| Ford Church

NPR Contributor Recommends Survival Books

If you didn’t catch it, NPR had a report called Stranded? Three Books To Save Your Life on All Things Considered. Jake Halpern found himself deep in the backcountry of New Zealand with his wife on their honeymoon. When another family accidentally ate all of their food while they were on a day hike, they found themselves in an interesting survival situation in the middle of nowhere for a week without food.

After surviving the ordeal, and I am assuming his marriage, Jake read up on the survival genre and recommended three survival books: 1. The Complete Worst Case Scenario Handbook. 2. When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive when Disaster Strikes, by Cody Lundin. 3. SAS Survival Handbook.

In my opinion, The Complete Worst Case Scenario Handbook is a novelty book and should only be purchased for your amusement and entertainment, not to save your life. Cody Lundin is legit and a friend and I highly recommend When All Hell Breaks Loose for urban survival and his other book 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive! for wilderness survival. The SAS Survival Handbook is also a good buy for a military perspective on wilderness survival.

Question: What are your 3 favorite survival books and why?


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One Response to “NPR Contributor Recommends Survival Books”

  1. Ford Church

    Here are my top 3 survival book recommendations that should be in everyone’s library:
    1. 98.6 Degrees, The Art Of Keeping Your Ass Alive, by Cody Lundin. Sarcastic and funny to read, but definitely chock full of practical, sound advice for surviving and great information about survival kits.
    2. Bushcraft, by Mors Kochanski. Mors is a northwoods survival genius from the Canadian bush has tons of knowledge and information to share. This book includes great illustrations to demonstrate skills and includes information on survival during the winter months.
    3. Tom Brown’s Field Guide To Wilderness Survival, by Tom Brown. This has solid information, good illustrations, and great stories about his own experience learning survival skills while growing up in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.


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