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on August 20, 2015
Very informative! Highly recommended
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on March 26, 2015
I've owned this book for years now.
I don't usually look like an outdoorswoman, so people are often surprised to see this in my house. Upon their surprise I usually respond with something to the effect: "If I really were an outdoorswoman, I probably wouldn't need this book."
I found the contents very interesting and so have most people who've picked it up and flipped through.
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on January 17, 2014
Was a great read, received it promptly and in good condition. Good for bringing camping, hiking or any outdoorsy activity.
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on August 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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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 encompassing. Mr. Wiseman does a superb job in what he does deliver though.

A true survivalist who has no doubt been tested, he conveys his experiences and wisdom through a very to read and understand book. This book is ideal for any military person, camper who may find himself or herself ever in a situation wanting this wisdom.

I would purchase again having read and used the knowledge conveyed.
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on October 21, 2008
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.

One of the big things that people criticize (survival) books on is not being comprehensive. Well, if it was, it wouldn't be one book! It'd be an Encyclopedia!!

Lets face it - There are whole books written on just trees, mushrooms and wildlife I.D (Audubon Society series) , books on plants and what to do with them (The Magic and Medicine of plants), Survival trapping (too many to list), Map and Compass (Staying Found), Camping tips (Roughing it Easy) and on and on and on!

I mean really, If you're going to visit Egypt, get a book on Desert survival. Going to the North Pole? Get that book, Gonna take your yacht on a long cruise, get one on sea Survival...

But if you wanted one book that covers everything decently to well, out of all the survival books I've seen this is the One Book.

I think the author did a hell of a job condensing this into something that's not 50 lbs. It's basic enough for even the novice survivor to use, and it's got enough hard-core info for anyone else.

If you can only have one survival book, I would recommend this one. Otherwise, start your Library of all the survival books you can afford on every subject out there.
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on January 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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on November 26, 2006
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
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on March 10, 2006
This book is not at all intended to teach you how to operate like an SAS soldier as the last reviewer seems to believe. It is NOT a military manual, Rather it is a very good source of basic outdoor survival and safety information. I would definitly recommend this book to anyone interested in outdoor survival. I would also highly recommend "Survivng the Extremes" by Kenneth Kamler, MD. Which explores how the human body and mind can cope with extremes in environment and endurance.
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on April 28, 2004
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 insulting. This book is junk.
I would not recommend this book, absolute rubbish (trash), junk and totally inaccurate, so the SAS operate like this?? Hmmmm, I think not!!
Mike
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