Book Review of ‘The Ultimate Survival Manual – 333 Skills That Will Get You Out Alive’ by Rich Johnson
Ok before I even start this review I have to say – by far this is my favorite eh … survival book. Now granted this is coming from a woman’s point of view, but still.
Then I pulled the book from its package I was in awe of the breathtaking colored cover. Black, with sliver and red metallic details and embellishments of shiny chrome corner covers. This book is beautiful and I hadn’t even opened the cover yet. Disclaimer: Again – this is coming from a woman’s perspective – we love shiny things!
Now I must admit as I opened the book, I wasn’t so hip on the orange inter-covers but then remembered we are talking about a survival manual after all and orange does get your attention. Just sayin’.
This book is packed full of any and every aid, suggestion or tip you would need for practically any disaster survival situation. Really. I mean … like how to silence your gun with a soda bottle!? Really important things to know, when and, if ‘the poo’ ever hits the fan. In fact, there are 333 of these tips, well 332 because I just shared one with you.
What the author has done is cut the meat of ’how-tos’ out. No long drawn out descriptions or details, just the ‘meat’ of how-to-do something. I mean when you read some of these things you want to go out and try them right away. Heck you could even mark your calendar and do one almost every day of the year - excluding holidays of course. Just - kidding.
The book is full of colored photos to accompany each ‘how-to’ and I mean, even if you weren't into Disaster Survival it would make a great coffee-table book - the photos are that amazing.
Sheepishly, I have to admit, I would have been finished with this book review earlier but I kept going back over it (we are talking 333 skills ya know). The tips and suggestions are unbelievably simple and easy understand. And as we know sometimes ‘simple’ is the easiest way to explain things and to learn (especially with Disaster Survival newbies and some girls (I said “some”).
The book covers a whole range of topics on first-aid, wilderness survival, disasters, and urban survival. Let me give you another example: Bandage a Wound: Did you know that it takes 72 hours for the skin to close-up and become air tight. Me neither! Or here’s one: fish with your shirt. Now if someone said this to me, I would have thought, take your shirt and drag it through the water. And I would have been close. But what you do is put branches (poles) through the arm holes of the shirt and down through the body which makes for a bigger er …scoop or net. Hint: you may want to ask the person you are with if they want fish. If they eagerly say yes, then borrow’ their’ shirt for the fishing. *grin*
Now, this leads me to another great thing about this book. The author has an excellent sense of humor! Which only goes to show Disaster Survival does not have to be all Doom and Gloomy. It needs to be informative. To do this the author adds little “bubbles” of wisdom throughout the book, like for instance: “A basic rule of combustion: If it can burn, it will. Try not to get cremated until you’re already dead.” *giggle* or “Disasters are like IRS audits: They strike when you least expect it, and they instantly turn your world upside-down. Preparation is the key to survival.” Love these! He also includes these little ‘Do This-Not That’ and Statistic boxes to help you understand the ‘how and whys’ of doing things.
If ever there was a must have book for your Disaster Survival library, it would be ‘The Ultimate Survival Manual’ for both the experienced and novice preparedness-minded person. It not only covers the “run-of-the-mill’ disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and fires but includes things like self-defense tactics, weapons, knot tying, how to escape places and people, and … yes even how to take a blow to the body (ouch). And, the author speaks from experience. He was in the US Army Special Forces, a Coast Guard Auxiliary instructor, an EMT, a fire fighter, and a policeman, an advanced SCUBA diver, paratrooper, sailor, and skier, and survived in the desert wilderness for a year with his wife and small children—part of which involved living in a cave and eating bugs (okay that’s gross).
Get your copy of "The Ultimate Survival Manual" here:The Ultimate Survival Manual (Outdoor Life): 333 Skills that Will Get You Out Alive
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