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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of a huge range of survival topics
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...
Published on Feb. 19 2011 by A. Volk

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3.0 out of 5 stars Tiny book with TONS of info
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of a huge range of survival topics, Feb. 19 2011
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A. Volk (Canada) - See all my reviews
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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. Then knowledge/skill. Then gear. This agrees with what I've read in every other book on the topic. So while this book is an important book to read for those interested in survival, it's just a (good & easy to read) starting point for cultivating the skills, and more importantly the will, to survive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, April 26 2013
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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 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
This review is from: SAS Survival Guide 2e (Collins Gem): For Any Climate, for Any Situation (Paperback)
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
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This review is from: SAS Survival Guide 2e (Collins Gem): For Any Climate, for Any Situation (Paperback)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, June 3 2014
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Great read! Lots of information, pictures, tips and realistic survival ideas.
Bought it to keep in our go packs and or camper for just in case. If you have this book when the world goes to crap, you will for sure be ahead of the game!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loov the book, April 15 2014
This review is from: SAS Survival Guide 2e (Collins Gem): For Any Climate, for Any Situation (Paperback)
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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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD -- concise, cheap, reliable. BAD -- bad pics, outdated, no depth, no app, Feb. 25 2014
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*Owned both the pocket and full versions, as well I have purchased the app for android.

PROS

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.

CONS

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...

*Years ago this book would have earned a 4-5 star rating, but nowadays modern publishing has enabled the production of cheap, user friendly graphics, waterproof paper etc, that is tailored to your environment. It simply isn't the most practical, and I would give it a 2.5 if I could.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, Feb. 15 2014
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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.
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