort of book that you're looking for, but I pulled out The Disaster Diaries after you posted about it to refresh my memory (I hadn't read it in 5-6 years).  The short version is that, after becoming a father, the author decides to learn what he'd need to do to survive some type of apocalyptic event (he uses a catastrophic earthquake as the thread to tie the book together) and then goes about learning various skills needed (physical fitness, medical, wilderness survival, weapons, etc.).  It's not a book about how to do those things, but more of a discussion about the sort of skills which would be useful and why. 

The sub-heading for the book title says it all:  "One man's quest to learn everything necessary to survive the apocalypse."
Information - it's all a battle for information. You have to know what's happening if you're going to do anything about it. - Tom Clancy, Patriot Games

Ever (Zombiepreparation)

Quote from: EBuff75 on July 27, 2021, 09:15:30 AMLambykins, I'm not sure what sort of book that you're looking for, but I pulled out The Disaster Diaries after you posted about it to refresh my memory (I hadn't read it in 5-6 years).  The short version is that, after becoming a father, the author decides to learn what he'd need to do to survive some type of apocalyptic event (he uses a catastrophic earthquake as the thread to tie the book together) and then goes about learning various skills needed (physical fitness, medical, wilderness survival, weapons, etc.).  It's not a book about how to do those things, but more of a discussion about the sort of skills which would be useful and why. 

The sub-heading for the book title says it all:  "One man's quest to learn everything necessary to survive the apocalypse."

Howdy again @Lambykins. 😄

I just read @EBuff75 post to you, googled "The Disaster Diaries", downloaded a Kindle sample to see what it reads like and find I to-o-o-otally support his recommendation to ya. LOL

@EBuff75 you're knocking it out of the ballpark. 😎

majorhavoc

Can't tell you what to get first, but Amazon probably owes you a sales commission for that 1st book because I'm going to order a copy. If the cover is any indication,  it'll be a hoot to read if nothing else. Thanks for putting it on my radar.

BTW, this is an excellent thread topic!
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