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SAS Survival Guide [Paperback]

John 'Lofty' Wiseman
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Feb. 16 2006 Collins Gem

This is the definitive guide for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers, including:

  • First aid and wilderness medicine
  • Building shelter and making fire
  • Hunting and trapping
  • Pocket survival kit
  • Disaster preparedness


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About the Author

John 'Lofty' Wiseman served in the British Special Air Service (SAS) for twenty-six years. The SAS Survival Handbook is based on the training techniques of this world-famous elite fighting force.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survive- anywhere. Jan. 17 2008
Format:Paperback
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for general use, with a few glaring problems Oct. 31 2003
By Peter
Format:Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, "must have" book June 13 2003
Format:Paperback
The "SAS Survival Handbook" is the most comprehensive survival handbook I have ever seen. Most books have some basic advice (the importance of the correct mental attitude, finding water and shelter, etc.), a handful of edible plants, and a couple of ways to start a fire. While this book covers all those areas, it also has sections on camp craft, determining directions, rescue signals, dealing with different climates and terrains, reading clouds for weather prediction, and many others. A good example of the thoroughness of the coverage would be the food section. It covers your energy needs and how they are met from various foods, testing unknown plants in desperate situations, plants to avoid, identification of plants, using animals for food, extensive and detailed trapping mechanisms, fishing, gutting and cleaning, and other advice. The number, types, and detail on the various traps are amazing. I've never seen so many different designs. It includes several that I have not seen anywhere else before. I would consider this the authoritative text on survival skills in the wild and give it the highest recommendation for anyone interested in survival techniques.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book everyone should have! Dec 17 2002
Format:Paperback
This survival book is rivaled by few others. It covers basically everything you would need to know should you find yourself out in the wilds without help from civilization. The color illustrations are a great reference and the book also includes some useful information on coping with domestic survival situations. The main drawback to the book is that for Americans (like me) it is written in British style English using many vocabulary words which most folks who learned American English would have a hard time with. Of course, this is understandable given that the author is British and served with Britian's SAS. There are certain areas which could use some more thorough explaining, atlhough for its length, this book is pretty detailed. All in all, it is worth every penny, baht or pound you would spend on it and should be read by anybody who ventures outdoors. Not only is it informative, but it's also entertaining as the author does throw in some humor of his own. My hat is off to to the author! A great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and Understandable May 6 2000
Format:Paperback
This is truly an important book for everyone to read at least once in their life. Given, most people will never end up in a situation where skills described in the SAS Survival Book will be required, but don't be cocky...learn the skills from this book and rest easy knowing that you have the background knowledge to make it in the outdoors without modern conveniences. This book covers it all -forest, desert, ocean, island, artic/arctic, mountain, tropical, temperate- you name it, this book will get through the hard times with no problem. This book HAS saved lives in the past, but many have also died in unexpected situations where the knowledge found in these pages could have saved them. I don't think anyone wants to end up classified in the latter. Get the SAS Survival Guide and read up. Someday you may look back at purchasing this book and realize it was the most important decision you ever made in your life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Was a great read, received it promptly and in good condition. Good for bringing camping, hiking or any outdoorsy activity.
Published 7 months ago by Natasha
5.0 out of 5 stars SAS Handbook
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2011 by Yakaboochi
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good - not the end all
As mentioned through other reviews particularly Peter, this book is not the end all. To compile a book about every environment that one may encounter would be quite lengthy and... Read more
Published on June 8 2010 by Chris J. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars the ONE book
I'm also a big fan of this book. I also have the Collins Gem version so I can put into my backpack when I feel like trying out something else. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2008 by J-Rod
5.0 out of 5 stars SAS Survival Guide
sooooooo useful!

My mom bought it for every members in my family before we go to camp!

I learn a lot!!

Good Book For Everyone To Read
Published on Nov. 26 2006 by KoGoMayBelline
4.0 out of 5 stars An informative basic manual
This book is not at all intended to teach you how to operate like an SAS soldier as the last reviewer seems to believe. Read more
Published on March 10 2006 by Corey Bain
1.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm, So This is the SAS, Sorry All Wrong!
This book is awful, to assume the British SAS operate and work in this manner is complete rubbish, and a further insult to my experience, to use the title "SAS" I find... Read more
Published on April 28 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for some environments, not all
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003 by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
I think this is an awesome book but the one thing i would change is the illustrations of the snares because I found them alittle hard to understand but other then that it's a great... Read more
Published on July 21 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Reference!
I teach hunter education for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and base many parts of my lecture dealing with survival on parts of this book. Read more
Published on May 2 2003 by Jimmy Bryan
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