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Sas Survival Handbook: The Ultimate Guide To Surviving Anywhere [Paperback]

John Wiseman
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March 9 2009
A new and fully updated edition of the original, bestselling survival handbook. Written by ex-SAS survival expert John 'Lofty' Wiseman, this book provides the most reliable, authoritative and respected survival information on the market. The original survival handbook - the choice of both survival expert and novice, this book is the international bestseller which in the 20 years since it was first published has been often imitated but never bettered. John 'Lofty' Wiseman served in the SAS for 26 years: his knowledge, experience and skills are unrivalled in survival circles. He is the first and best expert on survival instruction - in any situation. In this fully updated edition, Lofty imparts his much sought-after survival experience, knowledge and timeless techniques - preparing you for anything, anywhere in the world. Updated contents include: Be prepared - The latest, most resilient, resourceful and eco-friendly must-have kit On the move - Up-to-date navigation technologies such as GPS are discussed and explained Health - The body's physiology explained: how to maximise survival when injured or in any climate, on land or at sea. Disaster Survival- Increasingly-changing environmental conditions are addressed: what to do in the face of flash flooding or fast-spreading fire Fear Management - How to react, keep calm, and manage hostile environments and survival situation Navigation - Skills, technologies and techniques to use when making your way through unfamiliar terrain Also featuring new case studies and survival scenarios, designed to offer fascinating insight into other people's survival experiences and to force you to think about what you would do in their position.

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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.

About the Author

John 'Lofty' Wiseman served for 26 years with the Special Air Service and was their Chief Survival Instructor. He remains the foremost authority on SAS training techniques for civilians.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survive- anywhere. Jan. 17 2008
No need for a long review here. This book was written by a professional soldier who was in the SAS, or the Special Air Service. For those not in the know, that's an elite unit of the British Army trained to carry out operations in ALL parts of the world. Eventually, the author became a survival instructor to the SAS, so you can be sure that this guy knows his stuff.

The book covers all you'd ever want to know about the essentials of surviving in climates such as: the polar region, mountains, seashores, islands, tropical regions, or even at sea. Here's few of the many topics the book covers:

-food, what you can and can't eat
-animal tracking with numerous pics
-color pics of edible plants
-pictures of traps and how to trap things
-how to handle animals you've killed for food
-how to make a camp and various shelters
-knot tying pics
-first aid
-color pics of medicinal plants
-picures of dangerous/poisonous critters
-things to have in a survival kit

A very handy resource for anybody who enjoys outdoor/wilderness activities, it's just a darn good thing to have around in case of emergencies- or even just to look at the pictures! Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff if you have a shoulder problem that is interfering with your outdoor activities.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SAS Handbook Aug. 5 2011
Information overload. Almost too much. Glad i bought it but most of this information will never be used by Joe Average but its an interesting book and worth the read. You never know i guess!?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for some environments, not all Nov. 4 2003
By Peter
It may be impossible to write a survival book that is accurate and authoritative on all environments and all areas of the world, and this is something to keep in mind when purchasing a general survival book like the SAS Survival Handbook. For the most part, it's quite good and gives excellent information on outdoors survival in most temperate climates. HOWEVER, one place the book does fall down is in areas like jungle and desert survival. There is little specialized information for those environments, ESPECIALLY important topics like navigation, first aid, water collection, and animal/plant information, and what there is can be dangerously vague. For those interested in jungle or desert survival I would definitely recommend other specialized books like Adventure Travel in the Third World by Jeff Randall or The Ultimate Desert Handbook by Mark Johnson, which do a much, much better job at covering those environments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loov the book April 15 2014
By Kyle
The only problem I had wasthat it is the pocket version not the slightly bigger one buti have not the best eyes
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By High-Tech Prepper TOP 500 REVIEWER
*Owned both the pocket and full versions, as well I have purchased the app for android.


1) Concise, is an encyclopedia of info on how to survive in most biomes.

2) Cheap, for the information it contains the price is incredible. To think that all this knowledge is only 10$!!!

3) Organized. Because its been around for so long the organization has been optimized.

4) Written by a well researched and experienced author.


1) There is an app available for iOS and Android that you must purchase on top of this book, it would be nice if that were included in the package. The digital version includes some useful tools that utilize your smart phones sensors.

2) Bad pictures. The recent survival craze has unleashed a massive amount of high quality survival books with comparable info to this one, some of which are very well illustrated with real photos especially of plants, user friendly infographics etc this has black and white drawings and some colored drawings of plants that are useless.

3) Plant pictures won't help you much. Its hard to identify certain plants accuratley even with real photos due to look alikes and the fact that plants look widley different depending on what stage of growth its at. Relying on the drawings in this book may be rolling the dice...

4) No depth. This book covers a broad array of topics in a narrow way, you are likely better off buying a survival book tailored to your ecosystem/ biome.

5) Redundant weight. As said above, carrying a heavy book in the boreal forest in which only 50% of it will be pertainent to your environment may be a waste of weight and space...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Book is clear and informative. There are things you will never use but still a good read. Nice and small that it can fit in ones backpack with ease.
Published 1 month ago by Blair Quinlan
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome
the best bush craft book ever from camping to skinning toeing rope shelter if you want a bush craft book just get it
Published 2 months ago by Randy Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive!
A really good survival guide. I love trying out some of the stuff while camping and it is really easy to follow.
Published 2 months ago by Hinder Hinder
3.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive but basic
Covers a very broad range of topics, but only in a very brief and generic sort of way. If you really want to know how to do some of these things, you'd need to get books on just... Read more
Published 3 months ago by faeriedance
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival for all regions in the world
I am still half way through and is jam packed book with a survival tips and techniques.I can not comment in full but so far is very good book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Sasa Radosavcevic
5.0 out of 5 stars SAS Survival Handbook
This is a very detailed survival manual, with lots of information and easy to follow guidelines, tips, and advice. Read more
Published 4 months ago by hgreatg28
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
It has very good tips in how to prepare your bog out bag, how to prepare depending on the environment and which plants are good to eat
Published 4 months ago by Francisco J. Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars As advertised
Simply the best. Often imitated; never duplicated.

Shouldn't be a question if you're looking for the most comprehensive survival book on the market.
Published 9 months ago by Tanya
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it!!!!!
I am not an outdoorsman. However, I am I interested in that knowledge that will help me. That knowledge that would have never occurred to me unless I came accross a book such as... Read more
Published 10 months ago by ARTURO GALEANO
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival? YEAH!
This is an all in one book. Very complete, very small, it fits pretty much everywhere. A must have in a car or a camping backpack.
Published 11 months ago by Fannie Santerre
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