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David Armstrong
08-01-2011, 14:49
This Fall I'm teaching a personal security class at the local university, with a focus on basics needed for survival and security these days. I'd like to give the students a recommended reading list. So, can I put you on the spot and ask if you were limited to 6 books and wanted to cover the widest gamut of survival instruction, what would you suggest?

JC Refuge
08-01-2011, 15:57
Good for you! And a great question.

While I do try to make time to read, I know there are far more excellent survival and security-related books out there than I am familiar with.

That said--I'll give it a quick go (based on what I have myself read):

1. The time-tested SAS Survival Handbook (http://www.amazon.com/SAS-Survival-Handbook-Revised-Situation/dp/0061733199/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1312235004&sr=1-1)

2. James Wesley Rawles' "How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It" (http://www.amazon.com/How-Survive-End-World-Know/dp/0452295831/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1312235146&sr=1-4)

3. "The US Military Pocket Survival Guide, plus Evasion & Recovery" (http://www.amazon.com/U-s-Military-Pocket-Survival-Guide/dp/1599214873/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1312235146&sr=1-7)

4. "Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills" (http://www.amazon.com/Back-Basics-Complete-Traditional-Skills/dp/1602392331/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1312235146&sr=1-11)

5. "Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival" (http://www.amazon.com/Browns-Field-Guide-Wilderness-Survival/dp/0425105725/ref=sr_1_37?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1312235485&sr=1-37)

6. And to wrap it up--a book that is not yet out that I am reviewing and enjoying and learning from right now ... it is supposed to be released Oct. 4: "How to Win a Fight; a Guide to Surviving Violence." (http://www.amazon.com/How-Win-Fight-Avoiding-Surviving/dp/1592406319/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1312235640&sr=1-1)

As I recall, each of these books is authoritative, factual and informative, as well as easily digested and enjoyed by those with an interest in such things.

David Armstrong
08-03-2011, 09:09
Great minds think alike<G>! I had the first two on my list already, and we are close on #3, as I had the US Army Survival Manual, but that Pocket Guide looks interesting. I'll check out the others also. Thanks!