How good is your survival library

Discussion in 'General Preparedness Discussion' started by bunkerbob, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. bunkerbob

    bunkerbob Supporting Member

    How good is your survival library really. CDs are ok, lots of info on a disc, but, how do take those with you if you have to leave all of a sudden, also you need to have a computer to read them, might not have room for that, need power, etc.. Also you can't share with others at the same time, I can hand out the books as needed, or loan out. I really can't use the computer in my favorite reading place either, the toilet. I even still have a complete set of Survive magazines, even after they went to Guns and Action title, a spin off of SOF magazine during the 1980s. I never throw anything away, almost, when I do, I need it the next week.

    Let me know what your favorite preparedness books are, always looking for more info.

    Just saw this quote, I'm sure its been up before...

    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
    You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

    ........Abraham Lincoln

    Here is a photo of some titles I keep...

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    Last edited: Nov 4, 2009
  2. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    I'm not really a book person. I probably only read three a year (excluding the bible which I read every year) and that's a heavy reading year.

    I blame my university education. I was forced to read mountains of books for three years straight. After that I never wanted to read another book ever again. Before I went to university I used to enjoy reading.

    So my library is pretty empty.

  3. youpock

    youpock Well-Known Member

    I also really despise books, my wife hates it because she reads a ton. But I do have a lot of electronic books on dvd about how to do different things in case shtf. Things like how to build different devices that might be important.
  4. Magi

    Magi Active Member

    Most of my survial info is on a thumb drive. I know it takes power to run a computer but my laptop battery and the battery back up gives me a few hrs of computer time. I can take my laptop anywhere so if i do want to read in the outhouse I can lol. In an emegency the info on thumb drive on my keys will be much easier to grab that a footlocker of books. I do have a 3 riing binder of info i have photcopied over the years and my wife has her tin of favorite recipes, the books i guess i would grab are my cookbooks. I also have a few CD's like Encarta that i might pack for general info.
  5. Jerry D Young

    Jerry D Young Well-Known Member

    My emergency preparedness library:

    Civil defense titles

    In Time Of Emergency
    Basic Course In Emergency Mass Feeding
    Handbook For Emergencies
    Ten For Survival
    Personal And Family Survival - Student Manual
    The National Fallout Shelter Program
    Identification (Survey) Of Fallout Shelter In Existing Buildings
    Provisioning Shelters
    Description, Storage, and Handling of Public Fallout Shelter Supplies and Equipment
    Guidance On Water Containers Stored In Public Fallout Shelters
    Acquisition And Distribution of Fallout Shelter Supplies (Except RADEF)
    Fallout Shelter Water Requirements (Supersedes Part D, Chapter 2, Appendix 4, Nov 1963)
    Fallout Shelter Food Requirements
    Fallout Shelter Sanitation Kits
    Maintenance of Law and Order During Civil Defense Emergencies Appendix 1 - Planning and Programs, Appendix 2 - Orientation and Training
    Civil Defense Emergency Operations Planning
    Emergency Lodging
    Emergency Feeding
    Emergency Clothing
    Emergency Welfare Registration and Inquiry
    What The Planner Needs To Know About Blast And Shock
    What The Planner Needs To Know About Electromagnetic Pulse
    What The Planner Needs To Know About Initial Nuclear Radiation
    What The Planner Needs To Know About Fallout
    What The Planner Needs To Know About The Shelter Environment
    What The Planner Needs To Know About The Post-Shelter Environment
    Application To Emergency Operations Planning
    The Mayor's Command Center, Washington, D.C.
    Fallout Protection In The Design Of New Industrial Facilities - A Special Report To Business And Industrial Executives
    Industrial Civil Defense Workbook - First Steps To Company Survival
    Civil Preparedness Principles Of Warning
    EMP Threat & Protective Measures
    EMP Protection For Emergency Operating Centers
    EMP Protective Systems
    Blast Valves And Sensors For Emergency Operating Centers
    Probability Of Fallout Debris Deposition
    How To Use Your Radiological Instruments (Survey Meter And Dosimeter) To Find the Best Shelter and to Minimize Your Exposure To Radiation
    User's Manual - Meteorological Data For Radiological Defense
    Radiological Monitor Student Workbook
    Disaster Operations - A Handbook For Local Governments
    Wind-Resistant Design Concepts For Residences
    Tornado Protection - Selecting And Designing Safe Areas In Buildings
    Introduction To Civil Preparedness
    Standards For Local Civil Preparedness
    Community Action For Civil Preparedness
    Emergency Communications
    Highlights - DIDS - Decision Information Distribution System
    Manual For RACES - Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
    Hazardous Material Information System
    Plan Ahead For Power Supply Problems
    Protection In The Nuclear Age
    Fallout Protection - What To Know And Do About Nuclear Attack
    Emergency Sanitation At Home
    Family Guide - Emergency Health Care
    Mass Thickness Manual For Walls, Floors, And Roofs
    Shelter Through Architectural Design - The Shielding Requirements Influenc On Form
    Technical Standards For Fallout Shelter Design
    Design Considerations For Fallout Shelter Ventilating Air Intake Systems
    Home Fallout Shelter - Modified Ceiling Shelter - Basement Location - Plan A
    Home Fallout Shelter - Modified Ceiling Shelter - Basement Location - Plan B
    Home Fallout Shelter - Concrete Block Shelter - Basement Location - Plan C
    Home Fallout Shelter - Snack Bar - Basement Location - Plan D
    Home Fallout Shelter - Tilt-up Storage Unit Shelter - Basement Location - Plan E
    Home Fallout Shelter - Lean-to Shelter - Basement Location - Plan F
    Home Fallout Shelter - Outside Concrete Shelter
    Home Fallout Shelter - Above Ground Home Fallout Shelter
    Family Shelter Designs
    The Family Fallout Shelter
    Shelters In New Apartments
    Shelters In New Homes
    Increasing Blast And Fire Resistance In Buildings - Design Techniques For Combined Nuclear Weapon Effects
    Disaster Planning Guide For Business And Industry

    Family Food Stockpile For Survival
    Rural Fire Defense
    Defense Against Radioactive Fallout On The Farm
    Fallout And Your Farm Food
    Disaster Control And Civil Defense In Federal Buildings - A Guide For Facility Self-Protection
    Housing With Shelter - Dual-Purpose Residential Fallout Protection
    Report To The Congress - Activities And Status Of Civil Defense In The United States

    Publications Catalog
    Motion Picture Catalog

    First Aid

    Title Author
    Ancient Healing
    Do It Yourself Medicine Ragnar Benson
    Gray's Anatomy
    Magic And Medicine Of Plants Readers Digest
    Myths Of The Cherokee And Sacred Formulas Of The Cherokees James Mooney
    Survivalist's Medicine Chest Ragnar Benson
    The American Medical Association Home Medical Encyclopedia
    The Home Remedies Handbook John H Renner
    Emergency War Surgery US Government
    Ship's Medicine Chest and Medical Aid at Sea US Government
    Where There Is No Dentist Murry Dickson
    Where There Is No Doctor David Werner

    Outdoor skills titles

    Title Author
    ABC's Of Bowhunting Chuck Adams
    All About Camping W. K. Merrill
    Backpacking R. C. Rethmel
    Boy Scout Fieldbook
    Bushcraft Richard Graves
    Complete Book Of Outdoor Lore Clyde Ormond
    Field Guide To Edible Wild Plants Bradford Angier
    Lightweight Backpacking Charles L Jansen
    On Your Own In The Wilderness Townsend Whelen & Bradford Angier
    Outdoor Survival Skills Larry Dean Olsen
    Outdoorsman's Handbook Clyde Ormond
    Rifle And Shotgun Shooting
    Scoutmaster's Handbook
    Survival In The Outdoors Byron Dalrymple
    The Compact Book Of Upland Game Birds Ray Ovington
    The Complete Guide To Orienteering In North America Berndt Berglund
    The Sierra Club Wilderness Handbook David Brower
    Wilderness Gear You Can Make Yourself Bradford Angier
    Wildwood Wisdom Ellsworth Jaeger


    Kurt Saxon's DVD set
    Backwoods Home Whole Shebang & life subscription
    Modern Survival Guide complete back issues and subscription
    Most of the American Survival Guide magazines

    Prep manuals & related

    Title Author
    AFM 64-5 Survival Manual US Air Force
    Family Survival Guide - How To Protect You And Your Family Against Terrorism
    Fighting Chance - Ten Feet To Survival Arthur Robinson & Gary North
    FM 21-76 Survival Manual US Army
    FM 5-34 Engineer Field Data US Army
    Forecasts, Famines, And Freezes John Gribbin
    How To Plan And Develop A Survival Retreat Sidney Ragsdale
    How To Posper During The Coming Bad Years Howard J Ruff
    How To Prepare For The Coming Crash Robert L Preston
    How To Survive The H-Bomb And Why Pat Frank
    Let's Get Ready - An Earthquake Prepareness Handbook
    Life After Doomsday Bruce D Clayton
    Making The Best Of Basics - Family Preparedness Handbook James Talmage Stevens
    New Profits From The Monetary Crisis Harry Browne
    Nuclear War - The Facts On Our Survival Peter Goodwin
    Nuclear War - What's In It For You?
    Nuclear War Survival Skills Cresson Kearny
    Ragnar's Action Encyclopedia Ragnar Benson
    Rawles on Retreats and Relocation James Wesley, Rawles
    SAS Survival Handbook John "Lofty" Wiseman
    Strategic Relocation Joel M Skousen
    Surviving Doomsday C Brice Sibley
    Terrorism Survival Guide – Your Family's Prepareness Plan
    The Art Of War Sun Tzu
    The Book Of Survival Anthony Greenbank
    The Complete Housewife Kurt Saxon
    The Complete Survival Guide Mark Thiffault
    The Family Survival Handbook Martin A Smith & William E Eliason
    The Millennium Bug Michael S Hyatt
    The Modern Survival Retreat Ragnar Benson
    The Russian Disaster - A Survival Handbook For The Nuclear Age Bernard Grossfield
    The Secure Home Joel M Skousen
    The Survival Retreat Ragnar Benson
    The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook Joshua Piven & David Borgenicht
    The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook – Travel Joshua Piven & David Borgenicht
    You Can Profit From A monetary Crisis Harry Browne
    You Can Survive The Bomb Colonel Mel Mawrence


    Title Author
    A Shelter Sketchbook John S Taylor
    Back to Basics Readers Digest
    Build-It-Yourself Homestead Organic Gardening & Farming
    Carrots Love Tomatoes Louise Riotte
    Cold Climate Gardening Lewis Hill
    First Lessons In Beekeeping C. P. Danant
    Humanure Handbook Joseph Jenkins
    Mother Earth News Handbook of Homemade Power Mother Earth News
    The Guide To Self-Sufficiency John Seymour
    Underground Houses - How to Build A Low-Cost Home Robert L Roy
    Wood-Frame House Construction USDA
    The Encyclopedia of Country Living Carla Emery


    Title Author
    Emergency War Surgery US Government
    Humanure Handbook Joseph Jenkins
    Nuclear War Survival Skills Cresson Kearny
    Ship's Medicine Chest and Medical Aid at Sea US Government
    Where There Is No Dentist Murry Dickson
    Where There Is No Doctor David Werner
  6. Jerry D Young

    Jerry D Young Well-Known Member

    The list was too long for a single post. Here are the fiction titles.


    Title Author
    After The Rain John Bowen
    Afterwar Janet Morris
    Airship Nine Thomas H Block
    Alas, Babylon Pat Frank
    Alligator Shelley Katz
    America: R.I.P. Virginia M Fenwick
    Amerika Brauna E Pouns & Donald Wrye
    Anton Irving A. Greenfield
    Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
    Better Dead Than Red Stanley Reynolds
    Blight Mark Sonders
    Blizzard George Stone
    Blizzard Phil Stong
    Cat Five Robert P Davis
    Cataclysm: The Day The World Ended Don Pendleton
    Catastrophe Planet Keith Laumer
    City Wars Dennis Palumbo
    Commander-1 Peter George
    Creatures Richard Masson
    Croc David James
    Damnation Alley Roger Zelazny
    Dance Of The Apocalypse Gordon Eklund
    Darkness And The Deep Vardis Fisher
    Day Of The Delphi John Land
    Death On A Warm Wind Douglas Warner
    Death Wind William C Heine
    Doomsday Squad Dom Gober
    Doomsday Wing George H Smith
    Drought! Ralph Hayes
    Emergence David R Palmer
    Empire Of The Ants Lindsay West
    Eruption Paul Patchick
    Farnhams Freehold Robert Heinlein
    Fatal Exposure Michael Tobias
    Firefight 2000 Dean Ing
    Fire-Hunter Jim Kjelgaard
    Forbidden Area Pat Frank
    Free Flight Douglas Terman
    Heat Arthur Herzog
    Hurricane Of Ice H. L. Perry
    Icequake James Follett
    Icequake Crawford Kilian
    Level 7 Mordecai Roshwald
    Long Voyage Back Luke Rhinehart
    Lucifer's Hammer Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
    Malevil Robert Merle
    Man-Eater Ted Willis
    Meeting The Bear - Journal Of The Black Wars Lloyd Zimpel
    Meteorite Track 291 Edmund H North & Franklin Coen
    Meteorite Track 291 Gary Paulson
    No Blade of Grass John Christopher
    No Truce With Kings Poul Anderson
    Oath Of Fealty Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
    On The Beach Nevil Shute
    On The Brink Benjamin Stein & Herbert Stein
    Overload Arthur Hailey
    Patriots James Wesley, Rawles
    Phoenix Island Charlotte Paul
    Population Doomsday Don Pendleton
    Power Play Kenneth M Cameron
    Pulling Through Dean Ing
    Quake Rudolph Wurlitzer
    Quest For Fire J. H. Rosny
    Quest Of The Dawn Man J. H. Rosny
    Red Tide D. D.Chapman & Deloris Lehman Tarzan
    Seven Days In May Fletcher Knebel & Charles W Bailey II
    Shelter Dan Ljoka
    Shiva Descending Gregory Benford & William Rotsler
    Siege Edwin Corley
    Single Combat Dean Ing
    Slide Gerald A Browne
    Snowbound Bill Pronzini
    Some Will Not Die Algis Budrys
    Starlight Alfred Bester
    Storehouses Of The Snow Edwin Woodard & Heather Woodard Bischoff
    Streetleathal Steven Barnes
    Sub-Zero Robert W Walker
    Such Men Are Dangerous Paul Kavanagh
    Sunstrike George Carpozi, Jr
    Survival Margin Charles Eric Maine
    Survival World Frank Belknap Long
    Survivors John Nahmlos
    Sweeney's Island John Christopher
    Take-Over Louis Rossetto, Jr
    The Ashes Series William W Johnstone
    The Azriel Uprising Allyn Thompson
    The Billion Dollar Killing Paul E Erdman
    The Breaking Earth Keith Laumer
    The Burnt Lands Richard Elliott
    The Colony Mary Vigliante
    The Coming World Earthquake Joe Musser
    The Crash of '79 Paul E Erdman
    The Day New York Went Dry Charles Einstein
    The Day Of The Animals Donald Porter
    The Day The Oceans Overflowed Charles L Fontenay
    The Day They Invaded New York Irwin Lewis
    The Deadly Frost Terrence Moan
    The Divide William C Overgard
    The Drowned World J. G. Ballard
    The End of the Dream Philip Wylie
    The Endless Tunnel Howard H Hilton
    The Freeman Jerry Ahern & Sharon Ahern
    The Green Rain Paul Tabori
    The Hab Theory Allan W Eckert
    The Hermes Fall John Baxter
    The Hot Zone Richard Preston
    The Iron Rain Donald Malcolm
    The Last Days Of America Paul E Erdman
    The Long Tomorrow Leigh Brackett
    The Long Winter John Christopher
    The Movement Norman Garbo
    The Night Of The Toy Dragons Barney Cohen
    The Outrider Series Richard Harding
    The Silver Bears Paul E Erdman
    The Spike Arnaud de Borchgrave & Robert Moss
    The Spook Who Sat By The Door Sam Greenlee
    The Steel, The Mist, And The Blazing Sun Christopher Anvil
    The Survivalist Series Jerry Ahern
    The Sword Of Allah Richard Elliott
    The Third World War Sir John Hacket
    The Third World War: The Untold Story Sir John Hacket
    The Traveler Series D. B. Drumm
    The Wanderer Fritz Leiber
    The Warlord Series Jason Frost
    The Wind From Nowhere J. G. Ballard
    Thirst! Charles Eric Maine
    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
    Through Darkest America Neal Barrett, Jr
    Tidal Wave Martin Wallace Tyler
    To Renew The Ages Robert Coulson
    Train Wreck Jeremiah Jack
    Triumph Philip Wylie
    Tsunami Crawford Kilian
    Warday Whitley Strieber & James Kunetka
    Weather War Leonard Leokum & Paul Posnick
    World War III Force of Arms Ian Slater
    Wrath Of God Robert Gleason
  7. Magi

    Magi Active Member

    Sounds like a truck load of books. I guess the best idea is to have most of the important info stored into ur head.
  8. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

    I have a photographic memory for "things that matter". I can remember hundreds of recipes, thousands of trivial facts, where I last left my 9/16" socket and my light-weight ball-peen hammer.... I can tell you exactly what corner and which shelf holds the bright-orange spray-paint at the PrincessAuto store and where to find the vacuum-bags at CanadianTire.

    Now, if you ask WildMist, she would probably counter with "Why can't you remember to put your socks away" and "Why can't you remember my middle name" and "Why can't you remember my birthday or our anniversary" .. :sssh:

    For everything else, I have my eee netbook (7" screen, 5hr battery + UPS power for an additional 7hrs), my SD-cards full of information, memory-sticks for more information, external HDDs for more information .. and, of course, all my cooking books and recipe boxes. I also have large collections of DIY books and magazines hiding away till I need them again. And yes, I know exactly where they are :2thumb:
  9. bunkerbob

    bunkerbob Supporting Member

    Very nice list Jerry, I'll try and keep up. Didn't see a copy of the Bible or Koran(need to know thy enemies) or The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Think these are necessary or not.:scratch

    Again, how would you get the info from an Ebook, CD, or thumb drive without a computer. Remember, don't place all of your eggs in one basket.

    Canadian, Canadian, Canadian, I'm sure alot of us have college degrees, but don't use that as an excuse not to read hard copies. Enough said.:sssh:
  10. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

    I am pretty sure that I have sufficient power to run my computer / etc for a very long time. Between my solar / inverter / UPS and having two internal batteries - I should be great for a long time. My netbook runs on ultra-low power and I would be able to recharge it off of solar or vehicle running power - and - it is a solid-state computer - no moving parts :2thumb:
  11. bunkerbob

    bunkerbob Supporting Member


    Sounds good unless your my age, speaking of that I just remembered a good story...

    I've sure gotten old! I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement,
    New knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes
    I'm half blind,
    Can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine,
    Take 40 different medications that
    Make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts.
    Have bouts with dementia ...
    Have poor circulation;
    Hardly feel my hands and feet anymore.
    Can't remember if I'm 89 or 98.
    Have lost all my friends. But, thank God,
    I still have my driver's license.
  12. youpock

    youpock Well-Known Member

    I agree, if I don't have enough juice to run one of my small computers than I don't deserve to push on, lol
  13. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    I just don't like books. Or brussel sprouts. So you won't find either of them in my survival stash. I only stock what I need or enjoy.
  14. edmondsonpr

    edmondsonpr Member

    When the lights go out due to no more electricity, all those DVDs and computer files won't compare to the portable, non-electric, hand-carried book!

    Jerry D Young, it looks like you have a good beginning LOL!! My local library can't hold a candle to you!

    BTW, a phone book is an excellent emergency back-up supply of TP.
  15. bunkerbob

    bunkerbob Supporting Member

  16. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

    I have no problems with hard-copy .. I just hate watching my trees turn into paper. We still are not at the level described by StarTrek - we are still very reliant on paper-based-products and according to some reports I have read, our paper-usage is basically double that of the late-80's. :eek:
  17. TechAdmin

    TechAdmin Administrator Staff Member

    But in order to support our paper consumption at least in the US, we are reliant on tree farming as not to destroy native or wild Forrest. I love Star Trek to. I have a fairly large library with a few survivalist/preparedness titles in it but I definitely be using that list to fill out my collection!
  18. Vertigo

    Vertigo Member

    Brussel sprouts rock! With some onion's and some salt and butter they are absolutely amazing!

    Back on topic: Just ordered "Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Acopalypse" (good reviews, but a bad title though) and "How to Survive TEOTWAWKI: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times" both by Mr Rawles,

    I hope I'll enjoy those!


  19. bunkerbob

    bunkerbob Supporting Member

    Patriots, such a good book you won't be able to put it down. I just ordered Alas, Babylon, 1959 by Pat Frank (the pen name of Harry Hart Frank). Great reviews also. Haven't read How to Survive TEOTWAWKI yet.
  20. allen_idaho

    allen_idaho Well-Known Member

    I've heard of Patriots but haven't had a chance to read it yet. It takes place just a few miles north of where I live on the palouse, if I'm not mistaken. That is, after the main characters flee Chicago or wherever.