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There is a question in another part of the forum asking about survival books. Since the question is posted in the wilderness survival section of the forum, I guess the question was about wilderness survival books.

Rather than addressing just wilderness survival books, let’s talk about survival books in general and developing a well rounded survivalist library.

My favorite books are non-fiction history books. Also, I have a collection of modern survival / prepping books from various authors.

I usually pick a topic, such as the black death, or medieval history, buy several books from Amazon, read them, then pick another topic.

Last Three Books I Read

  • Black ******** and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell.
  • The Neanderthals Rediscovered by Dimitra Papgianni and Michael Morse.
  • Technology in the Ancient World by Henry Hodges.

The technology in the ancient world is an older book published in the 1970s. I found it at a used book store and picked it up.


Once I read two or three books on a certain topic, I move to another topic.

When Paladin Press closed its doors I ordered several boxes of books. These were modern survival / prepping books which were added to my existing survivalist library of history books.

My Survivalist Library Topics
  • Couple of books on chickens.
  • Couple of books on canning.
  • Books on Roman history.
  • Couple of books on the Black Death.
  • Books on trapping.
  • Several books on Homesteading.
  • Several books on medieval history.
  • Modern survivalist books by authors such as Ragnar Benson

The goal of my library is to take historical examples, then apply those examples to modern prepping.

Then, take historical examples, modern technology, combine the two and develop a semi-self sustainable homestead. Why "semi-self sustainable?" Because no man is an island. Humans depend on those around them. Even if the farm was off the grid using solar, I would still need batteries, wire, solar panels... etc.

Survival Books and Historical Examples

The technology in the ancient world is an older book published in the 1970s. I found it at a used book store and picked it up.

When outbreaks of the Black Death would hit Europe there were two groups which usually weathered the outbreaks better than others.
  • Land owners who were able to isolate themselves from outsiders.
  • Rural dwellers who rarely came into contact with outsiders.

What do those two groups have in common? The ability to produce their own food.

Historical accounts of the Black Death are filled with stories of people dying along the side of the road while they were fleeing the cities. Some died of starvation, while a lot of them died from the Black Death.

What can we learn from those examples?

When merchants stop bringing food to the cities, the people in cities will starve. In desperation city dwellers will flee to rural areas. To a lot of survivalist, this means grabbing their bug out bag and bugging out.

Collecting Survival Books



What I do is get on Amazon, browse though various books, look at other books written by the author, then add the books to a wish list.

When I place an order with Amazon, I look at the book list, gear list, first aid… then add an item to my order. In April a couple of new knives were ordered, such as a Morakniv Companion.

Sometime in May I want to order a book on everyday life in the Middle Ages. Exactly, what kind of difficulties did people living in the Middle Ages face? With that knowledge I can address those issues here on the farm before a collapse.

Another book I want to order is something on goats. The next livestock to be added here on the farm will be goats. Before I get some, I want to educate myself on them.

After goats comes cheese and butter making.

Sometime in all of that is building a pole barn and fencing in several acres for said goats.

Final Thoughts

Millions of people fleeing the cities would probably cause serious issues for prepsteaders. We have dedicated the time, effort and money to develop a homestead, only to have it overran by people fleeing the cities? I don’t think so.

Hopefully that day will never come. However, history has a way of repeating itself, so it is just a matter of time before humanity another plague.
 

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32 gigs of 10 thousand plus books and long articles on prepping on a microSD card, Goal Zero Nomad, and generic Android pad.

All fits in my pants cargo pocket.


Nothing wrong with a physical book library. I have a room devoted to just my library at home.

But I see the physical books as a comfortable way to put the info in my head now at home. If disaster hits I'm not going to be lugging a room of books to my BOL. If I take the books to the BOL now then when will I get enough time to read them? When I visit my BOL these days I'm too busy in maintenance projects to read a long time at the end of the day. When I sit down in the evening there I'm usually ready to fall asleep in my dinner.

As for book sources, if you know the name of the book you want then look at Thriftbooks.com first. If they have it then it will be a lot cheaper than Amazon.
 

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Rather than addressing just wilderness survival books, let’s talk about survival books in general and developing a well rounded survivalist library.
Someone once said of The Foxfire Series, "This series should be designated as a National Treasure. There is no other way to experience the way 'old people' lived from day to day."

The complete set contains fourteen books, with subjects such as (but not limited to!):

Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building, Mountain Crafts and Foods, Planting by the Signs, Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing, Moonshining, Ghost Stories, Spring Wild Plant Foods, Spinning and Weaving, Midwifing, Burial Customs, Corn Shuckin's, Wagon Making, Animal Care, Banjos and Dulcimers, Hide Tanning, Summer and Fall Wild Plant Foods, Butter Churns, Ginseng, Ironmaking, Blacksmithing, Flintlock Rifles, Bear Hunting, Fiddle Making, Spring Houses, Horse Trading, Sassafras Tea, Berry Buckets, Gardening, The Old Home Place, Wild Plant Uses, Preserving and Cooking Food, Hunting Stories, Fishing, More Affairs of Plain Living.

Lots and lots to like in this series.

https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Collection-Anniversary-Editions-Anniversay/dp/B00MRH3RYU
 

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I downloaded 183 different Survival Manuals and Books off the internet in PDF format. I sorted them into 16 separate folders:
Bushcraft, Combat, Communications, Emergency Planning & Mgmt., Food & Water, Hunting Fishing Trapping, Maps & Navigation, Medical, Plants, Self Defense & Fighting, Shelter, Skills & Techniques, Survival, Survival Kits, Survival Photos, Weapons.
Since they are PDF, they are searchable documents. Total storage space is 561Mb.
I have them stored on my Smart Phone, a 5" Tablet, a 7" Tablet, and a 8" Tablet, as well as on Flash Drives and Micro SD cards. I also have two solar chargers and several auxiliary battery packs to keep them going for as long as I would need them. All but my Smart Phone are stored in steel (faraday cage) boxes.

With this system, I have virtually all of the information relevant to Survival in any situation available for relatively quick reference. I also load Flash Drives with all that data and supply them to my friends.
 

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I downloaded 183 different Survival Manuals and Books off the internet in PDF format. I sorted them into 16 separate folders:
Bushcraft, Combat, Communications, Emergency Planning & Mgmt., Food & Water, Hunting Fishing Trapping, Maps & Navigation, Medical, Plants, Self Defense & Fighting, Shelter, Skills & Techniques, Survival, Survival Kits, Survival Photos, Weapons.
Since they are PDF, they are searchable documents. Total storage space is 561Mb.
I have them stored on my Smart Phone, a 5" Tablet, a 7" Tablet, and a 8" Tablet, as well as on Flash Drives and Micro SD cards. I also have two solar chargers and several auxiliary battery packs to keep them going for as long as I would need them. All but my Smart Phone are stored in steel (faraday cage) boxes.

With this system, I have virtually all of the information relevant to Survival in any situation available for relatively quick reference. I also load Flash Drives with all that data and supply them to my friends.
I have done pretty much the same thing. What I also did was add over a 1000 fiction books for entertainment value as well.
 
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I have done pretty much the same thing. What I also did was add over a 1000 fiction books for entertainment value as well.
There is a lot more out there online.

I have 1150 books and articles just in my homesteading section. 250 in just guns and ammo. 3200 in medicine and chemistry. Plus 13 other broad categories. But it is a lot of time to spend making them all the right formats and sorting them. It took many years to collect and a good half of a year of evenings to herd them into a sense of order that makes sense using subcategories.
 

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Kev, for livestock, I HIGHLY recommend the "Storey's Guide for Raising" books. I have them for raising Chickens, Dairy Goats, Ducks, Pigs, and Rabbits. The books go over the different breeds, feed (including formulating your OWN feed mixes), building housing, veterinary care, butchering, etc.

Other books in my library include books on butchering, aquaponics, gardening, homesteading, mini-farming, a Merck Veterinary Manual, books on making sausage, smoking/curing meats, tanning hides, cheesemaking, herbal medicine, root cellaring, food preservation, etc.
 

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My current paper library:

Since I can't resist lists, here's my current library (excluding 39,000+ Kindle titles with 50+% on subjects directly relating to prepping, 50% of the rest books to help with rebuilding civilization after the Apocalypse, and the remaining mostly fiction for entertainment as representative types for future generations that would not probably have access to anything like them otherwise):

Want:
Formula, Data, & Summary books and cards
Handyman In Your Pocket by James J. Glover & Richard A. Young
Desk Reference by James J. Glover
Ugly’s Electrical Reference by Jones & Bartlett



Government publications (mostly out of print):

In Time Of Emergency
Basic Course In Emergency Mass Feeding
Handbook For Emergencies
Ten For Survival
Personal And Family Survival - Student Manual
The National Fallout Shelter Program
Identification (Survey) Of Fallout Shelter In Existing Buildings
Provisioning Shelters
Description, Storage, and Handling of Public Fallout Shelter Supplies and Equipment
Guidance On Water Containers Stored In Public Fallout Shelters
Acquisition And Distribution of Fallout Shelter Supplies (Except RADEF)
Fallout Shelter Water Requirements (Supersedes Part D, Chapter 2, Appendix 4, Nov 1963)
Fallout Shelter Food Requirements
Fallout Shelter Sanitation Kits
Maintenance of Law and Order During Civil Defense Emergencies Appendix 1 - Planning and Programs, Appendix 2 - Orientation and Training
Civil Defense Emergency Operations Planning
Emergency Lodging
Emergency Feeding
Emergency Clothing
Emergency Welfare Registration and Inquiry
What The Planner Needs To Know About Blast And Shock
What The Planner Needs To Know About Electromagnetic Pulse
What The Planner Needs To Know About Initial Nuclear Radiation
What The Planner Needs To Know About Fallout
What The Planner Needs To Know About The Shelter Environment
What The Planner Needs To Know About The Post-Shelter Environment
Application To Emergency Operations Planning
The Mayor's Command Center, Washington, D.C.
Fallout Protection In The Design Of New Industrial Facilities - A Special Report To Business And Industrial Executives
Industrial Civil Defense Workbook - First Steps To Company Survival
Civil Preparedness Principles Of Warning
EMP Threat & Protective Measures
EMP Protection For Emergency Operating Centers
EMP Protective Systems
Blast Valves And Sensors For Emergency Operating Centers
Probability Of Fallout Debris Deposition
How To Use Your Radiological Instruments (Survey Meter And Dosimeter) To Find the Best Shelter and to Minimize Your Exposure To Radiation
User's Manual - Meteorological Data For Radiological Defense
Radiological Monitor Student Workbook
Disaster Operations - A Handbook For Local Governments
Wind-Resistant Design Concepts For Residences
Tornado Protection - Selecting And Designing Safe Areas In Buildings
Introduction To Civil Preparedness
Standards For Local Civil Preparedness
Community Action For Civil Preparedness
Emergency Communications
Highlights - DIDS - Decision Information Distribution System
Manual For RACES - Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
Hazardous Material Information System
Plan Ahead For Power Supply Problems
Protection In The Nuclear Age
Fallout Protection - What To Know And Do About Nuclear Attack
Emergency Sanitation At Home
Family Guide - Emergency Health Care
Housing With Shelter HUD-180-S
Mass Thickness Manual For Walls, Floors, And Roofs
Shelter Through Architectural Design - The Shielding Requirements Influenc On Form
Technical Standards For Fallout Shelter Design
Design Considerations For Fallout Shelter Ventilating Air Intake Systems
Home Fallout Shelter - Modified Ceiling Shelter - Basement Location - Plan A
Home Fallout Shelter - Modified Ceiling Shelter - Basement Location - Plan B
Home Fallout Shelter - Concrete Block Shelter - Basement Location - Plan C
Home Fallout Shelter - Snack Bar - Basement Location - Plan D
Home Fallout Shelter - Tilt-up Storage Unit Shelter - Basement Location - Plan E
Home Fallout Shelter - Lean-to Shelter - Basement Location - Plan F
Home Fallout Shelter - Outside Concrete Shelter
Home Fallout Shelter - Above Ground Home Fallout Shelter
Family Shelter Designs H-7
The Family Fallout Shelter MP-15
Shelters In New Apartments
Shelters In New Homes
Increasing Blast And Fire Resistance In Buildings - Design Techniques For Combined Nuclear Weapon Effects
Disaster Planning Guide For Business And Industry
Family Food Stockpile For Survival
Rural Fire Defense
Defense Against Radioactive Fallout On The Farm
Fallout And Your Farm Food
Disaster Control And Civil Defense In Federal Buildings - A Guide For Facility Self-Protection
Housing With Shelter - Dual-Purpose Residential Fallout Protection
Report To The Congress - Activities And Status Of Civil Defense In The United States

Publications Catalog
Motion Picture Catalog


Medical Books:
Storey’s A Practical Guide To Healthy Living by Amy Rost
Ancient Healing Publications International
Do It Yourself Medicine by Ragnar Benson
Gray's Anatomy
Magic And Medicine Of Plants by the Readers Digest
Myths Of The Cherokee And Sacred Formulas Of The Cherokees by James Mooney
Survivalist's Medicine Chest by Ragnar Benson
The American Medical Association Home Medical Encyclopedia
The Home Remedies Handbook by John H Renner
Emergency War Surgery by the US Government
Ship's Medicine Chest and Medical Aid at Sea by the US Government
Where There Is No Dentist by Murry ****son
Where There Is No Doctor by David Werner
Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West by Gregory L Tilford
Backyard Medicine by Bruton-Seal & Seal
Wilderness Medicine by William W Forgery
Modern Essentials 4th ed. - Guide to the Use of Essential Oils by Aroma Tools
Natural Healing Wisdom by Amy Rost
The Herbal Healing Bible by Jade Britton
Herbs by Weldon Owen

Outdoor books:
ABC's Of Bowhunting by Chuck Adams
All About Camping by W. K. Merrill
Backpacking by R. C. Rethmel
Boy Scout Fieldbook
Bushcraft by Richard Graves
Complete Book Of Outdoor Lore by Clyde Ormond
Field Guide To Edible Wild Plants by Bradford Angier
Lightweight Backpacking by Charles L Jansen
On Your Own In The Wilderness by Townsend Whelen & Bradford Angier
Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry Dean Olsen
Outdoorsman's Handbook by Clyde Ormond
Rifle And Shotgun Shooting
Scoutmaster's Handbook
Survival In The Outdoors by Byron Dalrymple
The Compact Book Of Upland Game Birds by Ray Ovington
The Complete Guide To Orienteering In North America by Berndt Berglund
The Sierra Club Wilderness Handbook by David Brower
Wilderness Gear You Can Make Yourself by Bradford Angier
Wildwood Wisdom by Ellsworth Jaeger


Periodicals (Paper & CD)

Kurt Saxon's DVD set
Backwoods Home Whole Shebang & life subscription
Survival Quarterly Magazine
Modern Survival Guide complete back issues and subscription
Most of the original American Survival Guide magazines

Financial Books:
How To Prosper During The Coming Bad Years by Howard J Ruff
How To Prepare For The Coming Crash by Robert L Preston
New Profits From The Monetary Crisis by Harry Browne
You Can Profit From A monetary Crisis by Harry Browne

Prep manuals & related:
AFM 64-5 Survival Manual by the US Air Force
Build The Perfect Bug Out Survival Skills by Creek Stewart
Build The Perfect Bug Out Vehicle by Creek Stewart
Build The Perfect Survival Kit by John D McCann
Complete Survival Manual by Michael S. Sweeney/National Geographic
Dare To Prepare by Holly Deyo
Disaster Prep 101 by Paul Purcell
Emergency– This Book Could Save Your Life by Neil Strauss
EMP – Protect Family, Homes, and Community by Donald R J White
Family Survival Guide - How To Protect You And Your Family Against Terrorism
Fighting Chance - Ten Feet To Survival by Arthur Robinson & Gary North
FM 21-76 Survival Manual by theUS Army
FM 5-34 Engineer Field Data by the US Army
Forecasts, Famines, And Freezes by John Gribbin
How To Plan And Develop A Survival Retreat by Sidney Ragsdale
How To Survive The H-Bomb And Why by Pat Frank
Let's Get Ready - An Earthquake Preparedness Handbook
Life After Doomsday by Bruce D Clayton
Making The Best Of Basics - Family Preparedness Handbook by James Talmage Stevens
Nuclear War - The Facts On Our Survival by Peter Goodwin
Nuclear War - What's In It For You?
Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson Kearny
Ragnar's Action Encyclopedia by Ragnar Benson
Ragnar’s Action Encyclopedia, Revised by Ragnar Benson
Ragnar’s Urban Survival by Ragnar Benson
Rawles on Retreats and Relocation by James Wesley, Rawles
SAS Survival Handbook by by John "Lofty" Wiseman
SAS Urban Survival Handbook John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman
Stay Alive! Survival Skills You Need by John D McCann
Strategic Relocation by Joel M Skousen
Survival Retreats by Dave Black
Surviving Doomsday by C Brice Sibley
Terrorism Survival Guide – Your Family's Preparedness Plan
The Art Of War by Sun Tzu
The Book Of Survival by Anthony Greenbank
The Complete Housewife by Kurt Saxon
The Complete Survival Guide by Mark Thiffault
The Disaster Preparedness Handbook 2nd Edition by Dr. Arthur T. Bradley
The Family Survival Handbook by Martin A Smith& William E Eliason
The Millennium Bug by Michael S Hyatt
The Modern Survival Retreat by Ragnar Benson
The Russian Disaster - A Survival Handbook For The Nuclear Age by Bernard Grossfield
The Secure Home by Joel M Skousen
The Survival Retreat by Ragnar Benson
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven& David Borgenicht
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook – Travel by Joshua Piven & David Borgenicht
Tom Brown’s Guide to City & Suburban Survival by Tom Brown
When All Hell Breaks Loose by Cody Lundin
When Technology Fails by Matthew Stein
You Can Survive The Bomb by Colonel Mel Mawrence
Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks


Self-sufficiency/Homesteading:
A Shelter Sketchbook by John S Taylor
Lightweight Truss-Framed House by Roger L Tuomi
Wood-Frame House Construction by the USDA
Underground Houses - How to Build A Low-Cost Home by Robert L Roy
Solar Heating by Sunset Books
Engineering Manual for Water Systems by the Ruth-Berry Pump Company
Individual Water Supply Systems by the Arkansas State Board of Health
Water Systems Handbook by the Water Systems Council
Plumbing for the Home and Farmstead USDA FB #2213
Septic Tank Systems Arkansas State Board of Health Bulletin #9
Farmstead Sewage and Refuse Disposal USDA AIB #274
Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins
Natural Solutions to Bigger Pests by Dr. Myles H Bader
Natural Solutions to Things That Bug You by Dr. Myles H Bader
Do-it-Yourself Fence Kit – Riggs Supply
First Lessons In Beekeeping by C. P. Danant
Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte
Cold Climate Gardening by Lewis Hill
Fruits & Nuts by Susanna Lyle
Vigoro Vegetable Garden Book
Sam Andy Cookbook and Food Storage Guide
Back to Basics by Readers Digest
Build-It-Yourself Homestead Organic Gardening & Farming
Living Off The Grid by Dave Black
Storey’s Basic Country Skills by John & Martha Storey
Storey’s Survival Wisdom
Storey’s Country Wisdom
The Back To Basics Handbook by Abigail R. Gehring
The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery
The Guide To Self-Sufficiency by John Seymour
The Have-More by Plan Edward & Carolyn Robinson


Backwoods Home Magazine Guides:
Emergency Preparedness and Survival Guide
The Coming American Dictatorship – John Silveira
Can America Be Saved From Stupid People – Dave Duffy
Starting Over – Jackie Clay
Making A Living - Creating Your Own Job
Dairy Goats – A Beginner’s Handbook – Jackie Clay
Chickens – A Beginner’s Handbook
Harvesting The Wild
Self-reliance – Recession-proof Your Pantry
Backwoods Home Cooking




Downloaded e-books other than Kindle versions (I think they are all legal copies. If not, please let me know.):
101 Things To Do 'Til The Revolution by Claire Wolfe
A Complete Handbook of Nature Cure
An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and It's Implications For United Sates National Security by Peter Schwartz, Doug Randal
Barn Plans And Out Buildings by Dr. Byron D Halsted
Bartering by Oregon State University
Biodiesel Book by Network 6000
Biodiesel Production Technology by Iowa State University
Blast And Fallout Shelter by University of Maryland
Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making by William H Gibson
Camp-Lore and Woodcraft by Dan Beard
Captain Dave's Survival Guide by Captain Dave
Capturing Heat by Dean Still, Jim Kness
Construction Techniques to Protect Homes From High Wind Damage by Clemson University
Cooking On Campaign by Jason Goodnite
CPG 101 Comprehensive Preparedness Guide FEMA
CPG 1-19 Guidance for Development of An Emergency Fallout Shelter Stocking Plan
CPG 1-20 Emergency Operating Center (EOC) Handbook FEMA
CPG 2-6.4Radiation Safety In Shelters
Details for Conventional Wood Frame Construction by American Wood Council
Disaster Preparedness for People With Disabilities by Red Cross
Disaster Response by Erik Auf der Heide
Ditch Medicine by Hugh L Coffee
Doom Survival Guide by doomguide.com
Echelon by Chad Yancey
Edible and Medicinal Plants
Edible and Medicinal Plants, A Survival Guide
Emergency War Surgery by US Government
EMP White Papers http://www.futurescience.com by Jerry Emanuelson
Encyclopedia of Modern US Military Weapons by Col. Timothy M. Laur, Steven L. Llanso
Essential Chinese Medicine Vol 1
Essential Chinese Medicine Vol 2
Essentials of Terror Medicine
FB-2107 Defense Against Radioactive Fallout On The Farm
FEMA - 160 Recovery From Nuclear Attack FEMA
FEMA 141 Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry FEMA
FEMA Wood Gas Generator FEMA
FG-E-5.6/1 Users Manual Meteorological Data For Radiological Defense DOD/OCD
First Aid in Armed Conflicts and Other Situations Of Violence ICRC
FM 21-10 MCRP 4-11.1D Field Hygiene and Sanitation US Army
FM 21-76 Field Manual US Army
FM 3-5 MCWP 3-47.3 NBC Decontamination US Army
FM 5-103 Survivability
FMFM 1-A Fourth Generation War
Fortification
Gardening When It Counts by Steve Solomon
General Aspects of Shelter Design by Temet
George Riggs Survival Book by George Riggs
Getting The Truth by David J Lieberman
Gravity Fed Water Treatment System -Mod 1* by James A Marusek
Gray's Anatomy by Henry Gray
Guide To Individual Tactical Readiness
H-6 Fallout Protection - What To Know And Do About Nuclear Attack DOD/OCD
H-7 Family Fallout Designs DOD/OCD
H-12 Fallout Protection For Homes With Basements DOD/OCD
H-14 In Time Of Emergency DOD/OCD
H-16 Shelter Management Handbook
H-20 Planning for Survival FEMA
Handbook of Subsistence Stores US Government
Herbal Formulas
How This Book Can Make You Invisible by J. J. Luna
How To Build Your Own Underground Home by Ray G. Scott
How To Prepare For Any Disaster by areyouprepared.com
HS-4 Preparedness Planning For A Nuclear Crisis FEMA
HS-4 Preparedness Planning For A Nuclear Crisis – Appendix FEMA
Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins
Hurricane Shutter Designs by APA
Individual Preparation for Y2K by Paloma O'Riley
Interactive Atlas of Human by Anatomy F Netter
It's the End of the World As We Know It And I Feel Fine by M. D. Creekmore
L-138 What You Should Know About Nuclear Preparedness FEMA
L-18 Facts About Fallout Protection
LDS Preparedness Manual LDS
Life After Doomsday by Bruce D Clayton
Management Of Dead Bodies After Disasters
Medical Terminology
Medicinal Plants, Trees & Shrubs of Appalachia by Bill Church
Militia Cookbook Emergency Food Preparation
Milwaukee's Premium Fallout Shelter
Mormon Emergency Preparedness Manual
MP-15 Family Fallout Shelter DOD/OCD
NP-10-2 Fallout Shelter Surveys: Guide for Architects and Engineers OCDM
Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson Kearny
ORNL-5039 Expedient Shelter Construction and Occupancy Experiments by Cresson H Kearny
ORNL-6252 Civil Defense Shelters A State of the Art Assessment – 1986 ORNL
Pioneering Projects Big & Small
Practical Blacksmithing by M. T. Richardson
Protection In The Nuclear Age FEMA
Prudent Food Storage: Question & Answers by Alan T Hagan
Ranger Medical Handbook 2007
Residential Safe Rooms FEMA
Safe Locations by Zeta Talk
Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties by D. C. Beard
Ship Captain's Medical Guide 22nd Edition by Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Ship Captain's Medical Stores
Ship's Medicine Chest and Medical Aid at Sea US Government
Six Simple Pumps by Margaret Crouch
Solar Storm Threat Analysis by James A Marusek
Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman
Successful Farming by Frank D Gardner
Surgery For Victims Of War ICRC
Survival and Austere Medicine TRAWATWMDBM
Survival Fighting by Duncan Long
Survival Under Atomic Attack
Survive Hard Times by Jackie Clay
Survivor's Supply Cache by savvysurvivor.com
TB-5-3 Family Shelters for Protection Against Radioactive Fallout
The $50 and Up Underground House Book by Mike Oehler
The Boy Mechanic - Book 1
The Boy Mechanic - Book 2 by H. M. Windsor
The Bug-Out Bag
The Citizens Homeland Defense Guide II
The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency by John Seymoure
The Complete Book of Underground Houses by Rob Roy
The Disaster Handbook for Extension Agents by University of Wisconsin
The Essential Underground Handbook by PML Publishing, Inc
The Extension Agent's Handbook For Emergency Preparation and Response by Texas Ag Extension Service
The Handbook for Practical Farmers by Hugh Findlay
The Have-More Plan by Ed Robinson, Carolyn Robinson
The Household Cyclopedia by Henry Hartshorne
The Humanure Handbook by Joseph C Jenkins
Three Acres and Liberty by Bolton Hall
TR-60 Shelter In New Homes FEMA
TR-90 Fallout Exposure Rate Prediction Tables FEMA
Trail And Camp Fire
Trail Craft by Claude P Fordyce
We Survive Mutual Assistance Group
When Technology Fails by Matthew Stein
Where There Is No Dentist by Murry ****son
Where There Is No Doctor by David Werner
Where Women Have No Doctor
Wilderness Homes by Oliver Kemp
Woodcraft Wisdom by J. G. Cone
Wound Closure Manual by Ethicon
You Will Survive Doomsday by Bruce M Beach
Your Basement Fallout Shelter -Blueprint for Survival #1 British Government


Fiction:
299 Days – Book 1 – The Preparation by Glen Tate
299 Days – Book 2 – The Collapse by Glen Tate
299 Days – Book 3 – The Community by Glen Tate
299 Days – Book 4 – The Stronghold by Glen Tate
Above Reproach by J.D. kinman
After The Rain by John Bowen
Afterwar by Janet Morris
Airship Nine by Thomas H Block
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
Alligator by Shelley Katz
America: R.I.P. by Virginia M Fenwick
Amerika by Brauna E Pouns & Donald Wrye
Anton by Irving A. Greenfield
Ashes series by William W. Johnstone
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Better Dead Than Red by Stanley Reynolds
Blight by Mark Sonders
Blizzard by George Stone
Blizzard by Phil Strong
Cat Five by Robert P Davis
Cataclysm: The Day The World Ended by Don Pendleton
Catastrophe Planet by Keith Laumer
City Wars by Dennis Palumbo
Commander-1 by Peter George
Creatures by Richard Masson
Croc by David James
Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny
Dance Of The Apocalypse by Gordon Eklund
Darkness And The Deep by Vardis Fisher
Day Of The Delphi by John Land
Death On A Warm Wind by Douglas Warner
Death Wind by William C Heine
Deathland series by James Axler
Defender series by Jerry Ahern
Dies The Fire by S.M. Stirling
Doomsday Squad by Dom Gober
Doomsday Warrior series by Ryder Stacy
Doomsday Wing by George H Smith
Drought! By Ralph Hayes
Emergence by David R Palmer
EMP Contrast – A Tale of Two Cities by Donald R J White
Empire Of The Ants by Lindsay West
Endworld series by David Robbins
Eruption by Paul Patchick
Farnhams Freehold by Robert Heinlein
Fatal Exposure by Michael Tobias
Firefight 2000 by Dean Ing
Fire-Hunter by Jim Kjelgaard
Forbidden Area by Pat Frank
Free Flight by Douglas Terman
Heat by Arthur Herzog
Hurricane Of Ice by H. L. Perry
Icequake by James Follett
Icequake by Crawford Kilian
Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald
Lights Out by Halffast
Long Voyage Back by Luke Rhinehart
Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
Malevil by Robert Merle
Man-Eater by Ted Willis
Meeting The Bear - Journal Of The Black Wars by Lloyd Zimpel
Mekong First Light by Joseph W. Callaway, Jr.
Meteor by Edmund H North & Franklin Coen
Meteorite Track 291 by Gary Paulson
No Blade of Grass John Christopher
No Truce With Kings Poul Anderson
Oath Of Fealty Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
On The Beach Nevil Shute
On The Brink Benjamin Stein & Herbert Stein
One Second After William R. Forstchen
Outrider series Richard Harding
Overload Arthur Hailey
Patriots James Wesley, Rawles
Phoenix Island Charlotte Paul
Population Doomsday Don Pendleton
Power Play Kenneth M Cameron
Pulling Through Dean Ing
Quake Rudolph Wurlitzer
Quest For Fire J. H. Rosny
Quest Of The Dawn Man J. H. Rosny
Red Tide D. D.Chapman & Deloris Lehman Tarzan
Seven Days In May Fletcher Knebel & Charles W Bailey II
Shelter Dan Ljoka
Shiva Descending Gregory Benford & William Rotsler
Siege Edwin Corley
Single Combat Dean Ing
Slide Gerald A Browne
Snowbound Bill Pronzini
Some Will Not Die Algis Budrys
Starlight Alfred Bester
Storehouses Of The Snow Edwin Woodard & Heather Woodard Bischoff
Streetleathal Steven Barnes
Sub-Zero Robert W Walker
Such Men Are Dangerous Paul Kavanagh
Sunstrike George Carpozi, Jr
Survival Margin Charles Eric Maine
Survival World Frank Belknap Long
Survivalist series – the earlier ones – Jerry Ahern
Survivors John Nahmlos
Sweeney's Island John Christopher
Take-Over Louis Rossetto, Jr
The Ashes Series William W Johnstone
The Azriel Uprising Allyn Thompson
The Big One Harrison Arnston
The Billion Dollar Killing Paul E Erdman
The Breaking Earth Keith Laumer
The Burnt Lands Richard Elliott
The Colony Mary Vigliante
The Coming World Earthquake Joe Musser
The Crash of '79 Paul E Erdman
The Day New York Went Dry Charles Einstein
The Day Of The Animals Donald Porter
The Day The Oceans Overflowed Charles L Fontenay
The Day They Invaded New York Irwin Lewis
The Deadly Frost Terrence Moan
The Divide William C Overgard
The Drowned World J. G. Ballard
The End of the Dream Philip Wylie
The Endless Tunnel Howard H Hilton
The Freeman Jerry Ahern & Sharon Ahern
The Green Rain Paul Tabori
The Hab Theory Allan W Eckert
The Hermes Fall John Baxter
The Hot Zone Richard Preston
The Iron Rain Donald Malcolm
The Last Centurion John Ringo
The Last Days Of America Paul E Erdman
The Long Tomorrow Leigh Brackett
The Long Winter John Christopher
The Movement Norman Garbo
The Night Of The Toy Dragons Barney Cohen
The One That Got Away Chris Ryan
The Outrider Series Richard Harding
The Rift
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Silver Bears Paul E Erdman
The Spike Arnaud de Borchgrave & Robert Moss
The Spook Who Sat By The Door Sam Greenlee
The Steel, The Mist, And The Blazing Sun Christopher Anvil
The Survivalist Series Jerry Ahern
The Sword Of Allah Richard Elliott
The Third World War Sir John Hacket
The Third World War: The Untold Story Sir John Hacket
The Traveler Series D. B. Drumm
The Wanderer Fritz Leiber
The Warlord Series Jason Frost
The Wave Christopher Hyde
The Wind From Nowhere J. G. Ballard
Thirst! Charles Eric Maine
This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
Three Amazons Versus The Last Eligible Male Ollie Elliott
Through Darkest America Neal Barrett, Jr
Tidal Wave Martin Wallace Tyler
To Renew The Ages Robert Coulson
Train Wreck Jeremiah Jack
Traveler series D. B. Drumm
Triumph Philip Wylie
Tsunami Crawford Kilian
Warday Whitley Strieber & James Kunetka
Warlord series Jason Frost
Weather War Leonard Leokum & Paul Posnick
World War III Force of Arms Ian Slater
Wrath Of God Robert Gleason


These are the books I read in Junior High School, Senior High School, and as a young adult that shaped me into who I am.

Fiction:

Have Space Suit, Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein (An inspiration to me when I was young)
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (Socio/political commentary in novel form.)
And the rest of the works of Robert A Heinlein (for the same reasons as above.)
Bulldozer by Stephen W. Meader (Another inspirational story when I was in my teens.)
A Hero For Henry by Herbert R. Purdum (A great old west comedy with valuable lessons.)
An Elephant For Aristotle by L. Sprague de Camp (Another Socio/political commentary in novel form.)
The works of Louis L'Amour The westerns and Night Over The Solomons & West From Singapore
The works of Zane Gray
The works of Edgar Rice Burroughs especially Tarzan At The Earth’s Core
The works of Earle Stanley Gardner
The works of Andre Norton especially Sea Siege
The works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The works of Sir Henry Rider Haggard
The works of Sandra Brown (Believe it or not, I learned a lot from romance novels.)
The works of Nora Roberts (Another fine romance novelist that gave me a lot to think about.)


Non-fiction:

Power! by Michael Korda (How to get it and how to use it for good or evil)

Breaking the Rules by Kurt Wright (A book and seminar that gave me great insights into people and how they treat each other and why)

Dress for Success by John T Molloy (More than just clothing. How people actually see each other and act accordingly. Urban camouflage that also teaches the hows and whys of field camouflage)

The Miss Manners Guides by Judith Martin (More than just manners. How people interact in many different situations.)

Just a few suggestions from my avid reading past.

I have multiple sets of the electronic portion of the library on a wide variety of storage media, in widely distributed locations, along with at least three means to access each set, and the means to power up those means of access for generations.

Just my opinion.
 

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Holy sweet mother of god, Jerry!

That's an impressive list!

I would add "the Permaculture Handbook"

And any Rodale books on Organic gardening.
Thank you!

I do have several on permaculture, but not that one.

I have yet to figure out how to get a list of my Kindle books without simply opening my kindle reader on my computer, and start typing. It is not going to happen with over 39,000 titles.

If anyone knows how to generate a list of their kindle library, and to do batch downloads to a device, I would love to find out.

With a very tiny handful of exceptions, those 39,000 plus books were free. When I got my first smart phone in the fall of 2013 and added a kindle reader app to it, I went looking for free books, once I saw how expensive they tended to be.

At first I was finding from 10 to 20 per day of prepper books, which were what I was concentrating on. As I realized that building a rebuilding civilization library was going to need more than the books on simply prepping, I started adding several additional groups of books, including other than LTS food cookbooks. And a couple of years ago I decided that people would eventually get to the point of being able to read for pleasure, so I started adding fiction books to the downloads, and even started adding romance books to the other genres I was already doing.

Now, I am getting as many as 100 free books per day, across all genres.

The percentage of straight prepping books is lower now, of course, since I am getting other types, but also because I simply already have so many of those that still go up for free from time to time, like my own do.

What is really strange is that though I insisted that my publisher, when he asked me to sign on with him, make my books available in the free e-book program that Amazon has, I did not even think to look for them myself until just a few months ago. I do not have all that many of my own e-books yet. And only some of the print copies. Of course, the print copies I seem to just keep giving away to try and promote sales.

But anyway, a person can accumulate a huge prepper e-book library just by being dutiful and looking every day. It has to be every day, because the free ones, for the most part, are only free for a few hours to a day or so. Though some are for a lot longer, most are not. And with the cost of back-up power and devices so low, it is easy to ensure you will be able to use them for years.

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Holy sweet mother of god, Jerry!

That's an impressive list!
If you ask him to list all his digital books and articles you might get to see the internet break. :D:
 

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If you ask him to list all his digital books and articles you might get to see the internet break. :D:
Hahahaha, probably.

There could be a market for y'all to put all of that info on some USB or external hard drives and sell it to preppers/survivalists.

Something to think about.

Or give it to them for free, but receive donations for it that would cover expenses, hopefully.

I don't have quite Jerry's list, but I'm working on it.

I currently have about 4,000 books on any subjects and lots of fiction as well.

It took up the whole bed of a truck when we moved, and I still left a couple thousand books behind.
 

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Hahahaha, probably.

There could be a market for y'all to put all of that info on some USB or external hard drives and sell it to preppers/survivalists.

Something to think about.

Or give it to them for free, but receive donations for it that would cover expenses, hopefully.

I don't have quite Jerry's list, but I'm working on it.

I currently have about 4,000 books on any subjects and lots of fiction as well.

It took up the whole bed of a truck when we moved, and I still left a couple thousand books behind.
Copyright is the primary problem. Any truly good and up-to-date survival library has books in it that are still under copyright. Even those free books you get from Amazon are still copyrighted. It's one thing to be given a personal copy for free but that does not grant you a license to sell or distribute for personal gain.

Apathy/Opsec combo is a close second. For like 3 years I've had an ad in the SB Classifieds offering to give a free copy of my library (avoiding the copyright issues) if the person is willing to pay for a blank thumb drive, the postage, and the gas to go fetch the drive from the store. Either the members here don't know to look in the classifieds here, aren't interested in having someone else assemble them one, don't want to share their personal info enough for me to mail them a copy and pay me, or they think my cost is too high. I'm not sure, but I've had no takers in all those years. So I quit bothering with the offer and quit checking it. The economics of it don't make it worth my time and effort.
 

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Hahahaha, probably.

There could be a market for y'all to put all of that info on some USB or external hard drives and sell it to preppers/survivalists.

Something to think about.

Or give it to them for free, but receive donations for it that would cover expenses, hopefully.
I don't have quite Jerry's list, but I'm working on it.

I currently have about 4,000 books on any subjects and lots of fiction as well.

It took up the whole bed of a truck when we moved, and I still left a couple thousand books behind.
Copyright is the primary problem. Any truly good and up-to-date survival library has books in it that are still under copyright. Even those free books you get from Amazon are still copyrighted. It's one thing to be given a personal copy for free but that does not grant you a license to sell or distribute for personal gain.
Apathy/Opsec combo is a close second. For like 3 years I've had an ad in the SB Classifieds offering to give a free copy of my library (avoiding the copyright issues) if the person is willing to pay for a blank thumb drive, the postage, and the gas to go fetch the drive from the store. Either the members here don't know to look in the classifieds here, aren't interested in having someone else assemble them one, don't want to share their personal info enough for me to mail them a copy and pay me, or they think my cost is too high. I'm not sure, but I've had no takers in all those years. So I quit bothering with the offer and quit checking it. The economics of it don't make it worth my time and effort.
What IamZeke said. I can have the books and use them myself, but the contract a person agrees to when getting any Kindle book, unless expressly exempted, states that the work cannot be shared, given away, loaned, or otherwise used by anyone except the purchaser, even if the purchase price is $0.00. You are still buying the book, just without money changing hands, so the contract stands.

Some authors have some books in a program where they can be loaned to a person, but only for two weeks, and, I believe, only once.

So, other than public domain books, and most government publications, those of us that have electronic libraries cannot share them with other people. And I have huge amounts of information in .pdf form, in spreadsheets, and in .doc formats that other people have created, that even though they are not in a program such as Kindle, still come under the basic copyright laws in which they still own the intellectual property, and may give implied permission for a person to use it simply by posting it somewhere or making it available in some other way, but that permission is limited to the one person that is getting it. They cannot give a copy to someone else. Anyone else has to go to the same source to get that information.

There are some exceptions, but very few. I am not saying it does not happen, because it does, all the time. Since I am a writer and have a great deal of material under copyright, I will not violate someone else's. And even when I did not, I still would follow the law, because it is the law, and in this case, a just law.

Besides, pretty much everything I see, read, hear, or otherwise access, I wind up changing it to fit my needs, anyway.

Just my opinion.
 

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Hey Kev, checkout all the free books you can download here http://www.survivalistboards.com/downloads.php

Personally, I’m starting to work on getting more books about the depression, nonfiction, not just for the info they may contain about living in tough conditions but because after reading a thread on the forum about memories and stories passed down by people about the depression, I got to really missing my grandfather and the stories he told about those days.
 

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Those wanting to start building a digital survival library can look at these places:

http://www.fastonline.org/CD3WD_40/CD3WD/INDEX.HTM

http://www.i4at.org/library.html

http://www.survivalebooks.com/usmilitarymanuals.html

https://usacac.army.mil/sites/default/files/misc/doctrine/CDG/pubs_all.html

http://www.themodernsurvivalist.com/archives/2471

http://govtslaves.info/2012/11/100-free-survival-downloads/

http://www.cnqzu.com/thegreatlibrary/

http://www.pssurvival.com/

http://www.librum.us/

https://murdercube.com/files/

http://www.drc-group.com/project/jitt.html

https://archive.org/

The first two are about Peace Corps type manuals for 3rd world homesteading and village use.

The next two are for grabbing a lot of military manuals.

The last one is where you hunt by book name for old titles. But you can just type in survival to the search and still see a lot.

A huge number of my files come from the first and last links.

Small farmers and homesteaders should bookmark that first link.
 

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Copyright is the primary problem. Any truly good and up-to-date survival library has books in it that are still under copyright. Even those free books you get from Amazon are still copyrighted. It's one thing to be given a personal copy for free but that does not grant you a license to sell or distribute for personal gain.

Apathy/Opsec combo is a close second. For like 3 years I've had an ad in the SB Classifieds offering to give a free copy of my library (avoiding the copyright issues) if the person is willing to pay for a blank thumb drive, the postage, and the gas to go fetch the drive from the store. Either the members here don't know to look in the classifieds here, aren't interested in having someone else assemble them one, don't want to share their personal info enough for me to mail them a copy and pay me, or they think my cost is too high. I'm not sure, but I've had no takers in all those years. So I quit bothering with the offer and quit checking it. The economics of it don't make it worth my time and effort.
We have a classified section?

I'll take you up on the offer.
 

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Those wanting to start building a digital survival library can look at these places:

http://www.fastonline.org/CD3WD_40/CD3WD/INDEX.HTM

http://www.i4at.org/library.html

http://www.survivalebooks.com/usmilitarymanuals.html

https://usacac.army.mil/sites/default/files/misc/doctrine/CDG/pubs_all.html

http://www.themodernsurvivalist.com/archives/2471

http://govtslaves.info/2012/11/100-free-survival-downloads/

http://www.cnqzu.com/thegreatlibrary/

http://www.pssurvival.com/

http://www.librum.us/

https://murdercube.com/files/

http://www.drc-group.com/project/jitt.html

https://archive.org/

The first two are about Peace Corps type manuals for 3rd world homesteading and village use.

The next two are for grabbing a lot of military manuals.

The last one is where you hunt by book name for old titles. But you can just type in survival to the search and still see a lot.

A huge number of my files come from the first and last links.

Small farmers and homesteaders should bookmark that first link.
I'll take a look, thank you.
 
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