posted on Sep, 1 2007 @ 02:51 PM
1) The Bible. Like it or not, some of the better ideas in the last 5000 years are found here.
2) When Technology Fails (2007 edition) by Matthew Stein. Great book, covers basic machine and metallurgy, all designed to be done in a primitive
3) The Encyclopedia of Country Living (9th Edition) by Carla Emry. Great book that covers not only gardening and ranching, but also building
shelters, well, preservation, and several hundred other topics. 9th Edition is best as it includes websites and mail order listings for more
4) Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook by James Talmage Stevens. Excellent resource for dealing with less than end of
civilization disasters. Teaches people how to do more with less, not just in food and clothing, but in many areas.
5) No Such Thing As Doomsday, by Philip L. Hoag. This is probably the most expensive book in my library that is not 100+ years old or a college
textbook, but it is worth every penny. This is the best book I've read for dealing with the psychological impact of survival and disaster. As well
as practical information, it also includes information on nuclear threat, biological warfare, chemical warfare, and also about leading people through
catastrophe in one piece.
It was hard not to also include the SAS Survival Handbook, especially since I have a copy both in my library and in my 72 hour bag. However, this
book is only designed to keep you alive in the short term, without consideration to long term survival or rebuilding community. For those of us who
like to keep reference around for those first few days after the big one, it is a must have tool. Those who have added fiction to the list, I agree
Starship Troopers, 1984, and A Brave New World are worth titles to keep, as long as we keep in reference the mindset that got us to those places.