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Sas Urban Survival Handbook [Paperback]

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Dec 12 1996 SAS Survival (HarperCollins) (Book 2)
John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman is the author of THE SAS SURVIVAL HANDBOOK, the bestselling guide to survival in the wild. Now he has compiled the even more necessary manual on survival in the urban jungle. With the clarity, common sense and directness you would expect from the SAS’s former Chief Survival Instructor, Lofty Wiseman shares the skills he has perfected over a 26-year career. Taking you through the essentials for combatting the problems and stresses of urban life for you and your family, THE SAS URBAN SURVIVAL HANDBOOK shows how to make and keep your home and avoid domestic accident or injury. It shows the dangers of DIY tools, chemicals and poisonous plants in your home and garden, and gives help and strategies for home security and fire prevention. With further sections on avoiding accident and injury at work and in sports, dealing with travel dangers, self-defence from all kinds of attack from telephone nuisance to rape and mugging, plus first aid and how to save a life, this is the one book no home can afford to be without.

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

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
After reading about this book, I looked high and low for it. "Written by a former SAS man after his experience in the military did little to prepare him for the dangers in civilian life." I expected a manual on self-defense, and their legal issues. (Something Nicolas Cage's character from "Con Air" could have used) After finally getting a copy, the book has little to do with what the catalog implied. The title byline reads "how to protect yourself from domestic accident, mugging, burglary and attack." Three of the four were in the same chapter! What we did get covers the dangers from stress, pollution, even lead paint to driving and safe sex to self defense and terrorism.
The book's good points are it covers amazing scope of subject matter. It doesn't linger on any one topic too long; it simply states the dangers involved with whatever hazard in a few paragraphs, then on to the next item. The book is organized very well and of course, being written like a military manual, the flow is very logical. The color sections on poisonous plants and dangerous animals are very informative. The section on self-defense is a great primer on the basics of fighting.
Unfortunately, that information will never be read. The data on household and city dangers is so vast one must wade thru the "don't do that's" we learned as a kid to find the rare bit of new and useful information. The chapter on the law is mostly for England and is ten years out of date. Especially on firearms in which the author, being former military, surprised me by having an anti-gun attitude.
The chapter on terrorism is thorough but nearly useless to people in the US. Anti-terrorism counter-measures are briefly mentioned and only for the wealthy (bullet proof vests?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Common sense...kinda basic Nov. 10 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I like the SAS series, but this book is very basic from an urban survival standpoint. I thought there would be more strategy from a tactical or counter insurgency perspective. That is not present in what I have read thus far. Not sure if there is something to compare this to but it is the weakest book I have read in this SAS series. Spend your money on something better.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
An excellent introduction to urban survival. Particularly useful chapters on personal security, self defence and securing your home or office. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in protecting themselves or their home.
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167 of 173 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thorough coverage of everyday hazards, but who needs it! Jan. 29 2001
By Clint Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After reading about this book, I looked high and low for it. "Written by a former SAS man after his experience in the military did little to prepare him for the dangers in civilian life." I expected a manual on self-defense, and their legal issues. (Something Nicolas Cage's character from "Con Air" could have used) After finally getting a copy, the book has little to do with what the catalog implied. The title byline reads "how to protect yourself from domestic accident, mugging, burglary and attack." Three of the four were in the same chapter! What we did get covers the dangers from stress, pollution, even lead paint to driving and safe sex to self defense and terrorism.
The book's good points are it covers amazing scope of subject matter. It doesn't linger on any one topic too long; it simply states the dangers involved with whatever hazard in a few paragraphs, then on to the next item. The book is organized very well and of course, being written like a military manual, the flow is very logical. The color sections on poisonous plants and dangerous animals are very informative. The section on self-defense is a great primer on the basics of fighting.
Unfortunately, that information will never be read. The data on household and city dangers is so vast one must wade thru the "don't do that's" we learned as a kid to find the rare bit of new and useful information. The chapter on the law is mostly for England and is ten years out of date. Especially on firearms in which the author, being former military, surprised me by having an anti-gun attitude.
The chapter on terrorism is thorough but nearly useless to people in the US. Anti-terrorism counter-measures are briefly mentioned and only for the wealthy (bullet proof vests?) who do not need this book as they have bodyguards.
As a military man myself (USMC), I can sympathize with his views on household dangers. In the military, people are briefed on how to safely handle dangerous machines and chemicals, often with mandatory wearing of safety gear (gloves, goggles, etc.) when using the chemicals. In civilian life, the only times warning labels and safety precautions are ever mentioned is in a lawsuit because of product misuse! In the military, you also know how to fight whom, while in civilian life you never know who will attack you but you can go to jail for hurting an attacker in self-defense.
However, I think the author had greatly overdone the coverage of every possible danger to ones health and safety, often to the point of paranoia. I cannot recommend this book to American readers. I gave it three stars because the information that is useful is *very* useful, but it only is only a small part of a big book. Besides, I am sure that all the good knowledge is in either the *SAS Survival Handbook (vol. 1)* or *Collins Gem SAS Self-Defence* especially the latter. It should contain everything the great self-defense section has with a little more detail.
P.s. I found it a amazing that this book, after a year of my searching never received a single review and now TWO people review it on the same day (I just knew I should have done this yesterday! :). I do not fault my follow reviewer, as being English; he or she may have found it more relevant. My review is more for American customers.
65 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a survival manual! March 25 2008
By K. Dye - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am a fan of "lofty's" other book, and as an avid survivalist I must at least let others who are like me know, that this book is more suited to the elderly.
It does not deal with any SAS style survival methods, and is very bland in any defense situations.
The actual basis of the book is urban survival which it does not deal with on any level other than making sure your windows are locked and your electric blanket is turned off at night to not start a fire.
Dissapointed is a kind word for what I was when actually sitting and reading this book.
Do not buy if survival in a urban setting is what you want to learn.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware not what you think March 13 2009
By B. Berry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Beware this book is not a survival guide. If you are looking for surviving in an urban environment after a disaster don't waste your money.

This book is filled with simple material such as Vit-C is good for a cold, don't leave toys on the ground or you could trip over them and don't run with tools because you could get hurt if you fall. If this is what your looking for the book does a great job with good illistrations and explains everything in detail. If you are looking for surviving in an urban environment after a disaster look elsewhere.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars SAS Urban Survival Short term..... May 27 2008
By Gregory A. Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This was disappointing for me because I expected more. Urban survival is long term in crisis not just 3 days in some instances; consider New Orleans after Katrina. I have the SAS Survival Manual to use as I will need it to vacate the city shortly there after. I would like the book to have more about securing food, water, shelter out of what you are left with in your neighborhood when there is a disaster. Like dangers to look out for, safety, security, avoiding pillagers and mobs, what and where to stockpile 6 months worth of food etc. I think this is Survival/crisis lite!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as much fun as the "SAS survival guide" Dec 12 2008
By RRR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Maybe I was expecting too much after reading the "SAS survival guide".
There is a lot of usefull information in this book, but don't expect to find as many clever tricks or knowledge as in the original.
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