the ten best books to have

Discussion in 'General Preparedness Discussion' started by stayingthegame, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. stayingthegame

    stayingthegame Well-Known Member

    other than the bible and a canning book what other books would you have if you could only have them and the good book?
    1. Bible :)
    2. Ball Canning Book or other
  2. IndigoLight

    IndigoLight Spiritual Prepper

    A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
    The Encyclopedia of Country Living
    Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners
    How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It by James Wesley Rawles
    Where There Is No Doctor by David Werner
    Where There Is No Dentist by Murray Dickson
    Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills by Abigail R. Gehring
    Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1 / 4 Acre by Brett L. Markham
    Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times by Steve Solomon
    Lord of the Rings or some other good AND thick ;) book for good reading and entertainment
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2011

  3. efbjr

    efbjr Well-Known Member

    A good encyclopedia book form, not electronic media.
  4. The_Blob

    The_Blob performing monkey

    IMO a large dictionary and thesaurus are great assets, no need to revert to the 1500-word-vocabulary limitations of a parrot just because of a little thing called The Apocalypse... :D
  5. Jerry D Young

    Jerry D Young Well-Known Member

    Nuclear War Survival Skills Cresson Kearny
    SAS Survival Handbook John "Lofty" Wiseman
    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
    Magic And Medicine Of Plants Readers Digest
    The Guide To Self-Sufficiency John Seymour
    Back to Basics Readers Digest
  6. SurvivalNut

    SurvivalNut Retired Army

    JDY, do you have a favorite edition of "Ship's Medicine Chest"? I have the 1978 version which relies a lot on calling via radio for advice and diagnosis. Maybe later versions promote medevacs.

    Before I buy another, I would like to know if one is more "hands on."

    I like the Wilderness Medicine Books by Forgey, esp Edition #1 (1980?) which are very hands on written for foreign and mountaineering expeditions and remote cabins.
  7. Jerry D Young

    Jerry D Young Well-Known Member

    I have the 2003 version. And it really relies on radio and satellite communications for a lot of things.

    I'd recommend (and have) some additional resources that cover the things SMC doesn't. Emergency War Surgery is one. Where There Is No Doctor, & Where There Is No Dentist suppliment the Ship's Medicine Chest.
  8. Turtle

    Turtle Well-Known Member

    THANK YOU!!!:congrat::D Agreed.

    The Bible and "Lord of the Rings" are both good choices. I know little of medicine, so I will defer to the recommendations of others on that topic.

    I would add to that:

    "Meditations" - Marcus Aurelius
    "Theory of Relativity" - Albert Einstein
    "Republic" - Plato
    Collected works of Edgar Allen Poe
    Collected works of William Shakespeare
    "Essay on Understanding" - John Locke

    I'm quite certain that there are others which I am forgetting at the moment due to sleep deprivation.
  9. goshengirl

    goshengirl Supporting Member

    I agree with many here - lots of good stuff! I would also add:

    The Federalist Papers
    The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates

    I tend to think that books for post-SHTF fall into two categories: "reference for daily living", and "knowledge to keep for future generations". The Bible and all the reference books (medical, agricultural, etc.) that folks have listed fall into the reference category. The books Turtle listed and the above two here are in the second category. We are stewards to the knowledge we have available to us now, and I believe we have an obligation to preserve that for future generations.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  10. Turtle

    Turtle Well-Known Member

    Well said, and I agree completely! I tend to focus too much on the "classics", leaving off many important documents of our own country's history. I suppose a copy of the Constitution (to include amendments) should be a no-brainer.
  11. Salekdarling

    Salekdarling Member

    Amen to that Blob! If things were to HTF, I'd like to be able to be an educator to my younger sibilings, and my future children and grandchildren. This is why I am collecting my mini library and staying on top of my game with my education! I love being a book worm. :D
  12. Homegrowngirl

    Homegrowngirl Well-Known Member

    The foxfire series. They are good books of knowledge on homesteading. Been trying to find a complete set myself, but a little spendy for my budget.
  13. kejmack

    kejmack Texas!!!

    Gardening at a Glance by Tanya Denckla
    The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Emery
    The Book of Virtues by William Bennett
    Cultural Literacy by Hirch
    Where There is No Doctor
    Where There is No Dentist