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What is your personal survival library? Actual books on survival, gardening books, camping books... Really whatever books you think are good to have. My list is some that I have collected over a long period of time and some of them are much better than others.

Here are mine:
- The Complete Wilderness Training Manual, by Hugh McManners
- SAS Urban Survival Handbook, by John "Lofty" Wiseman
- SAS Survival Handbook Revised Edition, by John "Lofty" Wiseman
- Patriots, by James Wesley, Rawles
- How to Survive the End of the World as we know it, by James Wesley, Rawles
-Tom Brown's Field Guide to City and Suburban Survival, by Tom Brown
- Tom Brown's Field Guide to Living with the Earth
- Going Home, by A. American
- Surviving Home, by A. American
- Escaping Home, A. American
- Forsaking Home, A. American I pre-ordered the next book in the series
- Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual, Hawke
- Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook
- Country Wisdom Almanac
- When All Hell Breaks Loose, Cody Lundin
- Preparedness Now [An Emergency Survival Guide], by Aton Edwards
- The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants, Department of the Army
- Emergency War Surgery, Department of the Army
- U.S. Army Improvised Munitions Handbook, Department of the Army
- FM 5-31 Boobytraps -1965
- I have a manual from the air force that deals with procedures for nuclear and biological disasters. no clue on author
- Pocket Copies of The Constitution of the United States, and Bill of Rights
- Extreme Survival, by Akkermans, Cook, Mattos, and Morrison
- The Ultimate Book of Everyday Knots, Budworth
- The Extreme Survival Almanac, Kincaid
- The Ultimate Guide to U.S. Army Survival Skills, Tactics, and Techniques, McCullough
- The Family Book of Home Remedies, by Michael Van Straten
- Complete Guide to Gardening, by Better Homes and Gardens- Meredith
- Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family- 3rd Edition, by Bradley
- SAS Ultimate Combat Guide to Combat, by Robert Stirling
- Combat Techniques, by Chris Macnab & Martin J. Dougherty
- The Total Gun Manual, by Field and Stream
- The Total Outdoorsman Manual, by Field and Stream
- The Ultimate Survival Manual, by Outdoor Life
- Hunting & Gathering Survival Manual, by Outdoor Life
- Prepare for Anything Survival Manual, by Outdoor Life
- How to Stay Alive in the Woods, Angier
- Surviving Doomsday, by Richard Duarte
- The Urban Homestead, Coyne and Knutzen
- Projects to Get You Off the Grid, by Instructables.com- Edited by Noah Weinstein
- Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle, Creek Steward
- Gardening For Dummies
- Everything is Going to Kill Everybody, Brockway (really funny book)
- Special Forces Survival Guide, McNab
- From Crossbow to H-Bomb
- Living Off the Grid, Black
- What to do when the **** Hits the Fan, Black
- SAS and Elite Forces Guide: Preparing to Survive, by Chris McNab
- SAS and Elite Forces Guide: Sniper, by Martin J. Dougherty
- The Prepper's Pocket Guide, Carr
- Sneaky Uses for everyday things, Tymony

These are the books that I personally own and I have read many others. What are some of yours or ideas on what I have? Along with these books I have many survival magazines and outdoors magazines.
 

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Since I can't resist lists, here's my current library (excluding 5,000+ Kindle titles with 80% on prepping and many other e-books):

Government publications (mostly out of print):

Title
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

Title Author
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

Title Author
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



Prep manuals & related

Title Author
AFM 64-5 Survival Manual by the US Air Force
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 Prosper During The Coming Bad Years by Howard J Ruff
How To Prepare For The Coming Crash by Robert L Preston
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
New Profits From The Monetary Crisis by Harry Browne
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 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 Profit From A monetary Crisis by Harry Browne
You Can Survive The Bomb by Colonel Mel Mawrence
Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks


Self-sufficiency/Homesteading

Title Author
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 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
Ask Jackie – Animals
Ask Jackie – Canning Basics
Ask Jackie – Water Bath Canning
Ask Jackie – Pressure Canning
Ask Jackie – Food Storage
Ask Jackie – Gardening
Ask Jackie – Homesteading
Ask Jackie – Homestead Cooking





Fiction

Title Author
299 Days – Book 1 – The Preparation Glen Tate
299 Days – Book 2 – The Collapse Glen Tate
299 Days – Book 3 – The Community Glen Tate
299 Days – Book 4 – The Stronghold Glen Tate
Above Reproach J.D. kinman
After The Rain John Bowen
Afterwar Janet Morris
Airship Nine Thomas H Block
Alas, Babylon Pat Frank
Alligator Shelley Katz
America: R.I.P. Virginia M Fenwick
Amerika Brauna E Pouns & Donald Wrye
Anton Irving A. Greenfield
Ashes series William W. Johnstone
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
Better Dead Than Red Stanley Reynolds
Blight Mark Sonders
Blizzard George Stone
Blizzard Phil Stong
Cat Five Robert P Davis
Cataclysm: The Day The World Ended Don Pendleton
Catastrophe Planet Keith Laumer
City Wars Dennis Palumbo
Commander-1 Peter George
Creatures Richard Masson
Croc David James
Damnation Alley Roger Zelazny
Dance Of The Apocalypse Gordon Eklund
Darkness And The Deep Vardis Fisher
Day Of The Delphi John Land
Death On A Warm Wind Douglas Warner
Death Wind William C Heine
Deathland series James Axler
Defender series Jerry Ahern
Dies The Fire S.M. Stirling
Doomsday Squad Dom Gober
Doomsday Warrior series Ryder Stacy
Doomsday Wing George H Smith
Drought! Ralph Hayes
Emergence David R Palmer
EMP Contrast – A Tale of Two Cities Donald R J White
Empire Of The Ants Lindsay West
Endworld series David Robbins
Eruption Paul Patchick
Farnhams Freehold Robert Heinlein
Fatal Exposure Michael Tobias
Firefight 2000 Dean Ing
Fire-Hunter Jim Kjelgaard
Forbidden Area Pat Frank
Free Flight Douglas Terman
Heat Arthur Herzog
Hurricane Of Ice H. L. Perry
Icequake James Follett
Icequake Crawford Kilian
Level 7 Mordecai Roshwald
Lights Out Halffast
Long Voyage Back Luke Rhinehart
Lucifer's Hammer Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
Malevil Robert Merle
Man-Eater Ted Willis
Meeting The Bear - Journal Of The Black Wars Lloyd Zimpel
Mekong First Light Joseph w. Callaway, Jr.
Meteor Edmund H North & Franklin Coen
Meteorite Track 291 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 comentary 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.
 

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Jerry, you should compile a comprehensive list of ALL your lists, so it can one day be put on display at the Smithsonian !! :D:
Back on point, I only have the SAS Survival Manual ( both full-size, and the mini-version in my BOB),as well as the US Army survival manual, plus a guide to edible plants of the southeast.
Also, I have a few other survival manuals I bet almost no one here has....the NSS-CDS Cave Diving Manual , Deep Diving by Brett Gilliam and Mixed Gas Diving by Tom Mount. ;)

edit: after reading through the above lists, I recalled that I do have a few others, like Back to Basics by Readers Digest,The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery, several of the Foxfire books,etc.
 

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Since I can't resist lists, here's my current library (excluding 5,000+ Kindle titles with 80% on prepping and many other e-books):

Government publications (mostly out of print):

Title
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

Title Author
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

Title Author
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



Prep manuals & related

Title Author
AFM 64-5 Survival Manual by the US Air Force
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 Prosper During The Coming Bad Years by Howard J Ruff
How To Prepare For The Coming Crash by Robert L Preston
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
New Profits From The Monetary Crisis by Harry Browne
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 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 Profit From A monetary Crisis by Harry Browne
You Can Survive The Bomb by Colonel Mel Mawrence
Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks


Self-sufficiency/Homesteading

Title Author
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 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
Ask Jackie – Animals
Ask Jackie – Canning Basics
Ask Jackie – Water Bath Canning
Ask Jackie – Pressure Canning
Ask Jackie – Food Storage
Ask Jackie – Gardening
Ask Jackie – Homesteading
Ask Jackie – Homestead Cooking





Fiction

Title Author
299 Days – Book 1 – The Preparation Glen Tate
299 Days – Book 2 – The Collapse Glen Tate
299 Days – Book 3 – The Community Glen Tate
299 Days – Book 4 – The Stronghold Glen Tate
Above Reproach J.D. kinman
After The Rain John Bowen
Afterwar Janet Morris
Airship Nine Thomas H Block
Alas, Babylon Pat Frank
Alligator Shelley Katz
America: R.I.P. Virginia M Fenwick
Amerika Brauna E Pouns & Donald Wrye
Anton Irving A. Greenfield
Ashes series William W. Johnstone
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
Better Dead Than Red Stanley Reynolds
Blight Mark Sonders
Blizzard George Stone
Blizzard Phil Stong
Cat Five Robert P Davis
Cataclysm: The Day The World Ended Don Pendleton
Catastrophe Planet Keith Laumer
City Wars Dennis Palumbo
Commander-1 Peter George
Creatures Richard Masson
Croc David James
Damnation Alley Roger Zelazny
Dance Of The Apocalypse Gordon Eklund
Darkness And The Deep Vardis Fisher
Day Of The Delphi John Land
Death On A Warm Wind Douglas Warner
Death Wind William C Heine
Deathland series James Axler
Defender series Jerry Ahern
Dies The Fire S.M. Stirling
Doomsday Squad Dom Gober
Doomsday Warrior series Ryder Stacy
Doomsday Wing George H Smith
Drought! Ralph Hayes
Emergence David R Palmer
EMP Contrast – A Tale of Two Cities Donald R J White
Empire Of The Ants Lindsay West
Endworld series David Robbins
Eruption Paul Patchick
Farnhams Freehold Robert Heinlein
Fatal Exposure Michael Tobias
Firefight 2000 Dean Ing
Fire-Hunter Jim Kjelgaard
Forbidden Area Pat Frank
Free Flight Douglas Terman
Heat Arthur Herzog
Hurricane Of Ice H. L. Perry
Icequake James Follett
Icequake Crawford Kilian
Level 7 Mordecai Roshwald
Lights Out Halffast
Long Voyage Back Luke Rhinehart
Lucifer's Hammer Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
Malevil Robert Merle
Man-Eater Ted Willis
Meeting The Bear - Journal Of The Black Wars Lloyd Zimpel
Mekong First Light Joseph w. Callaway, Jr.
Meteor Edmund H North & Franklin Coen
Meteorite Track 291 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 comentary 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.
If you had to recommend one or two books from each of the categories you made what would they be? Ones that gave the most information or ones that you learned the most from maybe?
 

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If I was very limited to the books I could have, these are the ones I would keep.

The Family Fallout Shelter MP-15
Disaster Planning Guide For Business And Industry

Magic And Medicine Of Plants by the Readers Digest
Where There Is No Dentist by Murry ****son
Where There Is No Doctor by David Werner

Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry Dean Olsen
Wildwood Wisdom by Ellsworth Jaeger

Backwoods Home Whole Shebang & life subscription

Dare To Prepare by Holly Deyo
Disaster Prep 101 by Paul Purcell
EMP – Protect Family, Homes, and Community by Donald R J White
Making The Best Of Basics - Family Preparedness Handbook by James Talmage Stevens
Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson Kearny
SAS Survival Handbook by by John "Lofty" Wiseman
SAS Urban Survival Handbook John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman
Back to Basics by Readers Digest
Storey’s Basic Country Skills by John & Martha Storey
The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery
The Guide To Self-Sufficiency by John Seymour

Alas, Babylon Pat Frank
Lucifer's Hammer Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (Socio/political commentary in novel form.)

Just my opinion.
 

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I have way too many hardcopies to list. But what I will say, is that like everything, there are basics to be followed.

-The Classics. Perhaps the most important in ANY library. The preservation of language, history, culture, and the universal lessons of human nature are priceless. Everything from Shakespeare, Sun Tzu, Homer, Chaucer, Prose Edda and Beowulf, to Walden, to Jack London, to the Leatherstocking Tales, to Faulkner and Hemingway, these are critical to any Survivalist's bookshelf and provide a strong foundation in education.

-Critical Skills Books. Anything and everything that can be found on mechanical, gardening and carpentry skills. The keys to true self sufficiency and long-term sustainability are found here. Not only that, but you'll save yourself a ton of money in repair bills and grocery bills in the long run.

-Woodsman Skills. Tom Brown Jr is excellent, even if controversial in some ways. His knowledge is irrefutable and writing style is very easy to follow. You'll get more out of it than a stale "facts only" field manual on the topics. Petersen's guides are also critical to proper identification of wild plants for every purpose in the wild. FWIW they're recommended reading from the Army's SERE school. Nessmuk and Kephart are great old timers on the subject, and many lessons on lightweight survivalist camping can be found in their work. If you can find "The Jungle is Neutral" it's a great book on jungle survival, but it's lessons transcend to any environment.

-Books on the Fighting Man. This list is a mile long, but I'll name a couple obscure heavy hitters most miss. "Kill or Be Killed" and "Scouting and Patrolling" by Col Rex Applegate are excellent, and written from a very basic "common man" perspective. Col Applegate trained OSS operatives down and dirty, very quickly by necessity and history proves his methods were correct. "Total Resistance" by MAJ H. Von Dach is another critical work. A Swiss Army Officer in charge of designing a resistance to a possible Soviet advance from East Germany, this book is the layout of his plan. "Guerrillas in the Mist" gets an honorable mention, as does MAJ H. John Poole's series, esp. "The Last Hundred Yards", "Dragon Days", "Phantom Soldier", and "Way of the Tiger". His lessons to the NCO or Small Unit Leader based upon the eastern style of war are critical. Finally, "The Devil's Guard" by George Robert Elford. It's in many ways a lost piece of history, but chronicles a battalion of Nazis at the close of WWII who make their way to France and join the Foreign Legion to fight in the quickly brewing French Indochina War. This later would become the Vietnam War for us. Although it's debated whether or not this is a work of non-fiction, the fact is that many displaced Germans did serve in the FFL during the post-war period to escape the Soviets and Allies' occupation. The book is an excellent lesson on guerrilla warfare(one of the best ever written) and it's lessons, although not for the squeamish, are exactly how to win at all costs. You'll(as I did) find during reading that the same reasons we have continuously lost small unit campaigns are precisely why the French lost Indochina. Even down to our current headlines of the CIA's programs and ISIS.

-Communication. ARRL handbook, USMC's Field Antenna Handbook, and any books on electrical science. You'll find that a great antenna is more important than the radio. The USMC antenna handbook was ALWAYS in my ruck as a LRS RTO. In addition, shortwave radio guides are great for establishing a basis for when to listen to world news broadcasts to find out what's really happening in the world. Anything you can find on the basics of computer science should be put here as well. Computers are here to stay, and as with mechanical knowledge, a survivalist should know these topics as well.

-Medical. "Where there is No Doctor" and "Where there is No Dentist" should be the first books you pick up. Tom Brown's "Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants" go here as well, due to his very easy reading format. "Ditch Medicine" as well as the Army SF Medical Handbook are great references. If you can find the Ranger Medic Handbook(it may be a restricted document, not sure) it's great as well. In addition, take an anatomy course at your local community college. The invaluable info you get there will serve you well.
 

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A few other library considerations.

-Macro-Unit Tactics. A lot of focus is given to SUT is the Survivalist/III% world, but the fact is that without a large scale scheme of maneuver your fracture elements will be cut of and decimated. As such, there's two ways to look at it. "The Bear Went Over the Mountain" documents the Soviet's experience in Afghanistan through a series of vignettes explaining both their scheme of maneuver and the result. Included are maps of the placement of both Soviet and Muj forces. If you want to know how a foreign occupying force is likely to work, this is it. "The Other Side of the Mountain" is it's companion work, drawn from interviews with the various Muj commanders. It's format is the same, and explains several of the issues they faced both at the small and large unit level. A more recent book is "Fangs of the Lone Wolf" by Dodge Billingsly, written in the same format but drawn from the Chechen Wars. It chronicles each of their early successes, as well as the eventual defeat of the Muslim militias. "Lawrence of Arabia" should be included here. Although it could be considered a classic, I place it here because it deals with how a Westerner was able to raise a guerrilla army and take on a much larger, more sophisticated foe. It's lessons are universal and should be heeded.

-Cook Books. Not everything in the survivalist world should be doom-gloom-shtf-everything sucks, it should be happy and fun to discover a path to self sufficiently. Food defines cultures, and just as with the classics, ensure propagation of your culture. For my geographic area, Southern Living is hands down the best. they have an annual cookbook and their cookbooks going back a LONG way can be found in any second hand store or grandparent's bookshelf. The same with other geographic areas. In addition, much can be learned through the types of traditional foods in an area, such as what grows well or livestock that does well in that particular region. Such information can point you in the proper direction of home gardens and livestock raising, as well as what foods will become barter items in an economic downturn. Lastly and probably most important, good food is a true morale booster. With a great meal on the table one can't help but have a good outlook.

I know this is a bit long, but I hope that it opens eyes a bit and provides a more well rounded sufficiency library than the usual "survival guides" and "prepper" books that seem to be a dime a dozen these days. The bulk of these books can be found in second hand stores for pennies on the dollar, along with so many other great items.
 

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Short and sweet and basic compared to others here:
SAS Survival Guide (and the DoE training that we did alongside it)
Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants in NA
Guide to Edible Wild Plants in NA
The Fanny Mae Farmer Cook book

Lots of fiction choices, but still not as long as others listed.
 

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Man I feel childish even listing mine, it is one individual book. I keep it in my backpack at all times, take it with me when I'm hunting and it is essentially my bible. "Handbook for Boys" 1957 edition. It covers everything a scout needs. :thumb:

I do also have several medical books from when I received my EMT-B and my wives books when she was a paramedic. However I don't consider any of my novels "Survival books". I definitely wouldn't find space for them if I had to go. I'd take my EMT book and my Boy Scout book.
 

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I only ordered it last night, but Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties: The Classic Guide to Building Wilderness Shelters by D. C. Beard looked interesting.
 

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The OP doesn't seem to differentiate himself between fiction, nonfiction, how -to guides, paper vs electronic, so I wont either in my reply
My how -to stuff is a bookcase of various books and manuals collected over 20 years. Too many to list. I primarily add to it by picking up used books on a topic at our semi-annual friends of the library sale

http://www.booksale.org/

I rarely pay full price for such books unless its a topic or book I've been wanting. Lately I've hit up Amazon for a few titles just to test the waters there. Some manuals left over from my days in the National Guard. For the most part when I had to move earlier this year I tossed the bulk of my old FMs and TMs into the recycling bin and irked the recycling guy who left nasty notes about maximum allowable weight for each bin til I lightened each of them enough for his approval and removal of contents....a few I kept, mainly weapons, medical, NBC etc.

My fiction PAW collection is 35 years of collecting. What I call my "junk reading" vs my "serious stuff" which tends to be history and what you might call "the classics"- related volumes. The PAW fiction hardcopy stuff is two bookcases with spillover into a few storage bins

Then of course theres my expanding organized collection of 200 gigs of electronic documents. A growing concern helped along by those on prep forums who've received the collection and added their own contributions.

In all three categories there are far too many titles to list each individually
 

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Unless I missed it in those long lists, I see one book that is conspicuously not in those lists... The Bible - One of the King James versions or the 1599 Geneva Bible. If I could chose only one book to have with me, that would be it.
 

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While I am agnostic, not Christian (I do live a Christian lifestyle for the most part), my primary Bible is not in the library. It is with me all the time on my Smartphone for quick reference, since it does have much useful information, and so I can look up and understand Christian principles. I also have The Book of Mormon, the Quran, and several other religious references on my Smartphone.

Just my opinion.
 

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The Bible is not in the library. It is with me all the time on my Smartphone.

Just my opinion.
I have mine on my phone too Jerry. :thumb:

But if that phone dies and can't be charged, I like to have my printed Word on hand. :)

The rest of those that you mentioned as well as many others are in my hard-copy library.
 

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There is an amazing collection of how-to books at www.survivorlibrary.com.

It's currently 109 Gb of books on just about any topic you can think of, and all of the books are out-of-copyright. There is both a legal torrent, and a BitTorrent Sync, or you can pick individual books from the index.

The Librarian's focus is on pre-1920 technology and methods, so some of the stuff is out of date, dangerous, or potentially illegal, (um, doing it, not reading about it.) so be alert.

Project Gutenberg has ~50,000 ebooks, with links to another 100,000.

Ace

Also for those using digital format, there is an organization called Volunteers In Technical Assistance which is a bit like a braintrust version of the Peace Corps, dedicated to ideas and journals for the developing world.

For the last several decades they have been cranking out How-To papers for all kinds of things. Brick making, well digging, rural roads, shelter building, etc. I'm talking about hundreds of these useful papers that are perfect for places where technology and power are in short supply. Very useful and creative stuff designed by professional teams of researchers, engineers, scientists, and field workers. This stuff is well tested and made in very simple B&W pdf's or basic text. Very small digital footprint, so you can pile up a ton of these and not use much storage space.

There are tons of these things floating around the internet in odd corners. Problem is VITA pretty much dumped their own online files and you have to get them from other sources. The best source has always been JourneyToForever.org but even they have a lot of issues. Clearly someone doesn't like paying for power to turn on their server. But if you are willing to dig hard with your google-fu and go back tons of pages you can eventually find a cache of these things. They also turn up as part of torrent compilations.

Do not go to Vita.org because that domain was grabbed some time ago by some idiot health food reseller.

The biggest cache I have found outside of Journey To Forever is here:
http://www.cd3wd.com/cd3wd_40/cd3wd/index.htm

Literally hundreds of free pdf links at that site geared directly at 3rd world rural living technology.

This isn't mass market stuff trying to make a buck. This is real technology designed to save lives in the 3rd world. It won't be colorful or entertaining. It will be basic black and white and very dry. About as fun as reading a military tech manual on equipment repair. Yeah, that dull. But it is precisely the kind of info that you need when the whole world becomes the 3rd world.

You might even download all of that on the link above and make copies on a bunch of cheap thumb drives or burn them to discs. Toss them in all of your caches and go bags. Make some extras as barter items too. Even with the loss of the power grid there will be those who manage to retain the resources to power up a laptop, netbook, or e-reader. If forced to move during an global emergency you might even become the Johny Appleseed of technology as you pass these copies out on the road. They would make a nice gift to someone who stuck their neck out to help you along the way.
 
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