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1. One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan
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2. US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76
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3. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival
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4. Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness
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5. The Last American Man
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6. SAS Survival Handbook: How to
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7. 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping
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8. Wilderness Survival
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9. Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who
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10. Wilderness Living
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11. Tom Brown's Field Guide to Nature
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12. The Essential Wilderness Navigator:
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13. Outdoor Survival Skills
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14. The Complete Book of Outdoor Survival
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15. Primitive Wilderness Living &
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16. Shouting at the Sky: Troubled
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17. The National Outdoor Leadership
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19. How to Stay Alive in the Woods
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20. Willy Whitefeather's Outdoor Survival

1. One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey
by Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke
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Asin: 0882405136
Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books
Sales Rank: 161
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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To live in a pristine land ... to roam the wilderness ... to choose a site, cut trees, and build a home ... Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them. Here is a tribute to a man in tune with his surroundings who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the great journals of wilderness living
This is a powerful book and has quite a following. I was given the book by one of my best friends, which I consider a wonderful gift. This book has it all, beautiful photos, Richard's journal notes are amazing in their insight to his thinking and how this adventure unfolded. It is a simply wonderful book, and has people traveling to Alaska just to see the setting for such a balanced book. This book lays claim to new territory, and the claim is valid. No wonder it sells well, it is captivating reading and makes you look hard and close at your own life.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Man's Wilderness
This has to be one of my very favorite books. I have read it front to back at least 7 times! It is written with the true adventurer in mind. Every detail of his experience makes the reader wish it were he/she that was there with him. If you have ever wished you could just go off into the woods, build a cabin and be self-sufficiant, This is the book for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful "Alaskana" read
Sure the writing style isn't polished and there is little action, but I think that is what helps makes this such an enjoyable book. The observations and opinions presented in the closing pages (chapter 9) will cause most any reader to consider their place in their world. There is enough good here for me to add this to my extensive Alaskana library for long term keeping.

4-0 out of 5 stars One Man's Carpentry
The book is entirely journal entries that for the most part describe how the author builds his wilderness cabin and goes about other day-to-day tasks. This is not the book for those seeking accounts of extraordinary Alaskan adventures but it is an impressive account of craftmanship. It is a story of impressive feats of carpentry and resourcefulness. You do get a few descriptions of encounters with wildlife but I didn't find that to be a strength of the book. Great pictures, too.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting details, but slow for me
I like books that contain the kind of real details that this book contains. Properly presented, fact can be more interesting than fiction. The book reads somewhat like a journal. For me, however, it deserves 3 stars because of writing quality, and because it failed to keep me reading past midnight. ... Read more

2. US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76
by Department of Defense
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Catlog: Book (1992-01-01)
Publisher: Apple Pie Publishers
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Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Ok, But...
I like this book and enjoyed reading it. However, I agree with a previous reviewer who recommended Greg Davenport's books (Wilderness Living and Wilderness Survival) in addition to or instead of the US Army Survival Manual. Davenport covers the same material but avoids all the military issues found in this manual.

5-0 out of 5 stars civilian version
The material includes information on Navigation, Health & Hygiene, Hazards, Foods (Vegetables, Wild Plants, Fish and tons of different ways to catch them that actually work; other food from fresh water, reptiles, insects, catching birds, mammals, and more), Find Water, Water from Plants, Survival water still, Fire making, Cooking, Preserving Food in the wild, Climate and Weather, Travel, Shelter, Clothing, Health, Survival at Sea, Poisonous Snakes, signaling for help, and more ...

One very nice treat the version sold here differs from the real surplus military version in that it offers color photos of the plants, and it is very comprehensive. While there are specialty books on edible and poisonous plants that are more complete, the material here is very adequate for inclusion in this manual. All in all, one of the best books on the subject, well rounded and very detailed. I have a library of books on this subject and while one reviewer thought this book had too much info and wanted a simpler book, I would say that if you had it with you in an emergency you would not think so. Keep it in the trunk of your car with your roadside tools, you never know when you might need some help. Oh, and remember this book has been modified for civilian use. The original title of "FM 21-76" was "Survival, Evasion, and Escape" rahter than just "Survival". The portions of the book dealing with evasion and escape have been removed, since it has been deemed by someone that civilians will never need this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome Book
This book is awsome, and although some people dislike the military references (using you gun, hide from the enemy)i thought it was interesting and sometimes a bit humerous. I gave this book 5 stars because it is EXACTLY what a military survival book should be. Now, if it was written SPECIFICALY for civilians i would give a worse score becase of the military reference.

The thing i disliked about this book the most was the lack of information about surviving in what i consider a "normal" envirement. It has the desert, arctic, and tropical, but i want to know how to survive in the wilderness where i live (Northern MN). I was also disappointed with the plants. I know that they were having to cover the whole world pretty much but i would have liked it better to have a few more plant descriptions as only about 4 of the plants listed live were i live. I would also have liked to have a better description of how to prepare the plant (the most tastey way possible with little supplys so that you don't end up spitting it out cause it tastes like ****.

Overall: Great for the military, entertaining and very informative for civilians but doesn't cover living/surviving in the Deciduous and Coniferous forests very well. I wouldn't recomend this to someone who wants information about edible plants as it has very little. For that i would recomend the Peterson Field Guide To Edible Plants (i own it, its very good, but i have trouble making any of the food taste good).

4-0 out of 5 stars Good except for Jungle/Desert Survival
The U.S. Army field manual on Survival is a good basic guide, standard reading for our troops, and unlike some survival manuals, it is fairly well written and organized. I have yet to find a survival enthusiast who didn't have this book or Greg Davenport's Wilderness Survival in their personal library, and that tells you something. One of the bigger drawbacks to the book is its sketchy coverage of jungle and desert survival - for these areas you'll definitely want additional reading on these topics, as there's a lot more information to be had! If you're interested in those environments, Jeff Randall's Adventure Travel in the Third World book is excellent for jungle survival, while Mark Johnson's The Ultimate Desert Handbook is definitely the best desert survival book out there.

4-0 out of 5 stars We all have different ideas
The information in a survival manual that makes it good or bad depends entirely on whether you've read the right one when the need hits. I went through the US Army Survival Training in 1963. The skills learned since then by the military are incorporated into this book. It isn't the be-all-end-all, but anyone who intends to read a single survival manual won't feel cheated by buying this one. ... Read more

3. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
by Joshua Piven, David Borgenicht
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Asin: 0811825558
Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 1730
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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How to Wrestle Free from an Alligator: 4. If its jaws are closed on something you want to remove (for example, a limb), tap or punch it on the snout.

Though it's being marketed as a humorous title--after all, it's unlikely you'll be called upon to land a plane, jump from a motorcycle to a moving car, or win a swordfight--the information contained in The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is all quite sound. Authors Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht consulted numerous experts in their fields (they're cited at the end of the book) to discover how to survive various and sundry awful events. Parachute doesn't open? Your best bet for survival is to hook your arms through the straps of a fellow jumper's chute--and even then you're likely to dislocate both shoulders and break both legs. Car sinking in water? Open the window immediately to equalize pressure, then open the car door and swim to the surface. Buried in an avalanche? Spit on the snow--it will tell you which direction is really up. Then dig as fast as you can.

Each survival skill is explained in simple steps with helpful illustrations. Most stress the need to be prepared--both mentally and physically. For example, to escape from quicksand, you will need to lay a pole on the surface of the quicksand, flop on your back atop the pole, and pull your legs out one by one. No pole? No luck. "When walking in quicksand country, carry a stout pole--it will help you get out should you need to."

Hopefully you'll never need to know how to build a fire without matches, perform a tracheotomy, or treat a bullet wound. But in the words of survival evasion resistance escape instructor "Mountain" Mel Deweese, "You never know." --Sunny Delaney ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Learn to Return
In the words of survivalist Mel "Mountain" Deweese: Learn to Return!

Whether or not you take this book seriously (actually, some parts are downright ridiculous), the spirit of "Worst-Case Scenario" is about how to outlive or remain alive even in the most dire circumstances.

The table of contents says it all:

* How to Escape from Quicksand * How to Break Down a Door * How to Ram a Car * How to Escape from a Sinking Car * How to Fend Off a Shark * How to Escape from a Mountain Lion * How to Deal with a Charging Bull * How to Win a Sword Fight * How to Escape from Killer Bees * How to Jump from a Moving Car * How to Leap from a Motorcycle to a Car * How to Perform a Tracheotomy * How to Identify a Bomb * How to Deliver a Baby in a Taxicab * How to Treat a Bullet or Knife Wound * How to Land a Plane * How to Survive if your Parachute Fails to Open * How to Survive When Lost in the Mountains

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5-0 out of 5 stars James Bondian Skills
Wow, what a book. Contains all kinds of cool stuff I've always wanted to know. Heres a partial list of whats in the book:-How to jump from a bridge into a lake or river.-How to jump from a multi-story rooftop into a dumpster.-How to run on top of a speeding train.-How to leap from a motorcycle into moving car.-How to deliver a baby in a taxi cab.-How to land an airplane.-How to survive if your parachute fails to open.-How to survive machine gun fire from a passing car.-How to get to the surface if your scuba tank runs out of air.-How to escape quicksand (even if your up to your neck).-How to ram a car.-How to break down a door (exactly where to kick.)-How to break into and hotwire a car.-How to do a 180 degree turn with your car (also known as a bootleggers turn).-How to fight sharks, grizzly bears and mountian lions without any kind of weapons. -How to beat the living hell out of an attacking alligator (where to hit him that will stop him instantly).This is dead serious material. I have no idea why it would be in the humor section of the bookstore. Buy it, learn the material, weave some fantastic tales for the grand kids and become the family legend. I enjoyed this book so much I bought 3 copies for my 'very tough' beer drinking buddies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kill two birds with one stone!
Turn otherwise wasted down-time into a great learning opportunity. Although there is no specific advice for how to kill two birds with one stone in the book, our bathroom guests have enjoyed learning about other survival situations while attending to their duties.

A sturdy cover and compact size makes this book especially suited to a harsh bathroom environment. Highly recommended!

3-0 out of 5 stars Instructions on day to day life, well maybe not day to ....
This handbook gives the reader instructions on aspects of everyday life from how to deal with a snake bite to how to jump from a motorcycle into a moving car (something most people do quite frequently). How to hot wire a car or kick in a door is a must for any want to be criminal. Some of the things in here you're not real likely to use but it is interesting to read up on how they are done.

Lot of things you're more likely to be taught the correct way when partaking in the activity itself by actual instructors such as what to do if your air tank doesn't work while scuba diving both for people never likely to partake in some of the activites in this book who may be interested in what if questions then this book can suffice. It is pretty unlikely you are going to whip this little book out of your pocket as you are plummeting to earth when your parachute doesn't open and things like that but this book is an interesting read on what the ideal thing to do is.

A better book is the later version of this by one of the same authors of this book called The Action Hero's Handbook which also includes a lot of humour and acts as if the reader wants to be an action star in movies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Danger is my business, and business is good
In my line of work, you have to know how to survive. From fending off sharks, escaping from killer bees, treating bullet wounds, to surviving poisonous snakes, danger is my business, and business is good.

In The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht describe step-by-step instructions with pictures on dealing with the situations above, and many more.

This 176 page book is broken up into five chapters, each dealing with situations of a particular vein. The first chapter, Great Escapes and Entrances, includes escaping from quicksand, breaking down doors, ramming cars, and escaping from sinking cars. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have to do that...

Chapter two titled The Best Defense gives tips on dealing with bears, mountain lions, charging bulls, how best to take a punch and winning a sword fight. I once had to deal with a bear armed with a saber, so this chapter was especially handy, as I got to combine two skills into one.

Chapter three discusses Leaps of Faith, or how to jump from things, onto things, and into things without hurting yourself. Ever see those movies where one person is chasing another on top of a speeding train? Now you can learn how to jump from train car to train car without completely destroying yourself because you fell between the cars and got caught under the ouchy wheels.

I found chapter four, titled Emergencies, to be quite useful as I now know how to perform a tracheotomy. Forget that foolish Heimlich maneuver stuff..."Sir, are you choking?" Also learn how to use that cool hospital machine with the paddles that people always yell "Clear!" and then slap them on some unconscious person.

The last chapter deals with Adventure Survival. What would you do if the pilot of the plane you were traveling in suddenly collapsed? Well, with the help of this book, you can land that baby in confidence. Parachute won't open? No problem...lost in the desert? Got you covered...

Even though I make a lot of jokes, all the techniques listed within these pages are culled from expert sources in the various fields. There is even a forward written by "Mountain" Mel Deweese, a Survival Evasion Resistance Escape instructor. (I love to take a peek at his resume') All in all, a fun, quick, informative read that may give you the tools to save yourself from a dangerous situation someday. ... Read more

4. Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival (Survival School Handbooks / Tom Brown, Jr)
by Tom Brown
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Asin: 0425105725
Catlog: Book (1989-04-01)
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Sales Rank: 15548
Average Customer Review: 4.13 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Good stories, meager knowledge
Tom Brown is a charismatic, inspiring story of the best. But if you are interested in learning these skills, you'd be much better off with McPherson's "Naked into the Wilderness" or "Bushcraft" by Mors Kochanski or Larry Dean Olsen's "Outdoor Survival Skills". For hide tanning (brain tanning) check out "Deerskins into Buckskins" by Matt Richards, tracking try "Mammal Tracking in North America" by James Halfpenny. Just about any edible plant guide will out do this book.

Tom has inspired more people's interest in wilderness living/survival, and for that he deserves kudos. His most inspirational reading is "The Tracker". Get it and it will change your life. But if you want to actually learn the skills, you're better off elsewhere.

3-0 out of 5 stars Survival situation?
This book is what it claims to be, i.e., a wilderness survival book. It teaches basic survival techniques such as locating water, building a fire and shelter, and "living off the land."

What this book is NOT is a book for nature lovers. Personally, I don't want to know 100 different gruesome ways to trap an animal, or how to build a thatch hut that will last 6 months, or how to make hide clothing accessories...all this in my, possibly, 1-2 day "survival situation"!?! Honestly, how many people get lost in the woods each year? Can't be that many (or for too long). I feel like Tom and his tracker school disciples DON'T WANT to be found, should they get lost. They want as much time as possible to test their perfectly honed survival skills, hopefully getting ample chance to eat leaves, bark, insects and trapped animals, not to mention building grass huts and stuffing their clothes with leaves. His book could have been called "Learn How to Treat the Wilderness as if it Were One Big Supermarket." Or "Nature Jocks."

Common sense is a far better survival tool than all the pages in this book: be prepared for the worst if you are going deep into the wilderness (but how many people actually do this) and learn a few basic survival techniques from a Boy Scout Guidebook. Better yet, don't treat Nature as your playground. Just take a walk in the woods, listening, watching, enjoying. Don't stop to identify each plant you could eat, or what animal track you passing over. Just breath in what Mother Nature has to offer. Leave your enormous buck knife and ample cordage at home.

The tracker school mentality is more about using nature's woods and dales as a place to roll around in the mud, practice kendo and make silly tools and living shelters. Just take a damn walk. Why complicate things?

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This book is great. It is met to be a teaching guide, get it and do the exercises that are in the book and you will learn a lot. This book is loaded with information, I recommend all his books, get Tom Brown' Field Guide to Nature Observation with this one too.

5-0 out of 5 stars A unique experience
I have read most of Tom's books, some of them repeatedly, and attended two of his survival classes. My experience says that Tom is an unusual person, who writes unusual books, based on his unusual life. Tom told us in one class that he estimates that from the time he met Stalking Wolf up through high school age, he spent an average of 40 hours a week in the woods. In his classes and books he attempts to teach not only specific skills but also a way of life, attitudes, and as much as he can of actual experience rather than descriptions ABOUT experiences. This is a tall order for any teacher.

This book is about skills which Tom has used to live year round and in all sorts of weather from Canada to Death Valley, wilderness to the heart of New York City. They do work. However, keep in mind that it is impossible to teach skills - actual experience - through a book. And keep in mind that Tom was taught, and teaches himself, in a manner which expects the student to question, investigate, experiment, discover, and learn on h/is/er own. He would consider anything else a cheap way of cheating the student. If you can approach the contents of this book, and his others, in this spirit, you will have enough here to learn from for many years.

3-0 out of 5 stars why only 3 stars
I've read all the reviews and I have to add something. While this book has alot of useful information, it doesn't contain every trap method, shelter, edible plants, etc,etc. Tom Brown's style of writing is more of a story telling. To some, this makes the book more interesting but not to everyone. All the stories take up alot of space and is very inefficient way of learning survival skills, much to the point that alot of things are left out and never discussed. This doesn't mean this book is uninformative but it's far from complete. ... Read more

5. The Last American Man
by Elizabeth Gilbert
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Asin: 0670030864
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Viking Books
Sales Rank: 104674
Average Customer Review: 3.68 out of 5 stars
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In The Last American Man, acclaimed journalist and fiction writer Elizabeth Gilbert offers a fresh cultural examination of contemporary American male identity and the uniquely American desire to return to the wilderness.

Gilbert explores what pushed men to settle the frontier West in the nineteenth century and delves into the history of American utopian communities. But her primary focus is on the fascinating true story of Eustace Conway, who left his comfortable suburban home at the age of seventeen to move into the Appalachian Mountains, where for the last twenty years he has lived off the land.

Conway's romantic character challenges all our assumptions about what it means to be a man today; he is a symbol of much that we feel our men should be, but rarely are. From his example, Gilbert delivers an intriguing exploration into the meaning of American manhood and-from the point of view of a woman-refracts masculine American identity in all its conflicting elements. Like Jon Krakauer's national bestseller Into the Wild, this book will find an enthusiastic audience among women, readers of American history, and those interested in nature and the wild.
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5-0 out of 5 stars You have to read this!
I first read of Eustace Conway in the newspaper. I went to visit his Turtle Island Preserve in Boone, NC. I bought The Last American man and went to the author book signing at Malaprop's in Asheville and met Eustace for the second time.
I have read this book twice and think Gilbert has done an amazing job. The writing is sharp and witty and sensitive. I read pages aloud to my family on a recent vacation (the mule story) and they roared with laughter vowing to read the book.
Anyone interested in Thoreau or John Muir or Everett Ruess...if you care about the planet, living simply, really following your heart--You MUST read this wonderful book. It is so inspiring because it is true. Eustace Conway is a great example to humanity for his courage to live with integrity but Gilbert also shows his human failings and mirrors everyone's challenges in wishing to find true love. Read it and let it motivate you to live more fully.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read, read, read this book!
I can't say enough good things about this book. (& yes, I accidentally put my review in for the audio cd!) A fascinating and complex subject handled with the perfect amount of admiration, objective analysis and humor. Eustace Conway's fervent attempt to lead Americans back to nature by setting an example - even if he tends to be so busy promoting that lifestyle that he doesn't always get to live it! - makes for a compelling read. I respect and admire not only his passion for what he believes in, as well as allowing so much of his character - good and difficult - to be made accessible to Elizabeth Gilbert. You might not be moved to go live out in the woods ala Conway, but this book will make you stop, think and evaluate your life. (Now if only he could sort out that whole girl thang...!!!)

Just a side comment on someone else's review: Narcissistic, ok, but I definitely didn't get that he self-medicated with alcohol. As a matter of fact, Elizabeth says he should loosen up a bit more. And yes, he had his Dad lend him the money to buy the land before it was too late, but nearly killed himself working to pay it back in record time.

As for Ms. Gilbert, I was so impressed that, midway through reading this, I purchased her novel "Stern Men" and look forward to reading her future work. I also hope she writes the follow-up in 20, 30 years or so! I could go on and on but I'll shut up and say, thank you Elizabeth, thank you Eustace for a gripping, inspiring story so well written.

5-0 out of 5 stars A modern-day Daniel Boone. . .
This is one of those books that stir up strong opinions and heated controversy. Eustace Conway, the back-to-nature mountain man of the title, is someone you can see as a living American myth or a nut case. The author's portrait of him, full of ironies right from the title onward, lends itself to either point of view. And depending on how the book is read, you can see either admiration or skepticism in what she says about Conway.

Or you can see subject and author in all of these ways which, as I understand the book, is what the author intends. Eustace Conway is full of contradictions. He's both immensely appealing and stridently off-putting. A rigorous thinker, naturalist, and walking whole-earth-catalog, he is still a babe in the woods in knowing how to negotiate just about any kind of relationship with another human being - including the many, many young women he attracts. By the author's account, few men so lucky in bed have been so unlucky in love.

For every amateur psychologist the author provides more than enough back-story to puzzle over Conway's behavior. There's a tyrant father who heaps withering scorn on his son, starting at the age of two. And there's his great-outdoors-loving mother, who rescues him from his father by encouraging his unsupervised forays into the woods. By the time he is out of high school, he's already living in a teepee, beading his own moccasins, killing game for food, skinning animals, and hiking the entire Appalachian Trail wearing nothing more than two bandanas, weather permitting.

Meanwhile, his epic journeys on foot and on horseback and his pioneering in the North Carolina backcountry are mythic Americana. While our first reaction to all this may be admiration, Gilbert writes in a wisecracking tone that heightens the ironies and more than once made me laugh out loud. And she reminds us that if there's anyone to fault, it's not Conway but the gullibly romantic Americans who believe literally in their own national mythology and heroes. Looking back to Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, for instance, she reveals that they were in fact no different. Like Conway, they were supporters of the myths and legends that grew up around them and good old-fashioned American entrepreneurs and self-promoters.

Anyway, there's much to enjoy in this book. And it's full of surprises - right up to the last pages, as Gilbert tells a poignant story of how Conway touched the life of a troubled teenager who spent a week with him in the woods building a fence. And the author's closing image captures the spirit of the entire book - Conway getting out of his truck and shouting, "I love you!" at a buck deer that refuses to move off the road. The image is moving, ridiculous, or both; take your pick.

1-0 out of 5 stars Broken
Read within these pages the effects of extreme mental and emotional abuse upon a child and the way it plays out as an adult. Eustace is a broken human. His unfortunate treatment at the hands of his father seriously crippled him. People who have suffered like Eustace are often over-achieving, perfectionists; unable to maintain relations with others; either oblivious to the needs of others or slavishly catering to the whims of others and they almost always come to closley resemble the abuser.

Big Eustace was a denizen of the office and the classroom- liked to write out long equations and ramble on to hear the sound of his own voice, so little Eustace subcociously chose a path 180 degrees away from father and becomes a creature of the forest but ended up rambling in his classroom just the same, just a different subject.
To me this was an eminently sad tale of a boy going to any length for father's notice and approval. Neither of which came at least by the conclusion of this book.
Eutace-walk away.

1-0 out of 5 stars awful
It's too bad that Eustace Conway's story had to be told by Elizabeth Gilbert. She's totally immature as a writer, and she doesn't know how to maintain any sort of distance from her subject. Last American Man reads like you'd expect it would, coming from a city gal who has a little romp in the woods with an outdoorsman. She is completely clueless. She retells Eustace's stories without skepticism. She quotes liberally from the work of Richard Slotkin, a hip scholar -- perhaps to bring some heft to this otherwise lightweight work. I travelled to Boone, N.C., shortly after the book came out and talked to folks who knew Eustace, had him in a class, etc. They thought the book was a laughable piece of trash, too -- a not-very-accurate picture of the man, and certainly not an accurate picture of that corner of Appalachia. Don't waste your time. (I notice that most of the reviewers here focus more on whether they like Eustace as a person, and not whether the book is any good. Which it's not.) ... Read more

6. SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the Wild, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea
by John 'Lofty' Wiseman
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Asin: 0060578793
Catlog: Book (2004-03)
Publisher: HarperResource
Sales Rank: 7665
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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The SAS Survival Handbook is the Special Air Service's complete course in being prepared for any type of emergency. John 'Lofty' Wiseman presents real strategies for surviving in any type of situation, from accidents and escape procedures, including chemical and nuclear to successfully adapting to various climates (polar, tropical, desert), to identifying edible plants and creating fire. The book is extremely practical and is illustrated throughout with easy-to-understand line art and diagrams.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Complete and Understandable
This is truly an important book for everyone to read at least once in their life. Given, most people will never end up in a situation where skills described in the SAS Survival Book will be required, but don't be cocky...learn the skills from this book and rest easy knowing that you have the background knowledge to make it in the outdoors without modern conveniences. This book covers it all -forest, desert, ocean, island, artic/arctic, mountain, tropical, temperate- you name it, this book will get through the hard times with no problem. This book HAS saved lives in the past, but many have also died in unexpected situations where the knowledge found in these pages could have saved them. I don't think anyone wants to end up classified in the latter. Get the SAS Survival Guide and read up. Someday you may look back at purchasing this book and realize it was the most important decision you ever made in your life!

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book!!! .
I couldn't put it down. This book is filled with all sorts of useful information. This is a must have for anyone. What i liked best about it was it had alot of information you could actually use, most survival books have situations your average joe will never find himself in. Not the case with this one. The first aid chapter alone is worth the price if the whole book. I highly reccomend it to anyone interested.

1-0 out of 5 stars Hmmm, So This is the SAS, Sorry All Wrong!
This book is awful, to assume the British SAS operate and work in this manner is complete rubbish, and a further insult to my experience, to use the title "SAS" I find insulting. This book is junk.

I would not recommend this book, absolute rubbish (trash), junk and totally inaccurate, so the SAS operate like this?? Hmmmm, I think not!!


3-0 out of 5 stars OK for general use, with a few glaring problems
It may be impossible to write a survival book that is accurate and authoritative on all environments and all areas of the world, and this is something to keep in mind when purchasing a general survival book like the SAS Survival Handbook. For the most part, it's quite good and gives excellent information on outdoors survival in most temperate climates. HOWEVER, one place the book does fall down is in areas like jungle and desert survival. There is little specialized information for those environments, ESPECIALLY important topics like navigation, first aid, water collection, and animal/plant information, and what there is can be dangerously vague. For those interested in jungle or desert survival I would definitely recommend other specialized books like Adventure Travel in the Third World by Jeff Randall or The Ultimate Desert Handbook by Mark Johnson, which do a much, much better job at covering those environments.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
I think this is an awesome book but the one thing i would change is the illustrations of the snares because I found them alittle hard to understand but other then that it's a great book. I highly recommened it. ... Read more

7. 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive
by Cody Lundin, Russ Miller
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$14.95 gatefold paper * 1-58685-234-5 * May

6 x 9 in, 192 pp, 70 Line Drawings, 16 Color Photo Pages

Rights: W, Survival/Nature

"If you breathe and have a pulse, you NEED this book."

-Cody Lundin

Cody Lundin, director of the Aboriginal Living Skills School in Prescott, Arizona, shares his own brand of wilderness wisdom in this highly anticipated new book on commonsense, modern survival skills for the backcountry, the backyard, or the highway. It is the ultimate book on how to stay alive-based on the principal of keeping the body's core temperature at a lively 98.6 degrees. In his entertaining and informative style, Cody stresses that a human can live without food for weeks, and without water for about three days or so. But if the body's core temperature dips much below or above the 98.6 degree mark, a person can literally die within hours. It is a concept that many don't take seriously or even consider, but knowing what to do to maintain a safe core temperature when lost in a blizzard or in the desert could save your life. Lundin delivers the message with wit, rebellious humor, and plenty of backcountry expertise.

Cody Lundin and his Aboriginal Living Skills School have been featured in dozens of national and international media sources, including Dateline NBC, CBS News, USA Today, The Donny and Marie Show, and CBC Radio One in Canada, as well as on the cover of Backpacker magazine. When not teaching for his own school, he is an adjunct faculty member at Yavapai College and a faculty member at the Ecosa Institute. Cody is the only person in Arizona licensed to catch fish with his hands, and lives in a passive solar earth home sixty miles from Prescott, Arizona. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Give this book to someone you love
I just got back from spending some time with Cody and others out in Arizona at a primative skills gathering and picked up his book there. I attended a class he taught and my wife attended two others. I read his book on the way back home and found it to be a refreshing presentation on a age old problem, survival. Now I am picking out what things must stay in my survival kit and what must go. Living in the middle of the country it is hard to not pick up at least some of the items at "the evil Store" luckily I still wear shoes so they don't stop me at the door. Party On Cody

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible book
This book was a complete waste of my money. Way too much philosophy and theory on why/how the body gets hypothermic and so on with hardly any skills on how to survive. The author's ego was a little too much at times as well. Can't believe he rattled on for hundreds of pages to the point of utter redundancy. Not to mention the sexist drawings of buxom women which were offensive. Ridiculous book!

5-0 out of 5 stars 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive
There are hundreds of survival books out there. HEY - Buy them all but read this one 1st. Its Fun loving , but no nonsense approach to that first 78 hour of a crisis is great. As a outdoor skills trainer and all around outdoor knock about , I'm going to steal a lot of the advice in this book. Well it won't be stealing cuz I know it all anyway. Get this Book!!!!!!!
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2-0 out of 5 stars 98.6 serves up lukewarm
I had high hopes for this book but was very dismayed after reading it. Despite the author's attempt at over-the-top humor and cute buzzwords, much of the information seems derivative like it was cut and pasted from other survival books I've read before. Having worked as a lead instructor for many years for NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), I was rather disappointed to see another book that will fill the reader with bad information. I would recommend Davenport's books on survival or any by Ray Mears- both of whom have real-life experience with the skills they write about.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, everything in a book.
Great to have all this information contained in a book one can refer back to, rather than scattered notes and handouts. Highly recommended by many survival experts, both "primitive" and modern philosophies. ... Read more

8. Wilderness Survival
by Gregory J. Davenport
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15 b/w photos 100 drawings 5 x 8Authoritative information presented by a certified USAF Survival School instructorConcise explanations and illustrations of the five critical survival elementsOrganized and indexed for easy reference Anyone who has hiked the wrong path into the woods can appreciate the importance of making the best of a bad situation. In this easy-to-use guide, USAF instructor Greg Davenport explains, in clearly written text and detailed diagrams, the most efficient ways to ensure personal safety in the wild. Creating shelter and heat, procuring food and water, and navigating unfamiliar territory are just a few of the survival basics Davenport examines as he describes the most efficient ways to maintain health and well-being in an unfamiliar environment. Greg Davenport was an instructor at the USAF Survival School and has trained aircrew members, other survival instructors and international military personnel. He has been featured by 48 Hours and the BBC for his role as a survival instructor during the Gulf War.15 b/w photos100 drawings ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Davenport's book is an outstanding educational tool!
Greg Davenport's simple approach to Wilderness Survival is the key to this user friendly educational text.

Greg posts on several of the wilderness survival forums. Through his book and posts I have come to understand his unique approach to wilderness survival. He believes that it is based on ones ability to do three things:

1. Stop and recognize the situation for what it is.
2. Identify your "five survival essentials" and prioritize them, in order of importance, for the environment that you are in.
3. Improvise to meet your needs using both your manmade and natural resources.

His book covers this process. It explains in step by step format how to meet your "five survival essentials" in every global environment. Davenport believes that these essentials are constant and the only thing that changes (from one climate to another) is the order and method in which they are met. These "five survival essentials" are:

1. Personal Protection (clothing, shelter, fire)
2. Signaling (manmade and improvised)
3. Sustenance (water and food ID, procurement, and preparation)
4. Travel (with and without a map and compass)
5. Health (psychological stress, traumatic and environmental injuries).

Davenport covers this information and more in his book (preview the table of contents). If you travel outdoors and are interested in learning about wilderness survival buy this book! You will not be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally a book that focuses on wilderness survival
Wilderness survival and wilderness living are not the same thing!!!

Like the previous reviewers - I have read most of the survival books on the market and I agree that this is hands down the best one out there. It covers all aspects of survival:

1. personal protection (clothing, shelter, fire)
2. signaling
3. sustenance (water and food)
4. travel (using a map and compass)
5. health (psychological stress, traumatic and environmental injuries)

I agree with a previous post -- its navigation chapter is the best I have seen and has really helped me master this skill. In addition, Greg Davenport's medical experience is apparent - his health section is by far the best I have seen in a book related to wilderness survival...

In a time when most survival books are actually about living in the wilderness ... it is good to find a book that focused on teaching the skills needed for those who play and work in the wilderness... I look forward to reading Mr. Davenport's newest book -- Wilderness Living -- which does focus on wilderness living skills.

5-0 out of 5 stars Useful and informative
I've read many wilderness outdoors and survival books for different country (mountain, forest, desert), and Wilderness Survival is one of my all-time favorites, along with Mountaineering The Freedom of the Hills by Don Graydon and The Ultimate Desert Handbook by Mark Johnson (both of which I also highly recommend).

5-0 out of 5 stars Clear and Concise
I am very impressed with Davenport's book. It covers the essentials (he lists five) of survival without adding a bunch of stuff you don't need to know. I carry it in my backpack as a reference. Mr. Davenport has also written an excellent book on primitive survival skills called "Wilderness Living" and has a series of books out under the series title "Greg Davenport's Books for the Wilderness."

I like his clear and concise writing style and his basic approach to survival in the various global climates. I urge all those who explore the wilderness to pick up his books. All of them.

4-0 out of 5 stars excellent for its size
Thie Wilderness Survival book put out by Davenport is a great book. The SAS Survival Guide is more exhaustive, but this concise book has all the essentials for survival, plus I trust the author, since he trained people to survive for a living. I have alot of respect for SERE instructors and all they do to help train our military for the worst case scenarios.

I would recommend this book as a first book on wilderness survival, to anyone in the military, boy scouts, or anyone who is a member of one of those militias who own property in Montana. ... Read more

9. Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
by Laurence Gonzales
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The author delves into the science, psychology, and art of wilderness survival. His analysis is riveting, his conclusions startling.

After her plane crashes, a seventeen-year-old girl spends eleven days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better-equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

Examining such stories of miraculous endurance and tragic death—how people get into trouble and how they get out again (or not)—Deep Survival takes us from the tops of snowy mountains and the depths of oceans to the workings of the brain that control our behavior. Through close analysis of case studies, Laurence Gonzales describes the essence of a survivor and offers twelve "Rules of Survival." In the end, he finds, it's what's in your heart, not what's in your pack, that separates the living from the dead. Fascinating for any reader, and absolutely essential for anyone who takes a hike in the woods, this book will change the way we understand ourselves and the great outdoors. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Restates The Obvious..
After reading many glowing reviews of this book by self-proclaimed survival experts and others, I was looking forward to my copy. Unfortunately, I don't think this book brings anything new or astounding to the survival literature genre.

Many critics have painstakingly noted that Deep Survival does not deal with the mechanics of 'how to' survive, but rather the psychological mindset of how successful survivors dealt with their situation - it's almost as if they believe this element hasn't been dealt with by others (nonsense, of course). Indeed, many people celebrating this book seem to ridicule the idea of actually acquiring survival skills or planning for unforseen situations, as Deep Survival doesn't focus on this aspect. Despite this, some of the book's own survival stories, such as Steve Callahan's lifeboat ordeal, pay testament to the importance of someone who not possessed the correct mental attitude, but ALSO pre-acquired survival knowledge such as knowledge of edible fish and improvised sea navigation AND carried emergency equipment (three solar stills) that proved to be instrumental in his survival.

In a nutshell, the book takes 300 pages to deliver what should be three very self-evident messages: Don't bite off more than you can chew, know when it's time to quit, and don't be afraid to call for help when you're in trouble. I think most mature people can understand and practice that advice. But if you're the type of person that needs repeated examples of survival stories for this to sink in, then you need this book. Otherwise, forget it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful
Those who are focusing on whether or not Gonzales is actually instructing you on how to survive in the wild are completely missing the point of Deep Survival. As a totally urban chick who'd rather die than hike, I bought the book not because I wanted to learn about mountaineering, but to investigate why I've survived a blood disorder that has killed others. And thanks to this book, I've gotten my answer. Gonzales beautifully explains and explores the paradox that must be absorbed completely if one is to live through a catastrophe--which is that to survive something, you must surrender to it, basically fall into it, accepting all the pain and suffering, if you're ever going to get out of it. When you're able to quickly adapt to a new reality and make this new place--however frightening--your new home, you've a much better chance of surviving than the person who's in denial. For one thing, your sense of spirituality and wonder deepens, and this is a tremendous life force in and of itself. It helps you enjoy where you ARE, instead of frantically trying to get to where you think you should be. This is simply a great life lesson, whether you're lost in the woods, or just trying to live a happier existence.

He explains the paradox so well--that in order to survive, one must surrender, yet at the same time not give in. There must be a sheer raw determination to win the game, yet an acceptance of possibly losing it as well, which paradoxically, gives you an edge. And if you can muster a playful spirit on top of it all, well--then you're just golden. A *great* read.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Important Book You Will Ever Read
As a person who spent 23 years in the military and many days in dangerous environments, I have to say, you must read this book slowly and memorize the lessons. Whether you are a city person or a country person, this book contains information you may need in an instant. This book explains many of the lessons I learned thought the great college of hard knocks. Had I read this book I would have been so much better prepared to face the many of the challenges I have survived. I made many decisions that lead to my survival. This book would have made that easier. Many times I was in for more danger than I understood. This book would have made my life safer. It will make your life safer. The first chapters are difficult. The end is exciting. The whole book is essential both to your knowledge and your library. Buy it here now.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was very excited when I first started reading this book because the concept is so promising. I was expecting story after story of outdoor adventures gone bad along with an analysis of why the people did (or didn't) survive. Whatever this book is, it definitely isn't that.

I gave up on this book after four chapters, so maybe it gets better later on, but the parts I read were very haphazardly put together. Accounts from real life survival stories are intermixed with the author's philosophy on survival physiology. In addition, the author often makes back references to small facts from earlier scenarios, which is very disrupting to the rhythm of the story.

I would recommend reading the annual "Accidents in North American Mountaineering" series instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars Survival skills for the wilderness and life.
Deep Survival Review

Last year my family visited the west (Sedona, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Lake Powel). Upon arrival at Bryce I walked from the lodge to the canyon. Despite warning signs and the fact that I had all the information I needed right before my eyes if it had not been for a lady sitting on a bench at the edge of the canyon I warning me I would have walked right off the edge of the canyon and fallen surely to my death. I was about thee inches from the edge when she spoke to me and I 'perceived' that I was about three inches from the edge and the next step would be my last.

I thought a lot about that experience as I read Deep Survival. The author's discussions about perception of danger and the lack of it leading to deep trouble in the wilderness, on you home street or in business was invaluable. This is a wonderful thought provoking book. It caused me to think back over several trips into the wilderness I have taken and I now view them quite differently. It will also affect future explorations. This book kind of reminds me to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

My recommendation: Get this book. I originally read a library copy but I have ordered my own copy so I can mark it up and highlight important passages. If you love the adventure of life get this book so adventure does not turn into tragedy. ... Read more

10. Wilderness Living
by Gregory J. Davenport
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4-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book
I learned A LOT from his books, they offered a tremendous wealth of information for any wilderness enthusiast. It teaches you how to skin a deer, preserve the meat, build a shelter, start fires, and much more.

However, the book could have added more depth. They only covered certain chapters with a page and barely discussed certain topics.

4-0 out of 5 stars Modern urban life caused us to forget
Davenport will give you practical information for a goal you probably ought to be dreaming to achieve. Buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Greg Davenport has been there and done it. A former U.S. Air Force SERE instructor, Davenport has practiced what he preaches. If you're looking for a book that tells you how to survive and flourish in the wilderness, read this one. Though not the most hyped, Davenport is one of the best survival instructors out there. This is the "Simple and Direct" version of living in the wilderness.

5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable prefatory reading for any nature enthusiast
Gregory Davenport's Wilderness Living is a fascinating and informative guide that looks beyond merely surviving in the wilderness and envisions the art of living with nature in the long term. Among the many skills taught in detail are hunting and trapping techniques, meat preservation, improvising clothing, finding water, designing shelter, and making tools and baskets. The black-and-white illustrations clearly depict the braiding, trap-building, knot-tying and many other abilities described. Wilderness Living is indispensable prefatory reading for any nature enthusiast who wants to learn how to live on their own, away from the comforts and conveniences that saturate modern civilization! ... Read more

11. Tom Brown's Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children
by Tom Brown, Judy Brown, Heather Bolyn, Trip Becker
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Catlog: Book (1989-02-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Unique and inspiring
This book can be useful to people of any religion. As a Christian, I was not offended, although I agree that the author definitely does not share my spiritual beliefs. We can all benefit from connecting to nature and developing a greater level of understanding/awareness/respect of the beauty that surrounds us... especially as children. Do not pass by this wonderful book because of a religious bias. Remove the wheat from the chaff, absorb the good information and ignore the rest.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not for Christians
You'll probably love the book if you are not an evangelical or charasmatic Christian. For those of us that are conservative Christians, however, it's too bad that Brown just can't help but include such gems as "peace, love, joy and a higher purpose...can only be found within ourselves" (They're a gift of the Holy Spirit and absolutely cannot be found within ourselves.) and "Refer frequently to water as earth mother's blood." ("Earth mother" is a diety worshipped by various cults.) That's just two that I found right now. When we first opened this book, it seemed there was something on every other page that was in contradiction to the Bible. Basically, Brown worships the creation rather than the Creator.

5-0 out of 5 stars I like it
I present Stone Age technology in school programs. I find Brown's information quite useful.

4-0 out of 5 stars You, and your kids, can learn to pay attention to nature.
An excellent resource for parents, teachers, etc. I even found many of the suggestions useful for myself and other adult friends. I used many of the exercises with 3rd through 6th graders as a Girl Scout leader.

Be surprised at how little of the natural world you appreciate on a daily basis. Learn to really see and hear.

Also good for general awareness building and personal security issues for kids in urban environments. A good read.

5-0 out of 5 stars hope-inspiring
finally, a good reason to have kids. this is everything y'd expect from tom brown, excellent.. ... Read more

12. The Essential Wilderness Navigator: How to Find Your Way in the Great Outdoors, Second Edition
by DavidSeidman, PaulCleveland
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Catlog: Book (2000-12-28)
Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Now with full-color topographic maps and featuring the latest on electronic navigation, The Essential Wilderness Navigator is the clearest and most up-to-date route-finding primer available. Providing readers with exercises for developing a directional ‘sixth sense,’ tips on mastering the art of map- and compass-reading, and comprehensive updates on a range of technological advances, this perennially popular guide is more indispensable than ever. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The best resource for beginning or experienced pathfinders
This book is the best resource on land navigation i've seen. I use it regularly in teaching land navigation in conjunction with search and rescue to area fire departments. The author makes the hard-to-explain easy to understand for beginners and experts alike. ... Read more

13. Outdoor Survival Skills
by Larry Dean Olsen
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Primitive Living Book
I was very impressed when I read this book. It has great sections on fire, water, shelter, etc. On the other hand, this is not a book for those people who are on the go unless they have mastered the art of survival to the point where they already know how to efficiently gather food and water. On the other hand, if someone does not have the intention of going anywhere and is just waiting to be found, I would be surprised if there was a better book on the market, as this lacks a section on navigation. Also, do not expect to go out in the woods and be able to do everything in this book on the first try, because no book can tell you how to do that. Experience must teach that.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not very useful!
This book really isn't very useful, especially for anyone living outside the southwestern desert. Mr. Olsen wrote the outdoor survival merit badge requirements for the boy scouts, and this is indicative of how the book reads. Most of the information is nice to know and even interesting at times, but it gets silly at points and is more historical in nature than anything. This book might be a good read for those interested in how people survived off the land in the distant past, but offers nothing in terms of modern survival skills. I believe that anyone interested in actually surviving in the wilderness would be better off looking elsewhere. I was disappointed.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not a "survive until rescued" book
This book is meant for the survival enthusiest. I.e. someone who likes to go out and intentionally spend weeks at a time living off the land. For them, this is a good book.

It is NOT useful for hikers/backpackers/boaters etc. who are worried that if they get lost or stuck they need survival skills to last until rescued.

It has a information on topics such as building a bow and arrow, setting trap lines of 100-200 traps, making stone tools, and tanning hide (all things that require considerable time, energy, and practice). What it does not have is any information on getting rescued - not even a mention of what makes a good distress signal.

I haven't read many survival books, but if you're looking for a "survive until rescued" book check out The Complete Book of Outdoor Survival by J. Wayne Fears.

4-0 out of 5 stars Survival skills
I have read many survival books including: Wilderness Survival; the October 1970 edition of the Army Feild Manual; Living off the Country;Tom Brown's Feild Guide to Wilderness Survival;and this one as well as many others. Aside from Tom Brown's feild guide, this book is definately one of the best I have read. I would rate Tom Brown's feild guide higher than this one, but the two together make a great pair. Both cover topics such as the four great needs: shelter, water, fire, and food, as well as weapons, edible plants and animals et cetera, but they both explain different techniques and different ways of doing the above mentioned topics. The back of this book has color photos of many plants that are edible.
I strongly reccommend buying both books, they are very similar yet you can learn more from both than you can from just one.
If you don't wan't both then I reccommend Tom Brown's Guide. Either way you go, try to use your library and the internet in conjunction with the books.

3-0 out of 5 stars ShortChanged
The book seems to be very good but when I opened the front cover it starts out with Page 31. In other words I was cheated out of the first part up to page 31. ... Read more

14. The Complete Book of Outdoor Survival
by J. Wayne Fears, Wayne J. Fears
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Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: Krause Publications
Sales Rank: 236999
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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The popularity of outdoor activities is exploding as millions take to woodland trails, mountains, and deserts in search of adventure. But with adventure comes risk, and outdoor enthusiasts need the know-how to survive in a dangerous situation. This book offers that information. Scouts and hikers, hunters and fishermen, will take to the field with confidence carrying this book in their packs. More than 550 photos and illustrations support topics ranging from edible plants and animals to making solar stills and smoking meat. Each chapter contains exciting real life examples of people in survival situations. The revised edition of this highly successful classic is the perfect gift for everyone who loves the outdoors.

Topics include first aid, survival kits, navigation, and signaling techniques. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Worth it 15 years ago
I purchased this book in hardback... over 15 years ago. At the time, I was very interested in outdoor survival. Of the 15 to 30 books I read on the subject, this one was the most clear and practical. It addressed many facets of the wilderness survival with out a lot of jargon. The author focuses mainly on low tech solutions to survival situations, but gives some suggestions of more technology-based solutions as well. An example would be including Chapstick in a survival kit for its morale value and low cost in weight. It covers the basics of survival in any environment and then branches out to specific details for each environment. It covers much practical information, but also includes detailed information about where to learn survival skills, other survival books and what is covered in them and addresses for suppliers of equipment.

5-0 out of 5 stars the complete book of outdoor suvival
This is one of the best suvial books i have ever read. The book is very clear and easy to understand.It has everything you need for a basic camping trip to any adventure in the outdoors.

4-0 out of 5 stars Its good!
I would suggest this book for anyone entering the woods, no matter your experience.... in other words, it was very good, got straight to the point, and no useless info found here!

1-0 out of 5 stars Very bad one
If you really want to learn not wasting your money buy "The SAS survival handbook".

5-0 out of 5 stars A Necessary Read to Any Outdoorsman
Excellent book that discusses everything from frostbite to dehydration. Learn how to find water, trap animals, prepare foods, navigate, make fire, and treat snake bites. This is an indispensible companian to anyone spending any amout of time in the backcountry. ... Read more

15. Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills: Naked into the Wilderness
by John McPherson, Geri McPherson, John
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This book is an in depth "how-to" of outdoor primitive skills. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best primitive living book ever written
This book tells everything you need to know in order to survive in the wild. I've read over 20 books on wilderness survival and primitive living, and McPherson's book is by far the best one out there. I lived off the land in the Alaskan bush and greatly appreciate all the John has done to help me accomplish that. My only suggestion is that when "making" fire with a bow and drill, you MUST relieve pressure a little when the smoke starts billowing so that you'll kick the ember out onto the tinder. Kudos to John McPherson!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Beginners Guide to Wilderness Survival
This book is an excellent beginners guide for the inexperienced outdoorsman.

The book contains 10 well developed chapters that will get you well on your way to being able to "live off the land." The topics covered in this book are as follows: tanning deer skins, making fire, cordage, making a bow and arrows, making traps, meat preservation, primitive cooking methods, field dressing and butchering a deer, container making (baskets and pottery), making tools, and making shelters.

Most of these topics are covered in amazing detail with plenty of photographs. The McPhersons do an excellent job of explaining the topics so that even people with no outdoor experience could perform the task almost immediately. The only exception I found was the chapter on making baskets. Even though I read the chapter several times, I do not feel I could not weave a basket (in all do fairness, it may be easier when I actually attempt the task).

I can not stress enough how easy this book makes a seemingly impossible task for people who lack the basic knowledge of wilderness survival skills. The McPhersons don't just give you the instructions, they also explain the physics or logic behind what they are writing about. I recommend this book to anyone who needs/wants a firm foundation in basic survival skills.

4-0 out of 5 stars Together with David Wescott`s books you don`t need more!
For those really interrested buy the "Primitive Technology, books " by David Wescott (these are bigger and have real good drawings)and the two " Naked into the Wilderness" books by the McPhersons (smaller and quit bad quality black and white pictures). In addition you only need to stop reading after a while, go out, and do your thing!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating.
This book is, in fact, ten booklets printed together making ten chapters. Each chapter deals in detail with a certain subject, for example the first is called 'Brain Tan Buckskin' while the second is 'Primitive Fire & Cordage' and so on. Each chapter shows skills and gives knowledge that will help with the next few. For example, knowing how to make cordage helps with making bows, setting traps and making baskets. This knowledge can be helpful or just thought provoking.
I really enjoyed this book because of my interest not only in Native American culture but also in the Neanderthals, early man and the Ice Age. Mr. McPherson not only talks about how to do something, but deals with the materials available, how the weapons and tools work and even gives you information on other methods of doing the same thing. But what he shows you in the book works because HE HAS DONE IT.
I don't suggest giving it to young kids - Mr. McPherson makes it so easy to start fires and set traps. Hehe! Over 400 pages with tons of details and LOTS of great photos.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a very good book
This is a compilation of many books they have written over the years. It is very, very good. A must have for anyone who is interested in outdoor living. It covers a great many topics; Firestarting with bow drill and hand drill, how to make bows and arrows, outdoor cooking, how to gut a deer and use all parts of the body. these are just a few. BUY THIS BOOK! ... Read more

16. Shouting at the Sky: Troubled Teens and the Promise of the Wild
by Gary Ferguson
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Asin: 0312200080
Catlog: Book (1999-03-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Sales Rank: 99991
Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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Nature as few have imagined it: Utah, a windswept desert thick with spring, the flash of primrose, treeless hills, canyons shining in the sun. And in the distance, all but lost in these great sweeps of rock and sky, a group of teenagers, fresh out of suburban America, are struggling desperately to build new lives-beyond crack and crystal mete, beyond sadness, beyond a pain that has brought many to the brink of self-destruction.

In Shouting at the Sky, award-winning writer Gary Ferguson is once again bound for the back-country, this time to spend a season in one of the country's most remarkable programs for troubled teens. Here you'll share in the daily triumphs and heartaches of an unforgettable group of kids. Witness their shock at the wilderness, outrageous with its bluster and open spaces, its lack of bathrooms and cooked meals, its absence of television, malls and old friends. Huddle with them on moonlit nights around a juniper fire. Sit for an afternoon on a canyon rim in the middle of nowhere and listen to their stories and poems: tales of anorexia and amphetamines, of depression and workaholic parents, of the grating fear that will not let them be.

Shouting at the Sky is a story resplendent with glimpses into power of the human spirit and the healing that is possible when the beauty and challenges of the wild are linked to it. But along these trails can also be found issues of striking gravity: insights into how young lives can go terribly wrong and, in the end, how many of our fondest hopes for tomorrow and teetering on the brink, waiting for us to find the will, the courage to build more genuine connections to our children.

"I can't imagine being broken down without a wild place to fall apart in," Ferguson writes. So this is also a very personal account of his participation as an observer, leader, and storyteller in the rites of passage these teenagers undergo in the Utah desert. It is a story of individuals, counselors and participants alike, grown-ups and youths, sharing the struggle to find themselves.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A grateful mother loved this book!
Having recently sent my son off to a therapeutic wilderness program, I was very grateful for the excellent view this book gave me about my son's experience. Other reviewers have criticized this book for being too "Shirley MacLaine" in its description of the program. But my viewpoint is quite different. I saw the same results that the author reported. My son was transformed from an angry, defiant, miserable young man to a strong, trusting teen. We aren't at the end of the journey for my son, but I can't begin to tell you how beneficial the wilderness program was to my son. Although the author's descriptions of his experiences with the troubled teens may sound unbelievable or simply trite, they are undoubtedly true. If you are a parent of a troubled teen, this book will give you an excellent view of an alternative treatment program.

5-0 out of 5 stars a beautiful glimpse into the power of nature
I was amused to read John from Arizona's blanket condemnation of wilderness programs. While he's right that there are some bad ones out there (in his book Ferguson goes so far as to suggest there may be more bad ones than good ones), there are great ones, too. I know because I have a younger brother, a former heroine addict, who went to such a program in Oregon three years ago. He says the people there were kind and generous; he also says that it saved his life. I find it depressing that people are so quick to pass judgement on things that they have little or no personal experience with. To suggest that we should shut down all wilderness programs instead of just running out the bad ones out (as we do with bad day care centers, nursing homes, teachers, etc.), gives new definition to the idea of being brainwashed. This book is filled with an incredibe amount of hope. Then again, those too cynical or afraid to believe will never find it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nature Writer Discovers Human Nature
We've heard the stories about youth who die in therapeutic wilderness programs. We also hear about young men and women dying during military basic training, in senseless automobile accidents, and from their involvement in various unlawful activities. The negative stories get the public exposure...and persist.

How much do we hear about therapeutic wilderness programs that have turned youth around, literally saved their lives? How many stories do we see in the papers about the thousands of fine men and women who complete military basic training with pride and perform so well protecting our country? A very small percentage of students are ever involved in automobile accidents or unlawful activity.

There is good news, and we need to listen and spread the word. Gary Ferguson heard about the powerful work done by Aspen Achievement Academy, a highly reputed outdoor program designed to turn around troubled youth. Based in Loa, Utah, several hours south of Salt Lake City, the Academy runs a program that reaches deep inside the young men and women who are sent there--often against their will. These troubled teens have acted out their anger and confusion by doing drugs or alcohol, harming others or themselves, and engaging in other extremely anti-social behaviors. They are sent to Loa by parents at the end of their rope, therapists and counselors, and sometimes legal situations. They don't want to go, yet they are transformed in spite of their initial resistance. A couple of months in the desert and the woods, under the close supervision of trained counselors who care about them produces incredible turnaround results.

The young people experience a wide range of insights, surrounded by caring and loving people whose job it is to keep them safe and give them an environment where they can find themselves and grow. Curious, and perhaps a bit suspicions, nature writer Gary Ferguson made arrangements to become trained as a counselor and experience what the teens--and their staff support people--go through every day.

Shouting at the Sky is a beautifully crafted story about journeys. Spending time with a girls' group and a boys' group, Ferguson observes, listens, participates, and creates a moving journal of the experience. Readers will share the life-changing shifts of troubled teens, the dedication and stress of staff, and Ferguson's personal transformation as he is influenced by troubled youth practically fighting for their lives.

The nature writer comes out-in the flowerly language that feeds the reader's imagination--and in the appreciation of the environments in which the young people function. Sometimes the depth of the writer's ability to use the English language to paint pictures gets in the way of the message, but the message burns its way through. Ferguson learned about human nature in the weeks that he actually spent with the youth and the staff counselors.

The stories are often gripping, moving, and heart-warming. I was inspired to keep reading, didn't want to put the book down. If you have children who might be described as troubled youth, read this book. If you're a teacher, counselor, or therapist working with youth, read this book. Having spent some time in Loa learning more about Aspen Achievement Academy, I can tell you that this book is accurate and well worth the read.

2-0 out of 5 stars More of a promotion than anything else.
The whole book seems like one big plug for the teen wilderness program. Its too bad that parents will pick up this book and think these places are such a healing place, when many teens actually die at these places each year.

4-0 out of 5 stars An honest account of wilderness therapy
Having worked for several wilderness programs, I felt this book was well written and actually gave credit to the success of wilderness therapy programs. The therapeutic process was well explained from the group and one on one counseling to the metaphoric use of the wilderness component. A worthwhile book for parents, counselors, students, and especially wilderness instructors or therapists. Hope to see more books like this. ... Read more

17. The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide : The Classic Handbook, Revised and Updated
by Mark Harvey
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Asin: 0684859092
Catlog: Book (1999-06-17)
Publisher: Fireside
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Since 1965, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) has been teaching its students how to climb, kayak, and navigate; how to camp without leaving a trace; how to stay warm and dry in the wilderness; how to cope with a backcountry emergency; and how to effectively lead others through such experiences. There are many reasons for spending time in the remote outdoors. Awe-inspiring scenery, peacefulness, wildlife viewing, and exercise are all good reasons. Another is that such experiences build character: "The wildlands teach us to be smart, practical, resourceful, and observant. To hike ten hours through scabrous terrain, cross a brawny river, stay warm in a snowstorm, and navigate your way out of tangled woods tests and builds your best faculties." While no single book can prepare one for spending time in the wilderness--much less impart all the skills necessary to survive in the elements--the NOLS Guide is an eminently useful place to start. Chapters include primers on equipment (fitting boots and packs, choosing a tent, the "Five Commandments for Equipment Care"); appropriate dress for a variety of climates; and ways of traveling in the backcountry, from crossing scree fields to fording rivers. It's not a substitute for in-depth instruction in, say, snow camping, or reading a map and compass. But with a solid grounding in the basics, one can take that first boot-step into what Joseph Wood Krutch called "the great reservoir of energy, of confidence, of endless hope." ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good for this kind of camping
This book isn't for someone who wants to learn to be attuned to nature, or be able to flow with nature. I recommend Tom Brown Jr.'s books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
A very good coverage of a large variety of topics. Learned a lot.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book for serious outdoor adventure
I read the book in preparation for a mountaineering course - it's great - informative, well written, a good balance of solid content and easy readability. He would be a great person to go up a mountain with - but the book is a little easier to fit in the backpack!

An absolute must for anyone who camps in the non-RV sense of the word.

4-0 out of 5 stars If you Can't Take Mark Harvey Camping, Take His Book
As a carefree college student,I camped quite often, but today, as a thirty year old business owner, I prefer to enjoy the outdoors by day, and to sleep in my warm, safe, familiar home by night. Harvey's Wilderness Guide has not only helped me to more thoroughly enjoy my day hikes, but it has also served as a catalyst to reignite my enthusiasm in camping for more than a Sunday afternoon. Harvey delivers intelligent, informative information in an easy to understand and enthusiastic style. The Wilderness Guide is packed with information, but it is far from bland reading, for Harvey is not only intelligent and well written, but he has a sense of humor as well. I live in Aspen and have spent time with Mark Harvey on numerous occasions. Possibly I will be able to camp with him one day. If not, I always have The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide.

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh what fun It is to Hike...
Harvey's way of covering all the bases, display's a deep knowlege and passion for his subject. And, his subject is something that too few people ever experience. The author's informal style coupled with real-life examples and antecdotes, makes for some fun reading, (about something that can be very serious).

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. In fact I can think of who that friend might be. And, giving it to this person would be a great bonding experience. ... Read more

18. Shelters, Shacks & Shanties: And How to Build Them
by D. C. Beard
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Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Originally published in 1914, Shelters, Shacks and Shanties presents step-by-step tutelage on all aspects of outdoor accommodation.

D. C. Beard explains how to construct a variety of worry-free shelters appropriate to a natural environment that is by turns both friendly and foreboding. Included area sod house for the lawn, a treetop house, over-water camps, and an American log cabin. Fully recognizing that the outdoorsman builds a shelter with the intention of inhabiting it, Beard explains how to build hearths and chimneys, notched log ladders, and even how to rig secret locks.

Illustrated throughout with instructional line drawings, Shelters, Shacks and Shanties harkens back to the can-do spirit of the American frontier and belongs in the knapsack of every modern scout, young and old alike. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars For "boys" of all ages
When I was a child, I would look for this book when I went to the public library. I checked it out frequently and marveled at the lined drawings of various kinds of wilderness dwellings, especially the "Boys Hogan"-a type of hidden shelter built into the side of a hill. No doubt this book became the inspiration of the "forts" we built in the woods and the lean-tos constructed in Boy Scouts.

The tree house recently built for my own children, caused me to remember this little book and so I ordered it from Amazon. It not only brings back great memories, but also has inspired me to think about building a log cabin. This is a great book for those who love the idea of building or living in primitive shelters.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't get lost without it!
Interesting book that shows dozens of ways to make shelters in the wilderness. A good book for those of us who love traipsing through the bush, which in turn leaves us with that small chance of getting lost or stranded. The book I got was published by Loompanics Unlimited, and copied from the original 1914 edition, but I imagine all editions by all publishers are the same.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you love the woods you need this book!!!!
I have lived in a very rural area my whole life. I love the forest, and because of this book I've been able to enjoy it even more. "Uncle Dan" Beard has lots of great ideas and illustrations to show how poeple used to, and still do, build shelters in the forest. It's great to have a historical resource to all of these techniques and ideas that are from the past - which otherwise might be forgotten about. GREAT BOOK!!

5-0 out of 5 stars What a great read!
This book comes from a time when hunters and conservationists were in league with each other. Many of the tips he gives are not appropriate for parks but are still useable on PRIVATE land. Not for effete tree hugger types.

5-0 out of 5 stars Broad coverage from emergency shelters to log houses
An interesting collection of plans to build everything from emergency shelters to a log home without using purchased building materials. Contains much information on building authentic log structures of numerous designs. Plans for building authentic doors and latches, windows, and furnishing for "rustic" homes are also included. A chapter is included for those of us who have always wanted a log home but can't get the spouse to agree--a rustic log room or den "hidden" inside a modern home. I had a copy of the original for years before losing it in a fire and look very forward to replacing it. Thanks ... Read more

19. How to Stay Alive in the Woods : A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter, and Self-Preservation That Makes Starvation in the Wilderness Next to Impossible
by Bradford Angier
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Asin: 0684831015
Catlog: Book (1998-03-02)
Publisher: Fireside
Sales Rank: 42757
Average Customer Review: 3.63 out of 5 stars
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Rosehips, rich in vitamin C, will remedy scurvy. Poplar, red cedar, elm, and willow are preferable for friction fires. If stuck on a flat, shelterless desert, dig a shallow pit (east-west) to lie in; even a few feet can result in a 100-degree temperature change.This is the sort of information outdoor enthusiasts will find in Bradford Angier's classic guide to survival in the wilderness. Divided into four parts (sustenance, warmth, orientation, safety), How To Stay Alive in the Woods is packed with woodcraft tips and age-old tricks--and it's packable as well, so don't leave home without it. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas, but a bit outdated...
Although there is a good deal of information to be gained from this book, some of the information is a tad outdated. I have read through several similar books and in my opinion the US Army Survival manual as well as Wilderness Survival by Gregory Davenport does a much better job in helping a camper/hiker feel comfortable in knowing how to take care of themselves or others should the situation arise.

The initial copyright on the book is 1956; the writing style and information show their age... The discussion of wool being the best bet for cold weather seems a bit outdated. The writing style is unique and not the easiest to read. I wouldn't be comfortable if the only survival information I had were Angiers instructions and illustrations. I found that many of the other "survival" books do a much better job in explaining how to do a given task with step by step information. The illustrations leave much to be desired as I couldn't tell most of the edible plant illustrations from the poisonous ones, and I doubt I could match an illustration to an actual plant if my life depended on it...

In my opinion your best bet would be the two other books I mentioned before you considered this one...

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I have never had to use any of the information contained in this book in a susrvival situation but as a kid I did use the information about trapping and snares to catch rabbits in Alaska as a kid (I'm using the third printing 1966 version.) I also built snow shelters to play in. Everything I tried from this book worked.

3-0 out of 5 stars Tips for Survival
You are stranded in the woods, alone and scared. Bradford Angier's "How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere" very well may save your life. Throughout the book, Angier gives important information which is also quite interesting. He covers main topics which are the focal point if each chapter. Most ideas and tactics are generally understandable, although the illustrations are downright ridiculous at times. The moments that leave you thinking "that was a brilliant idea" are often interrupted with common sense tips that make you wonder what age group the book is intended for. Detailed explanations of practical knowledge draw attention from several parts of the book, which results in numerous low points. In conclusion, this book makes for a decent read, but lacks the qualities which would make it a book that you would like to own.

2-0 out of 5 stars I've read better survival books
I've read all his survival books, and they are all pretty much the same. Besides being redundant, he's a poor writer, so his writing is often difficult to understand.

Aside from that, the book has some merit. It contains many tidbits of valuable information, as the author does know his stuff.

However, I would highly recommend that one browse through the book before buying it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Know the basics.
Changes are inevitable, and you may find yourself in a position to know how to survive in unfamiliar terrain. This books provides a heads-up for the woods. Know the principles so that you can apply them. ... Read more

20. Willy Whitefeather's Outdoor Survival Handbook for Kids (Willy Whitefeather's)
by Willy Whitefeather
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
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Sales Rank: 65063
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Techniques and life teachings of wilderness survival
Great book for children and adults that Love their kids enough, to give them simple learning skills that could come in handy, when we least expect it. I know of kid's that have already truly been saved by the lessons taught in such a way that, children remember them forever. Everyone should have a copy of this fine work in their home, because we all like the outdoors, but we never know when we might need the guiding know-how in this handbook. As willy says, "make it back safe." ... Read more

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