JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. The focus is usually on emergency communications gear, bug out bag gear, books and movies–often with a tie-in to disaster preparedness, and links to “how to” self-sufficiency videos. There are also links to sources for both storage food and storage containers. You will also note an emphasis on history books and historical movies. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This week the focus is on the music of Frank Sinatra. (See the Music section.)


The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way (Alton & Alton)

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The Passivhaus Handbook: A Practical Guide to Constructing and Retrofitting Buildings for Ultra-Low Energy Performance (Sustainable Building)

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Joy of Cooking: 2019 Edition Fully Revised and Updated

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Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook


Abandoned. The true story of the four-man crew of a capsized catamaran who survived three months adrift at sea. Available for free download for those with Amazon Prime.

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A surprisingly good low budget short sci-film: Skywatch.

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Red Dawn 1984 + Red Dawn 2012 Double Feature 

Instructional Videos & Vlogs:

As usual, several more video link suggestions were sent to us by reader Tim. J:

Why Snatch Blocks are Awesome (How Pulleys Work) – Smarter Every Day 228

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Wranglerstar: 12 Things Every Man Should Carry In His Car WINTER EDITION 2020

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NC Scout, at American Partisan: One Time Pads – Numbers or Letters?

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DIY Parabolic Solar Cooker


For vinyl enthusiasts: Ultimate Sinatra [2 LP]

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The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits

Gear & Grub:

Reader Tim J. mentioned these:  All American Sun Oven – The Ultimate Solar Appliance

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Plano 1919 Sportsman Trunk with Wheels, Black

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Consider this $30 item part of your car insurance policy:  Dash Cam 1080P DVR Dashboard Camera Full HD 3″ LCD Screen 170°Wide Angle, WDR, G-Sensor, Loop Recording Motion Detection Excellent Video Images. (There is nothing quite like video evidence presented in court, or sent to your insurance company, to prove who was at fault, to substantiate a claim.)

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Another must, for each of your vehicles: First Alert Fire Extinguisher | Professional, 5 lb, PRO5

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Their latest model — their big one: ‘Goal Zero Yeti 400 Lithium Portable Power Station, 428Wh Rechargeable Generator and Backup Power Source with 300 Watt (1200 Watt Surge) AC inverter, USB, 12V Outputs

Make a Suggestion

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  1. I found this old book while looking for something similar. Wisdom never goes out of style.

    The Countryman’s Guide – 29 of Our Famous Country Bookstore Bulletins in One Handy Volume

    Carry on

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