Homestead and Survival Book Recommendations

Homestead and Survival Book Recommendations:

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The “First Tier” Recommendations

  1. KJV Version Reference Bible with Apocrypha
  2. First Aid — (American Red Cross Handbook) Responding To Emergencies
  3. Strategic Relocation–North American Guide to Safe Places by Joel and Andrew Skousen
  4. Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook by David Werner
  5. Where There Is No Dentist by Murray Dickson
  6. The Encyclopedia of Country Living (Tenth Edition) by Carla Emery (See review, below)
  7. Making the Best of Basics – Family Preparedness Handbook by James Talmage Stevens
  8. Ball Blue Book of Preserving
  9. Cookin’ with Home Storage by Vicki Tate
  10. Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson H. Kearney (Available for free download.)
  11. The Alpha Strategy by John Pugsley. (Out of print, but a PDF is available for free download.)
  12. Boston’s Gun Bible by Boston T. Party (See review, below)
  13. Survival Guns by Mel Tappan
  14. Tappan on Survival by Mel Tappan


The “Second Tier” List of Recommended Specialty Books:

  1. Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables by Mike Bubel
  2. Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition by Abigail R. Gehring
  3. Putting Food By (Plume) by Janet Greene
  4. Stocking Up: The Third Edition of America’s Classic Preserving Guide by Carol Hupping
  5. Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton
  6. Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times by Steve Solomon
  7. All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
  8. Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth
  9. Small-Scale Grain Raising by Gene Logsdon
  10. How to Find Your Ideal Country Home: A Comprehensive Guide by Gene GeRue
  11. Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money by Dolly Freed
  12. Starting a New Life in Rural America: 21 Things You Need to Know Before You Make Your Move by Ragnar Benson
  13. The Fifty Dollar and Up Underground House Book by Mike Oehler
  14. Emergency War Surgery (NATO Handbook:- Third United States Revision, 2004)by Dr. Martin Fackler, et al.
  15. PDR for Nonprescription Drugs, Dietary Supplements, and Herbs, 2008  (See review, below)
  16. Physicians Drug Handbook
  17. Physicians’ Desk Reference 2009 (PDR, 63rd Edition)
  18. The Merck Veterinary Manual
  19. Where There Is No Vet by Bill Forse
  20. The ARRL Operating Manual For Radio Amateurs (ARRL Operating Manual)
  21. Passport to World Band Radio, 2009 Edition
  22. Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry Dean Olsen
  23. Essential Bushcraft by Ray Mears
  24. SAS Survival Handbook by John “Lofty” Wiseman
  25. Ultimate Sniper 2006 : An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers (2006 Updated Edition) by Maj. John L. Plaster
  26. Total Resistance by H. von Dach
  27. The Survivor book series by Kurt Saxon. Many are out of print in hard copy, but they are all available on DVD. Here, I must issue a caveat lector (“reader beware”): Mr. Saxon has some very controversial views that I do not agree with. Among other things he is a eugenicist.


Other Nonfiction Books Recommended:

  1. The Little Black Book of Violence by Lawrence A. Kane and Kris Wilder
  2. Engineer Field Data (FM 5-34) (U.S. Army manual)
  3. U.S. Army Ranger Handbook (U.S. Army manual)
  4. Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival by Jack A. Spigarelli
  5. Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation
  6. The Foxfire Book series (in 11 volumes, but the first five are the best)
  7. When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency by Matthew Stein 
  8. Preparedness Now!: An Emergency Survival Guide (Expanded and Revised Edition) by Aton Edwards
  9. Five Acres and Independence: A Handbook for Small Farm Management by Maurice G. Kains
  10. How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier
  11. The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman
  12. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Wilderness Survival
  13. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking
  14. Tom Brown’s Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants (Field Guide)
  15. Ditch Medicine: Advanced Field Procedures For Emergencies by Hugh Coffee
  16. Living Well on Practically Nothing by Ed Romney
  17. The Secure Home by Joel Skousen
  18. Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life, by Neil Strauss
  19. 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive by Cody Lundin
  20. When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikesby Cody Lundin
  21. The Last Hundred Yards: The NCO’s Contribution to Warfareby John Poole
  22. Camping & Wilderness Survival: The Ultimate Outdoors Book by Paul Tawrell
  23. Engineer Field Data (US Army FM 5-34) –Available online free of charge, with registration, but I recommend getting a hard copy. preferably with the heavy-duty plastic binding.
  24. Great Livin’ in Grubby Times by Don Paul
  25. Just in Case by Kathy Harrison
  26. Storey’s Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance by John & Martha Storey
  27. Adventure Medical Kits A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicineby Eric A. Weiss, M.D
  28. Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Green Resource for Every Gardener  
  29. Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook (it superceded the very out-of-date ST 31-91B)
  30. Wilderness Medicine, 5th Edition by Paul S. Auerbach
  31. Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Longby Elliot Coleman
  32. Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition by Abigail R. Gehring
  33. The Weed Cookbook: Naturally Nutritious – Yours Free for the Taking! by Adrienne Crowhurst
  34. The Modern Survival Retreat by Ragnar Benson
  35. Last of the Mountain Men by Harold Peterson
  36. Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills: Naked into the Wilderness by John McPherson
  37. LDS Preparedness Manual, edited by Christopher M. Parrett
  38. The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century by James H. Kunstler
  39. Principles of Personal Defense – Revised Edition by Jeff Cooper
  40. Survival Poaching by Ragnar Benson
  41. The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses by Eliot Coleman

“Be Ready to Barter” Reference Book List:

  1. Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms and Their Values
  2. Blue Book of Gun Values
  3. The Official Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins 2009
  4. 2009 Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-2000
  5. 2010 Standard Catalog of World Coins 2001-Date
  6. Antique Trader – Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide
  7. Wristwatch Annual 2009: The Catalog of Producers, Prices, Models, and Specifications
  8. Jewelry & Gems the Buying Guide: How to Buy Diamonds, Pearls, Colored Gemstones, Gold & Jewelry With Confidence And Knowledge
  9. Rawles on Retreats and Relocation” — this book has details on selecting the locale for a self-sufficient survival retreat.
  10. “How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It“. A detailed guide to family preparedness for turbulent times

Recommended Books on Current Events and Economics

  1. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable  by Nick Taleb
  2. Government By Emergency by Dr. Gary North
  3. Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit From the Economic Collapse by Peter Schiff
  4. Financial Armageddon: Protecting Your Future from Four Impending Catastrophesby Michael J. Panzner
  5. When Giants Fall: An Economic Roadmap for the End of the American Era by Michael J. Panzner
  6. The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide by Martin Weiss
  7. Financial Reckoning Day Fallout: Surviving Today’s Global Depression by Addison Wiggin and Bill Bonner
  8. The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century by James H. Kunstler

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