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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 5 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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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great little handbook - fits nicely into any camp set ..., Nov. 17 2014
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Great little handbook - fits nicely into any camp set - has some info I'm not likely to use, as I was looking for something to help me with basic survival knowledge, but seems to provide everything I do need, in a fairly good medium. Would recommend to anyone wanting to learn basic outdoor skills. I look forward to using this knowledge come spring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most useful book I have ever bought!, Oct. 3 2014
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Everyone should read this. Especially if you do a lot of hiking and camping in the wilderness. So many useful tips that will keep you living rather than dying. This book also has great colour pictures and diagrams in some parts to help you identify important things in a survival situation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good survival book!, Aug. 19 2014
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Nice little reading! It might be a little over the top if you just go camping, but the knowledge in this book is never truly lost, as it could save your life! If you like TV series about surviving in the wild, this book is right up your alley!
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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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