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SAS Survival Handbook: For Any Climate, in Any Situation [Paperback]

John Lofty Wiseman
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Book Description

March 3 2009

For Any Climate, in Any Situation

Newly updated to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology, the internationally bestselling SAS Survival Handbook is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers. From basic campcraft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster, this complete course includes:

Being Prepared: Understanding basic survival needs and preparing essentials, such as a pocket survival kit.

Making Camp: Finding the best location, constructing the appropriate shelter, organizing camp, and creating tools.

Food: What to eat, what to avoid, where to find it, and how to prepare it.

First Aid: A comprehensive course in emergency/wilderness medicine, including how to maximize survival in any climate or when injured.

Disaster Survival: How to react in the face of increasingly frequent natural disasters and hostile situations—and how to survive at home if all services and supplies are cut off.

Now featuring case studies and survival scenarios

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“A classic outdoor manual. ... Written by John Wiseman, former survival instructor for Britain’s elite Special Air Service (an all-conditions strike force considered by some to be tougher than the U.S. Navy SEALs), the book addresses every conceivable disaster scenario. ... Don’t leave home without it.” (Outside magazine)

From the Back Cover

Includes new case studies and survival scenarios

The experts' survival techniques, based on John 'Lofty' Wiseman's 26 years in the SAS

Practical, easy-to-follow advice with diagrams and color illustrations

*Visit the Apple iTunes store to be fully equipped with the SAS Survival Guide iPhone App.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is a great book for reviewing the basic concepts around a huge range of survival situations and skills. The book starts off with a few chapters on the basics of survival- mental attitudes, equipment, planning, and general tips. It then briefly explores how to survive, in basic terms, in different wilderness environments, from deserts to rain forests to the arctic. Each environment gets four to six pages, so this isn't a detailed, in-depth look at survival. Rather, it's a quick look meant to point out some of the more important information.

Next up is my biggest disappointment in the book. Out of almost six hundred pages, around one hundred are spent talking about finding food. Even though the book repeatedly states how you can go for weeks without food and still survive. Tips on mushroom picking, plant harvesting, and especially hunting are likely to be futile at best, back-fire at worst. There are nice color pictures of various plants which is a helpful bonus, but many edible plants look dangerously like poisonous plants, even more so with mushrooms, so this is a dangerous bit of advice. As for hunting, the idea of someone crashing in a plane, building their own bow, then hunting, killing, skinning, and eating big game is somewhere between ludicrous and sheer fantasy. So while the chapter was sort of fun to read, some of the space could have been better utilized elsewhere.

Following this chapter are chapters including: finding and building shelters, rope use, first aid, navigation, signaling, and surviving in ocean environments. The book ends with a description of survival in urban disasters, ranging from terrorist attacks to tsunami's. The last page of the book reiterates the author's basic philosophy. The most important facet of survival is will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect April 26 2013
By Johny
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This book was recommended by the firearms instructor where i took my course this book is very well organized packed with very good information and detail,it will take some time to read and understand very good purchase and will be a good source of information in the years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most useful book I have ever bought! Oct. 3 2014
By Bear123 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Everyone should read this. Especially if you do a lot of hiking and camping in the wilderness. So many useful tips that will keep you living rather than dying. This book also has great colour pictures and diagrams in some parts to help you identify important things in a survival situation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good survival book! Aug. 19 2014
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Nice little reading! It might be a little over the top if you just go camping, but the knowledge in this book is never truly lost, as it could save your life! If you like TV series about surviving in the wild, this book is right up your alley!
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5.0 out of 5 stars And a fun read. July 9 2014
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Tons of info. And a fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars in my pocket as i type June 26 2014
great little book to back pack or travel with and reference... may need bifocals for s,all printing.. but it is about portability for me.. best i have found for my reference and supply list on many ventures... but was borrowed before in larger format.. now is mine for anywhere in place and time...enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice! June 26 2014
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Can't put this thing down. Haven't made my way through even half the book yet but it seems full of useful and fascinating information. Almost makes you want to go out and try some of the techniques! Hopefully I won't ever need to use any of the information in this book, but I'm feeling more confident now that if I were to be placed in a survival situation I would at least be armed with some basic, quality information. Highly recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tiny book with TONS of info June 17 2014
By Byronic
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I haven't really read much of it yet, but it seems to be packed with info.
It would be nice if it was a larger size with bigger text, though...
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