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What 5 Books Would You Save

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posted on Sep, 2 2007 @ 01:48 PM
Nooooooooo don't ask me to limit it to just 5 it cant be done I tell you. It shoudn't be done, don't do this to us
. Ok I'll give it a try.

1: Robert A Heinlein Tunnel in the Sky

2: Pat Frank Alas, Babylon

3: David Graham Down to a Sunless Sea

4: Robert A. Heinlein The Day After Tomorrow

5: MIKE MOSCOE Lost Millennium Trilogy

Those are just my starters. I cant narrow it down. I love books and I love reading. I have as much as I can possibly have backed up by electronic means. I strongly recommend the first three on my list.

Originally posted by thelibra

  • Robert A. Heinlein's "Starship Troopers" (the book, not the movie)

  • Libra thats a good choice but for survival help the one I mentioned is better. Of course those two are not the only help full Heinlein books. I must give mention to
    1: The door into Summer.
    2: Farmer in the sky
    3: Friday
    4: Have Space suit-will travel
    5: I will fear no evil
    6: Stranger in a strange land
    Those are just my favorites.
    Of course we cant forget the chronicles Amber by roger Zelazny
    The Shannara series by Terry Brooks
    World of Tiers by Philip José Farmer
    The Incarnations of Immortally series by Piers Anthony
    The Sunset Warrior Cycle by Eric V. Lustbader
    Anything from Asprin.

    See I told ya I coudn't do it. Those are just a few of the the books I read for enjoyment. The list of books I read for knowledge is longer.

    posted on Sep, 2 2007 @ 02:41 PM

    Of course we cant forget the chronicles Amber by roger Zelazny


    I've never met anyone besides myself that has ever read those...

    What a wonderful read...


    posted on Sep, 2 2007 @ 06:06 PM
    reply to post by semperfortis

    Really? Everybody in my family has read them. Its one of our favorite series. I espically enjoy the visual guide to castle Amber very much, most amber fans haven't read that one thow because its not a story. If you havent read the world of tiers series give that a shot. Its not as refined as the Amber chronicles but still a rousing good story.

    posted on Sep, 2 2007 @ 06:29 PM
    Have to pick re-readable ones for sure:

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

    2. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

    3. The Histories by Herodotus

    4. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

    5. The Ethical Religion of Zoroaster by Miles Meander Dawson

    That should keep me going until I starve, die from radiation poisoning or get eaten by survivalists.

    posted on Sep, 4 2007 @ 03:15 PM
    1) Where there are no Doctors.

    2) Medical Herbalism

    3.) Emergency War Surgery

    4.) FM 21-76 Military Survival Guide

    5.) Bradford Angier's Edible Wild Plants

    posted on Sep, 15 2007 @ 05:24 AM

    1. My bug out binder with info on medical, herbal, food growing/saving/cooking/storing, animal care/kill/and processing, and other survival topics. (do I get to count that as one? Kinda sneaky) =)
    2. Bible
    3. Dune 1-6 by Frank Herbert (duct-taped together to count as one?? pretty please?)
    4. Back to Basics (reader's digest, has a little bit of everything including knitting, weaving, and basic simple home skills)
    5. A big Dictionary (Math we will use daily, grammar will fall by the waysides unless we teach the children.)

    And in the thread tradition of sneaking in book #6 I'll probably add "Alas, Babylon" the minute I read it.

    Great thread=)

    edited for format: again..sorry

    [edit on 15-9-2007 by anahna muss]

    posted on Sep, 15 2007 @ 09:39 AM
    reply to post by anahna muss

    Your also gonna wan to read David Graham Down to a Sunless Sea as well as alas Babalon. trust me on this

    posted on Dec, 1 2007 @ 09:17 AM

    Originally posted by AGENT_T
    1 Fly Fishing by J R Hartley

    2 101 Things to Do with a Cake Mix By Stephanie Ashcraft

    3 Asterix and the big fight

    4 Penthouse xmas 2002

    5 Teach Yourself Javascript in 24 Hours By Michael G. Moncur

    brilliant!! lol
    got two of those, cant find one, and not interested in Cake or java

    definate book would be 'Zen Flesh Zen Bones' by Paul Reps
    also 'Because a little Bug went Kachoo' by Rosetta Stone

    then anything by Ray Mears or Bear Grylls and army survival types

    posted on Dec, 1 2007 @ 09:26 AM
    1) Anything by Og Mandino

    2) Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People"

    3) Book on Home Remidies

    4) Complete Encyclopedia since "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it."

    5) Survival Guide

    posted on Dec, 1 2007 @ 11:39 AM
    1: Marine Diesel engine repair manual
    2: Working steam engines - a practical guide
    3: Structural Engineer's Pocketbook
    4: 'The Art of War' by Sun Tzu
    5: Ancient and Medieval Siege Weapons: A Fully Illustrated Guide to Siege Weapons and Tactics

    ...and just to be awkward and bend the rules of the game...

    6) 'The Prince' by Niccolo Macchiavelli

    [edit on 1-12-2007 by citizen smith]

    posted on Dec, 1 2007 @ 01:03 PM
    Since you made me think I doubled the pleasure by choosing only from my current library. Just in case I ever had to make this decision for real.

    1) RSV Bible with notes by Bullinger
    2) Back to Basics by Reader's Digest
    3) Listen to Your Body by Michand & Anastas
    4) Tempering, Heat Treating, Blacksmithing, and Forging by I.C.S. Reference Library
    5) Student Calculator Math Book by Texas Instruments (or Calculus text but it is really heavy)

    Optional 6th book The Columbia Encyclopedia in One Volume.

    Great Thread

    posted on Dec, 1 2007 @ 01:54 PM
    Don Quijote by Miguel Cervantes
    William Shakespeare's Collected works (in Very Small Font)
    History of western philosophy by Bertrand Russell
    The World's Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the World's Religions by Phillip Novak
    Eastern Philosophy: The Greatest Thinkers And Sages

    posted on Dec, 8 2007 @ 06:36 AM
    1984 and Animal Farm definitly
    Just to show them how not to run a civilisation, should they need to start a new one up.

    posted on Dec, 8 2007 @ 08:24 PM
    Of those I have not seen mentioned:

    Basic Wilderness Survival Skills - Bradford Angier

    Planet -X, Comets & Earth Changes - James M. McCanney

    Wilderness Shelters - Bradford Angier

    Worlds in Collision - Immanuel Velikovsky

    Animal Farm - George Orwell

    posted on Dec, 14 2007 @ 10:18 AM
    1 food for free.....collins gem
    2 sas survival guide....colins gem (these two are always in my hand bag! and in my eyes count as one)
    3 complete guide to self suficancy
    4 identifying and harvesting medicinal plants (in the wild and not so wild places)
    5 a ray mears bushcraft book...suvival.
    6 chronical of the world.....but only if i had room for a tomb, lol
    these books speak for themselves
    m xx

    [edit on 14-12-2007 by morganathefey]

    posted on Dec, 14 2007 @ 11:06 AM
    Some really interesting choices here, but I wonder though, If your 5 books define the basis of the post-X society that you found, what would it say about you? what form of social order would you create based on your choice of paper-based knowledge?

    posted on Dec, 14 2007 @ 12:53 PM
    All right, I saw "Animal Farm"; George Orwell already listed. That is a definite must. so...

    1. "Animal Farm"; George Orwell
    2. The most recent and comprehensive edition of the Oxford English dictionary.
    3. "American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants"
    by Christopher Brickell
    4. The Anarchist cookbook(the original). I had to decide whether or not this would be a valid choice, but in a non-democratic survival situation, this has the potential to offer some good defensive tips.
    5. Something that is funny..(Calvin and Hobbes was a good choice that was posted earlier). Laughter would be essential.

    [edit on 14-12-2007 by MemoryShock]

    posted on Dec, 14 2007 @ 01:22 PM
    1. Boy Scout Handbook
    2. Living Off The Land In The City And Country by Ragnar Benson
    3. The Federalist Papers By Thomas Jefferson
    4. 50$ And Up Underground House Book by Mike Oehler
    5 .No matter what anyone else says The Bible first and foremost. Read it you might be surprised what info there could help you survive.



    I forgot that the Foxfire series is full of what you need and how to do it.

    edit for p.s.

    [edit on 14-12-2007 by reluctantpawn]

    posted on Dec, 14 2007 @ 01:34 PM
    Of course The Bible would be the main book, it's the only one that really matters, and I think "The Grapes Of Wrath" could be a good book, telling how the family made it through the great depression, etc.

    posted on Dec, 14 2007 @ 01:56 PM

    Originally posted by Blueangel7
    Of course The Bible would be the main book, it's the only one that really matters be thrown on the campfire (along with the Torah and Quran and other such works) to keep everyone equally warm, sure!

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