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Old 03-26-2020, 09:00 AM
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Survived the cholera outbreak in Italy as a military brat, 1973, did a lot of reading to pass the time (TV was in Italian, German, or Serbo-Croation, otherwise listened to Armed Forces Radio- I have a big disdain for '70's one hit wonders). Was a Boy Scout in the late '70's, reading the Boy Scout manual and an older edition was a big influence. Later "Life After Doomsday" by Dr. Bruce D. Clayton, and of course Ragnar Benson's books. Was an active camper and went on many period treks.
In recent years, many books on early explorers, mountain men, and first hand accounts by those on the frontier.
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I am not really a prepper or survivalist, this is just how I was raised...

I have read some great books over the years though. The first that had to do with anything like survivalism, kind of anyways was "The Pegasus Project". I read that when I was 18 and found it crazy interesting.

It was a book written by an engineer about the process of destructive evaporation on wood used as an automotive fuel. It went all through how the Germans did it in WWII with their civilian automobiles and truck fleets so that all oil and gas could be kept for military use.

The idea of running a vehicle off of scrap wood seemed pretty dang useful to me and all of that information stuck with me. I cannot find any reference to that book anywhere on the internet any more, I don't know how you would even find a copy of it now. It is tough to look up much of anything on the subject anymore. It wasn't just Germany either, the Philippines bus fleets used carbon as their fuel throughout WWII and clear up into the 60's.
Look up Wood Gasifier Builders Bible by Mr Ben Peterson.
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Late 80's early 90's I was into outdoor activities like hiking, camping, fishing, etc.
This led me into reading magazines about backwoods survival and equipment.
The magazine American Survival Guide is what really got me aware of prepping/survival.
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Malevil can also be found at: http://www.e-reading.ws/bookreader.p...-_Malevil.html
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Tunnel in the Sky, Robert Heinlein.

A bunch of kids go thru a "stargate" type device for a final exam in a survival class, they then get stranded there.
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My older brother's Boy Scout Handbook and Fieldbook when I was 7 - 10 years old.
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Where there is no doctor. Similar to various USAF/Army medical books I also read.

Those books show a little knowledge and a little prepping go a LONG way.
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Also Ferfal's The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse.
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Mine was Lucifers Hammer when I was about 12. My first vehicle was a K5 blazer just like the main characters used in the book.
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Honestly, I can't think of one book that got me into the mindset. My desire to prepare was passed on from my parents who grew up during the depression and they passed on to me the value of hard work, putting things up for a time of need, re-purposing items, etc.

The Bible also has some excellent passages and guidance on what to do when times are tough, and how to best prepare for them.

As a kid, I recall reading Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River" and I got a chance to hear Richard Proenokke speak to an assembly of boy scouts and cub scouts in Iowa back around 1972 or so. I think both of these events seriously influenced my desire to live in the middle of nowhere.

Also, I am definitely more in the mindset of a survivalist verses being a prepper for the long run, perhaps 60% survivalist, 40% prepper.
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Tunnel in the Sky, Robert Heinlein.

A bunch of kids go thru a "stargate" type device for a final exam in a survival class, they then get stranded there.
One of my absolute favorites! Even though the ending wasn't as good as I had hoped.
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