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Top 10 Survival Books 2016

Perfect for campers, hikers and every one outdoors adventurers, reading one or additional of those survival books might create the distinction between a torturesome trip into the wild and returning home safely.


#10.The Total Outdoorsman Manual (10th Anniversary Edition) (Field & Stream)


The Total Outdoorsman Manual is the ultimate guide book for the outdoors enthusiast, packed with hundreds of practical tips and techniques from T. Edward Nickens and the experts at Field & Stream magazine, that is guaranteed to improve your hunting, fishing, camping and survival skills. This special edition, issued for the 10th anniversary of the Total Outdoorsman Challenge has all the content readers love, plus 50 new activities that can help anyone compete in the Challenge.

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#9.Extreme Weather (Outdoor Life): 214 Tips for Surviving Nature's Worst


Extreme weather has the ability to leave us devastated, but with the easy-to-follow Extreme Weather Survival Manual you’ll be ready for anything Mother Nature throws at you. Dennis Mersereau and the editors of Outdoor Life magazine offer their life saving advice to help you survive blizzards, hurricanes, firestorms and much more.

As a weather reporter, it’s only natural that Dennis Mersereau is a self-proclaimed weather freak. Slate.com said of him, “Don’t mess with the Mersereau. He will find your weather fables and he will crush them . . .

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#8.Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival


Longtime wilderness educator Mors Kochanski has dedicated his life to learning and teaching about the lore of the forest. With clear instructions, extensive use of diagrams and a color photo supplement, this comprehensive reference includes all the practical skills and knowledge essential for you to survive and enjoy the wilderness:

* Lighting and maintaining a fire
* Chopping wood and felling a tree
* Creating a shelter and keeping warm
* Safe use of the axe and bush knife
* Plants and animals important for survival
* Food, water and outdoor cooking
* Wilderness first aid.

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#7.The Hunting & Gathering Survival Manual: 221 Primitive & Wilderness Survival Skills


A manual for the modern hunter-gatherer, Outdoor Life 's Hunting & Gathering Survival Manual will teach you everything you need to know about foraging, hunting, and cooking in the wild. From finding wild edible plants to subsistence hunting, you'll learn how to live off the land while hunting like a caveman—and eating like a king. With high-quality design, intricate detail, and a durable flexicover—this manual is the perfect gift!

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#6.The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Life-saving Structures for Every Climate and Wilderness Situation


You can survive a couple of weeks without food and a few days without water, but in some cases, you would be lucky to survive one night without shelter.

With structures ideally suited for any weather condition, this book presents emergency shelter designs built from a variety of elements, including 100 percent gathered items, a combination of natural and store-bought supplies and even durable construction materials.

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#5.The Boy's Book of Adventure: The Little Guidebook for Smart and Resourceful Boys


Here's an exciting book packed with facts about nature, ideas for outdoor activities, and fun-to-do crafts projects that will keep boys interested and busy all year around. It's filled with color illustrations and diagrams that teach kids--
How to recognize different kinds of insects and observe their activities
How to identify different kinds of rocks
How to read a topographic map
How to construct a camper's backpack
How to tie sailors' knots
How to build a periscope . . . and much more

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#4.The Ultimate Survival Manual (Outdoor Life): 333 Skills that Will Get You Out Alive


Whether you’re lost in the woods, facing an armed insurrection, or preparing for a hurricane, the experts at Outdoor Life magazine are the people you want on your side. This book is the one you need if you want to protect your family, save yourself, and prevail over any danger.

Your Go-To Guide for Surviving Anything

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#3.SAS Survival Guide 2E (Collins Gem): For any climate, for any situation


SAS Survival Guide 2E is the revised and updated edition of the world’s preeminent survival guide, covering everything from basic first aid and campcraft to strategies for coping with any type of disaster. Long considered the supreme handbook for outdoor skills and preparedness, this new edition—expanded by renowned survival expert John “Lofty” Wiseman to include information on all of the latest navigation and survival technology—is a must-have for all campers, hikers, boaters, and adventurers.

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#2.Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival


The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry! Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors. Based on the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages--this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness.

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#1.Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine: Expert Consult - Online and Print, 4e


Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine - based on Dr. Auerbach’s critically acclaimed text Wilderness Medicine - offers fast-access solutions to all of the medical situations that can occur in non-traditional settings. From backpack to kayak, or on any mobile device, this indispensable, compact survival guide is detailed enough to cover the clinical presentation and treatment of a full range of wilderness emergencies!

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The Power Behind A Survival Book

If you always had the lifelong dream of becoming Bear Grylls, then listen up! Sleeping inside dead camels and eating giant spiders does not always merit your own TV show, but you can learn similar skills for prospering in the wild.

Studying survival skills with a top-grade manual could one day save your skin.

Some people are left asking, "When will I ever find myself lost in the Panamanian jungle with nothing but a slingshot and a rusty pocket knife?" That's the joy of life! You never know when that spontaneous moment might strike, but when it does, you sure will be prepared!

As the saying goes, "Knowledge is power!"

Learn the survivalist skills of the elite SAS or unlock the medicines that natural plants give to those who know its secrets buried deep within. Reading a training manual, you receive expert advice that prepares you. The ultimate principle behind a lot of these books is how you reconnect with nature.

While not everyone will find themselves in an actual survival-based setting, having the knowledge to camp with little resources, and survive, becomes a reward of independence. Survivalist skills teach you determination and resourcefulness that help you succeed in everyday situations.

If you find yourself stranded in Mordor (crossing my fingers for that Bear Grylls episode), reading a survival manual can teach you fire making skills, snare and trap skills and plant identification skills that mean the difference between life and death.

Here are some other reasons to buy a survival book and start practicing survivalist skills.

How Does One Choose The Right Survival Book?


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First thing you need to know is that if the book is so boring that it causes you to go into survival mode (i.e. dying of boredom) that is not what was meant by survivalist skills. You want to add fuel to your fiery love of survivalism, not put a fire hose on your enthusiasm.

A second thing you need to know? Zombies—you want to avoid zombie survivalist books in the same way that you would avoid an actual zombie. Chainsaws, baseball bats, and 12-gauge shotguns are a perfectly acceptable response, and if you can find a katana, then for the love of humanity, show that book who's boss!

The problem with zombie survivalist books is that they have been written for entertainment purposes. Nothing wrong with that, but in terms of actual survivalist skills, you will be left in the dark. Another thing that you should always do before buying a survival book would be to check out the reviews.

We have done thorough research on the backgrounds of these books to help point you in the right direction. They have a solid reputation, but you still need to look at the books that will meet your survival goals. For example, if you want a book that will be an inexpensive starting point as a survivalist, then the Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine would be out of the question, but the SAS Survival Guide may be perfect.

Remember: the happiest customer is an informed customer. Know your goals ahead of time and align your purchase with them.

What else should you look for in a survivalist book? The big thing would be clear illustrations and a book that has been organized and well written. Especially with a survivalist book, you want the illustrations in color so that you can easily identify wilderness plants and animals and know what to avoid and what will serve as a medicine.

Illustrations in color also help to avoid miscommunication when you are designing a trap that could lead to a failed attempt or injury. If you are just starting out, you also want a book that has been written in layman's terms for easy understanding.

So, make a list of what you're expecting out a survival book, and take it from there. You don't spit into the wind, right?

A Compressed History on the Survival Book


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Prior to publications of survival books, key survival ideas were passed between conversations, mostly exaggerated, about men living in the wild. A few household names that come to mind are, but not limited to, Kit Carson, Daniel Boone, and Jeremiah Johnson.

The modern survivalism movement first kicked off in the 1930s in the United States and the United Kingdom because of the threat of nuclear war.

However, we did not really see a survivalist book until the late 1960s when everyone felt increasingly concerned about the growing rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Harry Browne first started giving seminars on how people could survive a monetary collapse in 1967. After that, Don Stephens, regarded as a founding father of modern survivalism, wrote the book Retreater's Bibliography, which he gave to each participant at his seminar.

During the 1970s, the survivalist movement took on a new flavor where it focused on the oil crisis of 1973. A lot of the survivalist reading material of this time focused on food storage.

In the 1980s, the United States and the Soviet Union said, "Hey! I liked fighting with you so much in the 1950s and 1960s that I say we renew this old squabble." Wouldn't you know it, that kicked off the arms race of the early 1980s.

As a result, Ragnar Benson suggested living off the land in rural areas in 1982 with his popular book Live off the Land in the City and Country.

In the present day, many TV shows have capitalized on the survivalist beliefs, and the Internet has continued to fuel the popularity of survivalist books, but you have to understand that survivalist books have a lot of different flavors and some are more practical than others.

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