This book contains lots of lists and reference material. Though I love audiobooks and usually prefer listening, that's just not a good way to consume this material.Also, if you're into preparedness, this End Of The World stuff can be useful. But there are many critics of this relatively extreme Mad Max approach. These TEOTWAWKI situations are unlikely and impossible to assess in advance. It seems more sensible to focus on regional and personal emergencies, which are better understood and much more likely to occur. The end result would be similar, with less focus on tactics to handle outright societal breakdown and chaos. Just one man's opinion, based on my research and understanding.
For me the most interesting part of the book was the section on Ham Radio, and basic medical techniques in disasters.
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This book has a lot of good, practical information. It doesn't matter if you're an experienced prepper or new to it and want to find out what it is all about.
It is probabaly one of the most comprehensive guides to prepping I've found. It does a good job of opening peoples eyes. It goes beyond owning a gun and having a 10 year supply of toilet paper.
Mr. Hill does a good job of presenting the information.
Not everything in this book is going to be usefull to everyone. It is predominantly designed around someone that has a retreat to go to in times of strife which is not practical for everyone. Even if you are locked in the inner city or suburbs being prepared can only help the situation no matter what happens. Everytime a hurricane or some such catastrophy hits you always see people on some news broadcast tearfully pleading for government help, wondering why they still have no heat or clean water after 5 weeks. This book will help you not be this person. Prepping is different for everyone. It doesn't necessarily mean donning the camoflage and traipsing around the backyard with an AR-15. If everyone just focused on having the basics, a good supply of food, water, shelter, heat and sanitation. We would all be better off in a crisis. Rather than looting from one another we'd all be in positions to help one another in a crisis. I realize this ideal scenario is unlikely. In addition, you have shows like "Doomsday Prepper" showcasing the nutcases on the fringe of prepping society, propegating the idea that prepping is for crazy people. I would just say that, no matter what your situation, you can find good, helpful information in this book that will allow you to be better prepared during a disaster. While the audio version is great, it is also practical to get a hard copy so you can have access to the lists, and details that just can't be obsorbed and retained via audio.
James Wesley Rawls has created one of the best books for preparing for TEOTWAWKI The book is a great reference. Everyone should have a copy in their survival kit.
I picked this up on the daily deal or some other sale and decided it was worth the risk of a couple of dollars. I think any book has to be worth a couple of dollars, but even at that, this one was pretty borderline. The author provides a lot of general hints and everyday "common sense" but mostly unrealistic suggestions about things like buy bulk grain and store your bulk grain so that rodents can't get to it. Be careful with guns and sharp objects, and try not to get hurt. I had hoped for some tidbits of interesting information about water or power systems or something, but there seemed to be little of that in this book. If you just won the powerball and want to use your new found millions to buy a retreat and become the new Howard Hughes then this book might be for you. Otherwise, unless you really do not know where corn and wheat and eggs come from or that its a good idea to have as much Red Cross training as possible for emergencies, I don't think most people are going to get much of interest out of it. I just did not get a lot of real information/content out of this book.
The reader comes across like some arrogant ultra right-winger. Personally I find the tactics too conservative and too pessimistic. Sounds too much of a doomsday scenario to me.
Maybe there's no sane way to write about this topic but this guy is seriously wacko. And I just couldn't go down that road with him. I tried, but when he suggested stockpiling drums of gasoline at the homes of friends and family (in case you don't have enough to get to your secret safe hideout/bunker in Idaho) I just had to cut my losses. Creepy!!
This was like a military manual, not compelling at all, in fact I still have not finished it because I have already wasted like 2 hours of my life that I can not get back. NO MORE. In fact I deleted it off my iPhone for good measure.
For every interesting bit of survivalist advice you have to listen to 15 minutes of raving nonsense. Didn't have the patience to finish it. Would have been better if it had been a lot more technical, but for that to have happened the author would have to be a lot more intelligent.
Screenwriter, director, parent, wife, AVID reader, and Audible addict.
Although the content of the book is at times very interesting, even useful, I found the almost snobbish "if you knew what I know" tone of the author to be off-putting. Even creepy.