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The thread linked below should help you a lot.

https://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=59545

I would add Six Ways In and Twelve Ways Out to any library.
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One of my all time favorite is "Roughing It Easy" by Dian Thomas. She's a female 'McGuyver'. Ex: Tin-can-stove, cooking equipment out of recycled objects, cabbage leaf pot, solar cooker/oven, homemade fire starters, camping recipes, and so on. It first came out in two small paperbacks, now combined in a larger one.
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One of my all time favorite is "Roughing It Easy" by Dian Thomas. She's a female 'McGuyver'. Ex: Tin-can-stove, cooking equipment out of recycled objects, cabbage leaf pot, solar cooker/oven, homemade fire starters, camping recipes, and so on. It first came out in two small paperbacks, now combined in a larger one.
Wow neat book! She currently has a sale on all of her books. Till July 31, 2010, instead of $95 for the whole set, she's selling them for $35. Just an FYI
http://www.dianthomas.com/aboutdian-randelife.html
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I would add to the above mentioned lists a book on preparing/preserving meats... butchering, smoking, etc. Maybe one on fishing if you aren't already an angler. And a copy of Atlas Shrugged for recreation... if you are reading it post-shtf, it will have a kind of deja-vu effect for you.
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Anything by Ray Mears (Bushcraft stuff) and John ' Lofty' Wiseman (SAS Survival).

You might want to add complete guides on sewing/tailoring, shoe making, natural remedies and altnerative remedies including cleaning products, communication, and your history.
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Handy new thread starting for what "Medical" books to carry in the BOB
https://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=121349
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Nuclear war survival skills (downloadable for free)
Food, clothes, shelters, etc.
Passport to survival, By Esther ****ey (out of print, but worth looking for) Esther D.i.c.k.e.y
The most basic survival food book. Wheat berries, honey, powdered milk,and salt.

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you should have a so many diff books on some many diff subects it hard to list what you should have .. for every subect out there is about 500 books on the subect ..so pick the best ones that fits your style
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the problem with books is you can not carry them with you if you have to leave.

It is best to learn all you can and scan a few important pages to just jog your memory.

After a settling down, you can hit the libraries to read more books.

The question, "what books should I have" is a very broad question.

You want books on what you do not know.

you need first line of survival books first such as traps snares

follow the basic rules of survival: This is the order I have my planning done.

I know most will disagree with the priority I place them in, but this list fits my concerns in the order of importance


1. Water - need every day
2. Shelter - Or several of them, including caches, etc. You gotta have a safe place to get to and plan for the future.

3. Defense - Once you have shelter you need a means to defend it
4. Food - This includes stock piling, gardening, hunting etc.
5. Clothing - this depends on cliament, BUT, if it polar shifts, you need gear
6. Rebuilding or how to do things to make life easier for you and yours.

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Every book you can get your hands on.
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Nuclear war survival skills (downloadable for free)
Food, clothes, shelters, etc.
Passport to survival, By Esther ****ey (out of print, but worth looking for) Esther D.i.c.k.e.y
The most basic survival food book. Wheat berries, honey, powdered milk,and salt.
Just found the "Passport to Survival" Book for around $8 on www.abebooks.com
Thanks for the tip!
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Stopped by an army surplus store and picked up "Camping & Wilderness Survival" by Paul Tawrell

Nice big book (350 p) FULL of super information. Lots of pictures and the pages are broken up into sections. Great for "at a glance" learning. Serious perk for the "visual" learners like myself.

It'll be my bedtime reading for a while.
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The Foxfire books and, if you think you'll find yourself in that situation, "On Killing" by Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman.
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Just found this great "Homesteader's Book List"
http://www.indianasweetcorn.com/Farm...omesteader.pdf

Wow.... just found this forum page too. Mega lists in here!!
http://www.backwoodshome.com/forum/v...p/t-14722.html
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A high quality laminated map with labels to public libraries, food distribution warehouses, pharmacies, hospitals, sporting good stores, and farm suppliers. And a repair manual for your car.

Don't forget the two bibles:
Boston's Gun Bible and The New American Standard Bible.
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The danger that we may loose the power grid at some point is a very real one. Along with that loss would be the loss of access to the internet, and for most people that means their source for survival information. I already have some key books that I think everyone ought to have, but I was hoping to get some other suggestions from you.

Here's some of mine

SAS Survival Guide (pocket sized)
(Peterson Field Guide) Medicinal Plants and Herbs
(Peterson Field Guide) Edible Wild Plants
(Readers Digest) Back to Basics
(Batam Books) The Herb Book
(By Jethro Kloss) Back to Eden
(Alive Books) Encyclopedia of Natural Healing
(By Penelopy Ody) The Complete Medicinal Herbal
Stocking Up III (Canning book)

These are some of the main ones that I recommend to others, but I would love to hear of your resource books.

Thanks.
I would include this one which I'm trying to get one soon !


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Did a quick search looking to buy a copy of the FM 21-76-1 manual (Survival, Evasion and Recovery) and instead found a pdf source. So am attaching it, if anyone want to view it's contents.

http://www.brooksidepress.org/Produc..._1/fm21761.pdf
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Gonna have to pick up another SUV too carry all the Books...
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Gonna have to pick up another SUV too carry all the Books...
You could do that....

...or you could store these at your Bug Out Location ahead of time. Then you just need to grab your BOB and go.

....choices...choices!
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Well.......if I could only have one basic book on self sufficiency........probably the Reader's Digest "Back to Basics" book. Covers a lot of topics and skills useful to anyone wanting to have a more self-sufficient lifestyle....and things not found in other books, too.

For a basic cookbook......Joy of Cooking. Look for an older edition of this. (I think the 1943 wartime edition is the best one). The Fannie Farmer cookbook (published in 1995 or earlier) is also good. The later editions of these cookbooks dropped a lot of the best old-time recipes to add newer "quick" recipes for microwave cooking, etc. (Not really useful, for my needs.)

For someone just getting started with prepping and feeling overwhelmed by all the choices......"Just in Case" by Kathy Harrison. Well written and covers the topics of family basic preparedness (for children and pets, too) and how to cope with several types of disasters. Some info on self sufficiency, too.

For emergency evacuation.......covers most of the elements you need to think about and then tells you how to prepare, what to buy for BOB's, etc....."It's Time To Plan, Not Panic" by Barbara Salsbury.
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